Deepening the American Dream

Reflections on the Inner Life and Spirit of Democracy

By Mark Nepo (Editor); Theodore M. Hesburgh (Foreword by); Robert N. Bellah (Introduction by)
Jossey-Bass, Hardcover, 9780787977375, 274pp.

Publication Date: September 2005

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"Deepening the American Dream" offers a collection of reflections on the spiritual meaning of being American in today's world from some of our most respected thinkers: Gerald May, Jacob Needleman, Elaine Pagels, Robert Inchausti, Parker Palmer, and others. "Deepening the American Dream" explores the inner life of democracy, the way citizens are formed, and considers the spiritual aspects of the American dream3/4life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. With original essays from distinguished writers and thinkers, this important work examines the American dream and gives us a deeper understanding of who we are now and what our dreams and aspirations are today.

About the Author
Mark Nepo is a poet, philosopher, and" "author of fourteen books, including the "New York Times" bestseller "The Book of Awakening". Mark has appeared with Oprah Winfrey on her "Super Soul Sunday" program (OWN TV) and has been interviewed by Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America." He lives in southwest Michigan. Visit him online at and, President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame.Recipient of the National Humanities Medal, Robert N. Bellah is Elliott Professor of Sociology Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley. Richard Madsen is Professor of Sociology, University of California, San Diego. William M. Sullivan is Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Ann Swidler is Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley. Steven M. Tipton is Professor of Sociology and Religion at Emory University and the Candler School of Theology.
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