Being America: Liberty, Commerce, and Violence in an American World (Paperback)
Liberty, Commerce, and Violence in an American World
Vintage, 9780375727559, 368pp.
Publication Date: February 10, 2004
Purdy has absorbed insights from people around the world: Westernized Egyptians who consider Osama bin Laden a hero, an urbane Indian who espouses gay rights and the most thuggish kind of Hindu nationalism, Cambodian sweat-shop workers, and others. Out of these conversations--and his inspired readings of political thinkers from Edmund Burke to James Madison--Purdy breathes new meaning into the American values of democracy, liberty, and free trade. Clear-thinking and far-sighted, Being America encourages America to strive to realize the potential it doesn't always know it has.
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Praise For Being America: Liberty, Commerce, and Violence in an American World…
“Incisive and timely. . . . Purdy stands as a calm and articulate voice, able to put much of the current world situation into thoughtful and pragmatic historical context.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Offers refreshing insight into today's debates. . . . If you're looking for something to challenge common assumptions, Purdy's book . . . is well worth the effort." —The Philadelphia Inquirer
“A profound thinker and a fine writer. . . . He offers fascinating theorires.” —The Denver Post
“Purdy is a surprisingly sharp observer. . . . He has the ability to perceive the mix of good and bad in most things.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Keenly observed and brightly reported.” -—San Jose Mercury News