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The thirteen American arguments : enduring debates that define and inspire our country

Author: Howard Fineman
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Political journalist Howard Fineman mixes scenes from the campaign trail with forays into 400 years of American history, to show that every debate, from our nation's founding to the present day, is rooted in one of thirteen arguments that--thankfully--defy resolution. It is the very process of never-ending argument, he explains, that defines us, inspires us, and keeps us free. At a time when most public disagreement  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Howard Fineman
ISBN: 9781400065448 1400065445
OCLC Number: 166380149
Description: 306 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction: For the sake of argument --
Who is a person? --
Who is an American? --
The role of faith --
What can we know and say? --
The limits of individualism --
Who judges the law? --
Debt and the dollar --
Local v. national authority --
Presidential power --
The terms of trade --
War and diplomacy --
The environment --
A fair, "more perfect" union.
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Political journalist Howard Fineman mixes scenes from the campaign trail with forays into 400 years of American history, to show that every debate, from our nation's founding to the present day, is rooted in one of thirteen arguments that--thankfully--defy resolution. It is the very process of never-ending argument, he explains, that defines us, inspires us, and keeps us free. At a time when most public disagreement seems shrill and meaningless, Fineman makes a cogent case for nurturing the real American dialogue. Whether it's the environment, international trade, interpreting law, Congress vs. the president, or reformers vs. elites, these are the issues that galvanized the Founding Fathers and should still inspire our leaders, thinkers, and citizens. "Argument is strength, not weakness," says Fineman. "As long as we argue, there is hope, and as long as there is hope, we will argue."--From publisher description.

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