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Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy

On Being an American Citizen

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Trumpeter | 04/08/2008
Pages: 304 | Size: 6.00 x 9.00
ISBN: 9781590302972

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    Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy

    On Being an American Citizen

    In this provocative work, Susan Griffin charts the rise and fall of our society’s highest values—equality, truth, and freedom—from the Declaration of Independence to the Iraq War. Combining contemplative memoir with social and political history, she explores both the inward…  Read More

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In this provocative work, Susan Griffin charts the rise and fall of our society’s highest values—equality, truth, and freedom—from the Declaration of Independence to the Iraq War. Combining contemplative memoir with social and political history, she explores both the inward and outward dimensions of our democracy. She argues compellingly that the dawning of American democracy represented nothing less than a revolution of consciousness, one that is still unfolding today.

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“Charming and even lyrical.”—Baltimore Sun

“Unique . . . fresh and probing . . . strikes at the very heart of America's cruel paradoxes. With a light, yet devastating touch, Griffin charts our continued ‘wrestling’ with democratic ideals—her incisive search for the soul of democracy stirs up pride, despair, and hope.”—Booklist, starred review

“An intellectually satisfying account that shows through the stories of selected historical personalities and her own life that democracy is, and always will be, a work in progress.”—Foreword Magazine

“A fascinating retrospective by a thoughtful participant-observer of the past (nearly) fifty years of great tumult in American society.”—New Age Retailer

“Susan Griffin's superb prose reveals democracy not as a distant abstraction but as a live, inspiring, and difficult presence shaping us every day, an angel all Americans wrestle with.”—George Lakoff, author of Whose Freedom? The Battle Over America's Most Important Idea

“In this compelling book Griffin shows us that democracy is not something that we can take for granted. We must continually establish it in our hearts and in our society.”—Maxine Hong Kingston

“Susan Griffin inspires us, once again, to ask the tough questions and follow them with compassion. This is a prose poem, an ode to freedom, elegiac and revolutionary.”—Terry Tempest Williams, author of Refuge and The Open Space of Democracy

“Poetic, personal, political, this powerful new work celebrates the true meaning of freedom. Susan Griffin offers readers a provocative meditation on the culture of democracy.”—bell hooks

“Griffin has removed the rhetorical clichés from democracy and revealed a breathing, sentient angel of wisdom, now held captive by tyranny, money, and our misplaced faith in authority. This is nothing less than cultural poverty steeped in history and heart.”—Paul Hawken, author of Blessed Unrest

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