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In Praise of Public Life: A Response to Its Critics

Lieberman, Joseph I.;D'Orso, Michael

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ISBN 10: 0684867745 / ISBN 13: 9780684867748
Edité par Simon & Schuster, 2000
Etat : Very Good Couverture rigide
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Titre : In Praise of Public Life: A Response to Its ...

Éditeur : Simon & Schuster

Date d'édition : 2000

Reliure : Hardcover

Etat du livre :Very Good

Etat de la jaquette : Very Good

Signé : Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition : 1st Edition

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Argues that the boundaries between public and private life must be restored in order for political leaders to regain the respect and support they deserve.


In Praise of Public Life, a slim book by Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, Democrat of Connecticut, succeeds at being several things: a call to public service, a plea for banishing cynicism from American politics, and a glimpse of what the life of a senator is like and how the Senate really works. Lieberman begins by complaining that today's public servant "must face questions not only about how he is doing his job but how he is living his life--and how he has lived his life." This poisonous atmosphere of ad hominem politics and attack-dog journalism has created an environment in which young people don't want to enter public life, writes Lieberman. He offers his own career as a tonic, describing the challenges and joys of working his way through the party ranks and achieving his dream of becoming a senator.

No book by an office-holding politician would be complete without its share of clichés ("It is leadership that the American public is asking for in its government today"), but Lieberman also offers some genuine insights for lay readers on how the Senate functions. Personal contacts are tremendously important to passing legislation, patience and persistence are perhaps a senator's two most useful character traits, and foreign trips (derided as "junkets" by the good-government crowd) represent one of the best opportunities to get to know colleagues (and therefore do business). The prose is breezy, making In Praise of Public Life an easy, quick, and welcome read. --John J. Miller

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