Last Best Hope

In Last Best Hope, George Packer traces the shocks back to their sources.

Last Best Hope

Last Best Hope

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice "[George Packer's] account of America’s decline into destructive tribalism is always illuminating and often dazzling." —William Galston, The Washington Post Acclaimed National Book Award-winning author George Packer diagnoses America’s descent into a failed state, and envisions a path toward overcoming our injustices, paralyses, and divides In the year 2020, Americans suffered one rude blow after another to their health, livelihoods, and collective self-esteem. A ruthless pandemic, an inept and malign government response, polarizing protests, and an election marred by conspiracy theories left many citizens in despair about their country and its democratic experiment. With pitiless precision, the year exposed the nation’s underlying conditions—discredited elites, weakened institutions, blatant inequalities—and how difficult they are to remedy. In Last Best Hope, George Packer traces the shocks back to their sources. He explores the four narratives that now dominate American life: Free America, which imagines a nation of separate individuals and serves the interests of corporations and the wealthy; Smart America, the world view of Silicon Valley and the professional elite; Real America, the white Christian nationalism of the heartland; and Just America, which sees citizens as members of identity groups that inflict or suffer oppression. In lively and biting prose, Packer shows that none of these narratives can sustain a democracy. To point a more hopeful way forward, he looks for a common American identity and finds it in the passion for equality—the “hidden code”—that Americans of diverse persuasions have held for centuries. Today, we are challenged again to fight for equality and renew what Alexis de Tocqueville called “the art” of self-government. In its strong voice and trenchant analysis, Last Best Hope is an essential contribution to the literature of national renewal.

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Last Best Hope
Language: en
Pages: 240
Authors: George Packer
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-06-15 - Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice "[George Packer's] account of America’s decline into destructive tribalism is always illuminating and often dazzling." —William Galston, The Washington Post Acclaimed National Book Award-winning author George Packer diagnoses America’s descent into a failed state, and envisions a path toward overcoming our injustices,
Star Trek: Picard: The Last Best Hope
Language: en
Pages: 336
Authors: Una McCormack
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-02-11 - Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek

The USA TODAY bestseller—based on the new Star Trek TV series! “Fifteen years ago…you led us out of the darkness. You commanded the greatest rescue armada in history. Then...the unimaginable. What did that cost you? Your faith. Your faith in us. Your faith in yourself. Tell us, why did you
The Last Best Hope
Language: en
Pages: 264
Authors: Ronald Reagan
Categories: Literary Collections
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016 - Publisher: Humanix Books

From the time he arrived on the political scene in 1964 - throughout his presidency and beyond, Ronald Reagan - used his speeches to inspire and reinvigorate America. When he spoke, Reagan, said, he was "preaching a sermon." The American people saw his vision of America and his dreams for
America: The Last Best Hope
Language: en
Pages: 1088
Authors: William J. Bennett
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-10-22 - Publisher: Thomas Nelson

A single-volume edition of William J. Bennett's bestselling series, thoroughly revised and updated. "The role of history is to inform, inspire, and sometimes provoke us, which is why Bill Bennett's wonderfully readable book is so important." --Walter Isaacson A decade ago, William J. Bennett published a magisterial three-volume account of
Last Best Hope
Language: en
Pages: 96
Authors: Bryan Schwartz
Categories: Constitutional law
Type: BOOK - Published: 1998 - Publisher: Calgary : Detselig Enterprises

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