A Perfect World: Words and Paintings from Over 50 of America's Most Powerful People

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Name two things you hope will be true about the world in 50 years. Tell me about an environment in which you personally thrive. Now paint a picture of your ideal world." That is what author Debra Trione asked over 50 of the most powerful and influential leaders in America to do - describe their perfect world using words, then picture their perfect world using paint. The result is an extraordinary, first-of-its-kind collection that opens a new type of window into the high aspirations and lofty dreams of many of our national leaders. You can be sure tha such public figures as Norman Schwarzkopf, Alan Dershowitz, Nancy Pelosi, and Julian Bond know full well how to set goals and articulate their vision. But when the author pulled out a box of acrylic paints and oil pastels, every one of the usually lucid leaders who were interviewed for this book sat for an awkward moment in stunned disbelief. This is not an area of my brain that I normally call into play," complained national correspondent James Fallows. "I've never used any kid of paint," howled Senator Alan Simpson. "I can't imagine anything more difficult to do," Patricia Ireland protested. One fascinating way to experience this book is to compare the statements and illustrations to each other. What dominant and recurring themes emerge among these varied individuals? Are paintings done by bitter political adversaries as different as one might expect? What new goals or ideals do the paintings uncover that words alone cannot convey? A Perfect World offers graphic answers to these momentous questions and more. This unique book will entertain and enlighten the intelligent, engaged, and curious reader in us all.

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Author Debra Trione began work on A Perfect World in 1997 after serving on the President's Council on Sustainable Development, where she helped federal officials, Fortune 500 CEOs, and national advocacy leaders write policy recommendations bound for the president's desk. She has written extensively on current events for Chicago Public Radio, Marketplace, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Honolulu Star Bulletin, and more. During the 1980s she worked at Harvard University Press and Harvard Medical School as an editor. She has also written art criticism for a number of publications around the country. She lives with her husband in Rochester, N.Y.

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"I can't really hope for much for a country that is as wackily religious as ours," writes Yale English professor Harold Bloom in his somewhat pessimistic contribution to A Perfect World: Words and Paintings from Over 50 of America's Most Powerful People, edited by journalist Debra Trione. Others featured in this small, colorfully illustrated volume include Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, General Norman Schwarzkopf and chemistry Nobel laureate Dudley Herschbach. A wide range of political perspectives are represented, as well as a wide range of artistic skills: stick figures, landscapes of varying legibility and an abstract painting of interlocking arrows representing "flows of trade, capital, people, ideas and technology throughout the globe" are among the offerings.
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