The Simple Life: Plain Living and High Thinking in American Culture

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Traces a persistent strain in American thought and conduct: the effort to turn away from materialistic society and to live instead a `simple life' devoted to plain living and things of the mind and spirit.

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David E. Shi is the president of Furman University, where he is also a professor of history. His books include In Search of the Simple Life, Facing Facts, and The Bell Tower and Beyond.

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"A thoughtful book, filled with carefully assessed observations...strongly recommended reading for anyone contemplating simplification of their personal lifestyles." -- The Midwest Book Review

"Combines creative synthesis with a fresh exploration of neglected materials, especially in the fascinating chapters on the twentieth century." -- Michael Kammen, Cornell University

"It takes a book like David Shi's...to reveal the rich history and surprising complexity of the human impulse to simplify." -- Sal Alfano, Psychology Today

"Meticulously researched...it should stand as a seminal study of an enduring theme in U.S. social history." -- Patrick G. Coy, Sojourners

"Mr. Shi's study is interesting for the light it sheds on America's moral development." -- Israel Rosenfield, The New York Times Book Review

"Offers some assurance that the simple life can be personally gratifying, if not, in the long run, socially constructive." -- Myron A. Marty, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Shi has written a magnificent book, weaving together disparate themes from American history into a wonderful new web of meaning." -- Dale Suderman, Christianity Today

"Shi manages time and again in specific instances to be lively and illuminating." -- Larzer Ziff, The Philadelphia Inquirer

"The first comprehensive survey of America's persistent efforts to bring some moral restraint into our frantic search for wealth." -- Gordon S. Wood, History Book Club

"The most recent expression of a complex intellectual tradition which has shaped American cultures for centuries. If many of Shi's sources for this tradition are familiar, he does a masterful job of bringing them together." -- Jackson Lears, The Nation

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