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A Dream Deferred, America's Discontent and the Search for a New Democratic Ideal

Slater, Philip

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ISBN 10: 0807043044 / ISBN 13: 9780807043042
Published by Beacon Press, Boston, MA, 1991
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Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. ix, [3] 224, [4] p. Notes. Index. Inscribed to Schuyler Sackett, believed to be the television and radio host, and a writer and producer of television documentaries and interview programs. From Wikipedia: "Philip Elliot Slater (May 15, 1927 June 20, 2013) was an American sociologist and writer. He was the author of the bestselling 1970 book on American culture, The Pursuit of Loneliness and of numerous other books and articles. He had an A.B. and Ph.D. from Harvard. He co-wrote and narrated PARADOX ON 72nd STREET, a one-hour TV documentary aired nationally by PBS and acted in over 30 plays and films. Slater taught writing and playwriting at UCSC. Besides the influential 1970 bestseller The Pursuit of Loneliness, Slater was the author of nine other books of sociology and social commentary. He wrote more than 25 novels and plays. Slater believed fervently in democracy's adaptive superiority, an idea he would later develop in his last two books of nonfiction, A Dream Deferred and The Chrysalis Effect." Good in very good dust jacket. Highlighting/underlining. Signed by author. Inscribed on fep, Underlining noted on page on one line on page 3. DJ has slight wear and soiling. Bookseller Inventory # 70758

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Title: A Dream Deferred, America's Discontent and ...

Publisher: Beacon Press, Boston, MA

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition. First printing [stated].

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Examines the democratic threat of authoritarian and militaristic impulses within American society

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While new governments around the world strive for democracy, the United States is becoming increasingly authoritarian and undemocratic. Sociologist Philip Slater shows how Congress-bashing and low voter turnout are symptoms of a larger decline in our faith in the sharing of power and information. In documenting the costs of American authoritarianism, Slater convincingly demonstrates that democratic processes, however messy and confusing, ultimately yield the most intelligent and flexible responses to a complex world.

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