There are those in America today who seem to feel we must audition for our citizenship, with “patriot” offered as the badge for those found narrowly worthy. Let this book stand as Wendell Berry’s application, for he is one of those faithful, devoted critics envisioned by the Founding Fathers to be the life’s blood and very future of the nation they imagined. Adams, Jefferson and Madison would have found great clarity in his prose and great hope in his vision. And today’s readers will be moved and encouraged by his refusal to surrender in the face of desperate odds. This collection of nineteen essays is a ringing call of alarm to a nation standing on the brink of global catastrophe. Books get written for all sorts of reasons, and this book was written out of necessity.
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"Berry says that these recent essays mostly say again what he has said before. His faithful readers may think he hasn't, however, said any of it better before." —Booklist Starred Review
WENDELL BERRY is the author of more than fifty books of poetry, fiction, and essays. He was recently awarded the National Humanities Medal, the Cleanth Brooks Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and the Louis Bromfield Society Award. He lives and works in his native Kentucky with his wife, Tanya Berry, and their children and grandchildren.
“Berry says that these recent essays mostly say again what he has said before. His faithful readers may think he hasn’t, however, said any of it better before.” —Booklist Starred Review
“His refusal to abandon the local for the global, to sacrifice neighborliness, community integrity, and economic diversity for access to Wal-Mart, has never seemed more appealing, nor his questions of personal accountability more powerful.” —Kirkus
“The courage of a book, it has been said, is that it looks away from nothing. Here is a brave book.” —Charlotte Observer