The Wish for Kings: De...
The Wish for Kings: Democracy at Bay
For the better part of 20 years, Lewis H. Lapham has sketched the American social and political landscape with a fine sense of history and a sharp and caustic wit. In The Wish for Kings, his most provocative book to date, Lapham obliges us to take a long hard look at what has become of our hallowed democratic tradition. Although we like to believe that we live by Lincoln's...more
Hardcover, 213 pages
Published June 1st 1993 by Grove/Atlantic
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Apr 11, 2014 Chris Brimmer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Lapham delivers a rant that lasts over 200 cynical, caustic and darkly funny pages. Written in the wake of the 1992 presidential election, this book could have been written without a satirical tone anytime in the last 20 years. Much like a Lewis Black stage performance, Lapham shoves what should be obvious about the faults and foibles of American politics, celebrity culture and voter antipathy into your face and then beats you about the head and neck with it as penance for your denial.
Lapham's voice is the angry conscience of discontent I sense within myself. American's, myself included, have gotten soft, our freedoms taken for granted. Freedom demands self-responsible citizens. We desire others do the heavy lifting. We have become lazy, spoiled children who trade our liberties for comfort. At summing up where our country has come from and where we are he is the best of the best. Five plus stars.
Lewis Henry Lapham was the editor of Harper's Magazine from 1976 until 1981, and again from 1983 until 2006. He is the founder and current editor of Lapham's Quarterly, featuring a wide range of famous authors devoted to a single topic in each issue. Lapham has also written numerous books on politics and current affairs.More about Lewis H. Lapham...