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The First Dissident: The Book of Job in Today's Politics

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One of America's foremost political columnists ties the Book of Job to the news of the day in a provacative exploration of how we can reshape politics by following Job's empowering example.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 3rd 2011 by Random House (first published 1992)
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Rebecca
Sep 08, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
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Brilliant. (Exclamation point.)

I'll have an especially difficult time trying to decide the bookshelf on which I will give this book a home. Religious or political? (For they fall on opposite sides of the wall!) Does it give insight into the Book of Job... or is it a model for citizenship? (Yes.)

Because of this conundrum, this book was perfect for my both religious and political sides. Mr. Safire adeptly fuses the two and brings greater insight to the Book of Job than I have yet heard. I've had a
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Ronald
Nov 26, 2007 Ronald rated it really liked it
For years, I tried to articulate how I feel such identification with the Book of Job. Then came William Safire, a good writer to be sure, but this utterly conservative, self-aggrandizing speechwriter for Nixon with an astoundingly liberal viewpoint of who Job was and how his story fits into today's society. I was shocked with how much I agreed. A resounding statement of human spirit and individuality.
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Jun 11, 2016 Andrew Scholes rated it it was ok
I am not exactly sure what Safire believed about God but I am sure it is not the that God is the omnipotent, omniscient, all powerful creator of the universe. God comes across as unsure if Himself and needing to show His power by overwhelming Job and demonstrating to "the satan" that He can make creatures worship Him no matter what He has done to them.
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Feb 29, 2008 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must read. Saffire uses the Book of Job to examine the necessity of people to question authority and the secrets they desperately wish to keep.
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Shelves: non-fiction, religion, own
"I read the Book of Job last night. I don’t think God comes well out of it." — Virginia Woolf
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William Lewis Safire was an American author, columnist, journalist and presidential speechwriter.

He was perhaps best known as a long-time syndicated political columnist for the New York Times and a regular contributor to "On Language" in the New York Times Magazine, a column on popular etymology, new or unusual usages, and other language-related topics.
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