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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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Dec 31, 2010 Rebecca rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rebecca by: Curt Roberts
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
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.
An interesting perspective on Job from a former speechwriter and columnist.
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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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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