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The Words We Live by

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At one time, this nation held a profound and simple faith in the power of words. Today we have become so engulfed in public cynicism that the whole notion of "words to live by" seems to us impossibly naive. Brian Burrell's splendid collection shows that many of the phrases we once lived by can still have resonance today. A comprehensive, fascinating treasure trove of Ameri ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published July 4th 1997 by Free Press
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Sep 13, 2008 Jeff rated it it was ok
Shelves: history, nonfiction
This felt like a book that got padded a bit because its premise was not enough to hold a whole book together. Much of the early part of the book contained pages of discussion that didn't much seem like they belonged - such as a few pages of discussion of the history of temperance societies in America. Yes, they may have had a slogan or two, but it still felt like a stretch.

I'm also not a fan of the organization, where much of the texts discussed are placed all together at the end of the book, in
May 25, 2012 Cameron rated it liked it
Great reference material for those of us who understand the threat to our Constitution. Its written in kind of a narrative style, filled with text boxes full of facts and anecdotes, footnotes, side notes.
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