A Tolerable Anarchy: Rebels, Reactionaries, and the Making of American Freedom
Purdy starts by analyzing the ideals o...more
What all critics appreciated about A Tolerable Anarchy was the rich intellectual history Purdy has constructed; more than one reviewer compared the book to a college course with a very engaging professor. But they were less certain about whether Purdy had reliably proved his particular thesis. In the New York Times Book Review, Gary Hart, the former senator and presidential candidate, compared Purdy's book to Alan Wolfe's recent title The Future of Liberalism and found the former the equivalent...more
Purdy shows how that freedom is not ensconced in government documents, but is a constantly changing idea whose limits are expanding. He cites Frederick Douglass as an example of an individual who took the failures of American freed...more
That said, when all is said in done, he made a strong case for addressing issues of today with a wide open mind and great respect. As always with Purdy, a good read; better...more
This book didn't disappoint. It was harder to get through than I remember his other works (most likely because I had to put it down every few minutes because I have kids now).
Purdy does an excellent job connecting the different tangents he picks up through American history and brings them solidy up to the pr...more