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The dean of American conservatism makes a provocative argument for universal national service. William F. Buckley, Jr., argues that national service would be good for the country—as good as for those who receive its benefits.
Hardcover, 169 pages
Published October 17th 1990 by Random House
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Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
The up-and-coming field of service-learning has been examined in interdisciplinary academia for a few years. Due to the personal and social implications of service, scholars approach service to one's society in multiple ways. Thus, standards do not exist within the field, and theories of its value(s) act as evidence. Such is the case of serial author and war vet Buckley's book Gratitude. One must consider the context, including when this book was written. It is slightly before its time, publishe ...more
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The book really centers on the idea of mandatory national service (non-military) and the debt all citizens owe in a republican state. It's an interesting proposal Buckley describes in the book, and while the book itself is a little dated, the idea of national service isn't. It's a quick read. ...more
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William Frank Buckley, Jr. was an American author and conservative commentator. He founded the political magazine National Review in 1955, hosted 1,429 episodes of the television show Firing Line from 1966 until 1999, and was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist. His writing style was famed for its erudition, wit, and use of uncommon words.

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