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The Best of Intentions
by Irwin Unger
Irwin Unger, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, suggests in The Best of Intentions that you think of the Great Society the next time you fasten a seat belt, visit a national park, or switch on "All Things Considered." Unger notes that while the sweeping social reforms begun under the Kennedy administration have been seen primarily as benefiting the poor---as the recent de ...more
Hardcover, 399 pages
Published March 1st 1996 by Doubleday
(first published February 1995)
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Interesting but not compelling. I enjoyed reading about a time period I lived through and politicians I remember. It was a bit depressing to learn that the same arguments have been going on for decades and our society is still becoming more unsettled and fragile. Will we ever get it right?