Extreme Virtue: Truth and Leadership in Five Great American Lives

Extreme Virtue: Truth and Leadership in Five Great American Lives

by Crispin Sartwell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791458806

ISBN-13: 9780791458808

Pub. Date: 11/20/2003

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Extreme Virtue presents a new and radical approach to the problems of leadership and virtue in public life. Originating in the author’s newspaper writing about the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal, the book grapples with what has gone wrong in the American political system and describes what we should look for in our leaders. Sartwell argues that the real problem is a

Overview

Extreme Virtue presents a new and radical approach to the problems of leadership and virtue in public life. Originating in the author’s newspaper writing about the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal, the book grapples with what has gone wrong in the American political system and describes what we should look for in our leaders. Sartwell argues that the real problem is a pervasive lack of truth in political leaders and that more can be accomplished by straight talk than by polling and focus groups.

The book consists of biographical portraits of five great Americans: anarchists Emma Goldman and Voltairine de Cleyre, conservative senator Barry Goldwater, Lakota spiritual leader John Fire Lame Deer, and black nationalist Malcolm X. The author argues that what makes these figures distinctively American is that each shares a suspicion of power and a vision of individual liberation. Despite their distinctive and unique approaches, each person is a model of truth in public life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791458808
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
11/20/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
149
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Emma's Passion (Commitment)

2. Voltairine de Cleyre: Priestess of Pity and Vengeance (Self-Reflection)

3. Barry Goldwater: Bastard Out of Arizona (Integrity)

4. Lame Deer: Spiritual Adventurer (Connectedness)

5. Furious Purity: Malcolm's Truth

Afterword

Index

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