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"Leithart's masterful, commanding narrative takes several surprising turns, teasing out the revolutionary disruption of Christian ingratitude in social and political life--a refusal to bargain and grovel precisely because we are fundamentally grateful to the Creator and risen King."
--James K.A. Smith, Professor of Philosophy, Calvin College, and Editor, Comment magazine
"From Homer to the present, poets, theologians, and thinkers have struggled to find a proper place for this all-important, yet potentially toxic virtue. In a masterpiece of exposition, Peter Leithart tells the story of their efforts. To read this book is to listen in on the debate of an entire civilization, across the ages, over the nature of its own cohesion."
--Peter Brown, Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History, Emeritus, Princeton University
"This is no 'gratitude lite' approach with its blending of philosophical, theological, political, and social sciences perspectives. Leithart persuasively makes a case for why gratitude is intrinsically interesting."
--Robert Emmons, co-editor of The Psychology of Gratitude, and author of Thanks! and Gratitude Works!