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The Leveling Wind: Politics, the Culture, and Other News
     

The Leveling Wind: Politics, the Culture, and Other News

by George F. Will
 

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George Will is the most frequently cited commentator on the conservative point of view. The Leveling Wind is his fifth collection, a compilation of recent columns, previously unpublished speeches and reviews published between 1990 and 1994. As a writer, historian and chronicler, Will assesses the triumphs, misadventures and foibles of the Bush and Clinton

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George Will is the most frequently cited commentator on the conservative point of view. The Leveling Wind is his fifth collection, a compilation of recent columns, previously unpublished speeches and reviews published between 1990 and 1994. As a writer, historian and chronicler, Will assesses the triumphs, misadventures and foibles of the Bush and Clinton presidencies, government institutions and the state of American society. He adds depth to our appreciation of the national scene by including vivid portraits of Americans from the inner city to Capitol Hill who are striving to make a difference, and by recounting memorable stories of his own family life. The Leveling Wind richly illustrates Will's distinctive voice on the state of our nation today.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Introducing his fifth collection of columns (these from the last four years), syndicated columnist Will (Men at Work) observes that ``[t]he culture is news.'' When writing about books like Katie Roiphe's The Morning After and Shelby Steele's The Content of Our Character, Will tends to extract what buttresses his conservative views without challenging the books' shortcomings. Yet Will is always lucid, more erudite than many of his pundit peers and not always a Republican cheerleader. He nearly gagged at the 1992 Republican National Convention. And while Will scores popular culture and dysfunctional families for the nation's crime scourge, he acknowledges the importance of gun control and drug treatment. Many of his political views, on such subjects as redistricting to achieve minority representation, are predictable; his more interesting work is grounded in his recognition that a careerist Congress and a media-obsessed presidency are not what the Founders intended. Will's best columns surprise, as when he leaves his armchair to visit a Chicago housing project, or when he suggests we place cultural heroes, not politicians, on our currency, la Europe. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Syndicated columnist, broadcaster, and Pulitzer Prize winner for commentary in 1978, Will is generally regarded as the most erudite spokesman for conservative politics. Here he proves again that political labels are often misleading. In his fifth collection of columns, Will suffers fools badly. He writes of the "emptiness of Bush's politics." Clinton's presidency, he writes, "has become a seamless extension of campaigning, at a cost to the deliberative processes of government." Ross Perot "is a blank book that Americans are judging by its cover." And "government," he contends, "is often imbecilic." There may be no finer writer in the field. Will is at the same time serious and witty, stretching political commentary beyond its normal boundaries. Recommended for all collections.-Chet Hagan, Berks Cty. P.L. Sys., Pa.
Booknews
For twenty years, Will's politically conservative columns have appeared in major newspapers all over the country. This collection of his columns, drawn from the past four years, presents his opinions on subjects much beloved to the political Right, from the bete-noir of political correctness to such apparently vapid concepts as self-esteem. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140247022
Publisher:
Viking Penguin
Publication date:
11/01/1995
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
4.98(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.88(d)

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