The Quickening of America: Rebuilding Our Nation, Remaking Our Lives / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Rent from
(Save 59%)
Est. Return Date: 07/21/2015
Buy New
Buy New from
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 38%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 94%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (60) from $1.99   
  • New (12) from $3.47   
  • Used (48) from $1.99   


From national political campaigns to local community action groups, a grassroots approach to change is taking hold of America today. Ordinary citizens, driven by a desire to go beyond rhetoric and ideology and address problems in a direct, practical way, are changing the way we live, work, and govern ourselves. The Quickening of America reveals how this new approach to solving our problems is indeed working—in local government, education, the workplace, human services, and the media. The authors criss-crossed America in search of democracy in action and found moving stories of ordinary people coming together to make their institutions meet their needs. Exploding the popular myths about public life, power, and self-interest that stop individuals from discovering the rewards of public involvement, they offer practical advice from ordinary Americans on how to get more involved. They detail specific guidelines that anyone can use in mastering the skills—the 'arts of democracy' necessary to be effective in public life, including lessons on strengthening personal skills in speaking, listening, conflict resolution, and more. More than a book, this is a hands-on resource that is simply written, uses interactive devices throughout, and has a useful resource section at the And.

Change is the watchword of the nineties. Ordinary Americans are coming together to change their workplaces, their communities, their schools, and their lives. This deeply personal, inspiring, and interactive book is full of practical advice on how to get involved.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
''I highly recommAnd Quickening as an extremely useful andpractical guide. It reaffirms that personal and social change areintertwined; that each of us counts; that our lives do make adifference; and that, through involvement and by developing ourskills, we can make an even greater difference.'' (ReverAnd JesseL. Jackson, president and founder, National RainbowCoalition)

"An antidote to cynicism ... an essential 'how-to' manual foranyone interested in translating values into positive results."(Ben Cohen, Ben & Jerry's)

"One of the few truly optimistic books about the state of thecountry today. The book is as much a storehouse of life-changingideas that work as a you-take-charge manual on how to understandeconomics, power, teamwork, the media, corporate strategies and'living demoncracy.'"

"In their accessible, emphatically interactive volume, Lappea andDu Bois challenge debilitating myths about democracy, public life,self-interest, and power; discuss the one-on-one skills (activelistening, creative conflict, mediation, and negotiation) and theskills for use in group settings (political imagination, publicdialogue, public judgment, celebration and appreciation, evaluationand reflection, and mentoring) that are essential elements inbuilding a 'culture of democracy.'"

''The Quickening of America is as urgent and important as any bookpublished in yearsbut, unlike many, it is also of real use toordinary people.'' (Jonathon Kozol, author of SavageInequalities)

''Fascinating stories and insights from Americans who are learningthat democracy is about much more than what happens in Washington.Lappea and Du Bois reveal a new practice of democracy as citizenproblem solvingin our schools, communities, and workplaces. Apowerful antidote to despairhard hitting yet hopeful.'' (HenryCisneros, secretary, Department of Housing and UrbanDevelopment)

''In The Quickening of America I learned how to movewith power,effectiveness, and good humorbeyond self-imposed limits.... Weregular people can and must make history.'' (Randy Hayes, director,Rainforest Action Network)

''After years of listening to regular women and men at thegrassroots, the authors have distilled hundreds of inspiringsuccess stories into a unique 'how-to' book, infusing the conceptsof 'democracy', 'power', and 'public life' with vibrant new meaningand challenging us to profoundly rethink our lives.'' (FritjofCapra, founder and president, The Elmwood Institute, and author ofThe Tao of Physics)

''As an elected official who longs for more empowered citizens, Ihope thousands of people will read this book, where they willdiscover again what hard work, but also what satisfying work,democracy can be.'' (Daniel Kemmis, mayor, City of Missoula,Montana)

''Lappea and Du Bois are chroniclers of changein the way we thinkabout ourselves and the world in which we live.... [a] convincingand refreshing reaffirmation of the democratic process.'' (PatrickJ. Leahy, senator, State of Vermont)

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555426057
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/1/1994
  • Series: NonProfit Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

FRANCES MOORE LAPPE is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including the best-selling Diet for a Small Planet (1971). Her writings have appeared in publications as diverse as Harper's, The New York Times, and Reader's Digest. She is cofounder of the Institute for Food and Development Policy and lectures frequently on issues of democracy in action, food and hunger, and other important issues. PAUL MARTIN DU BOIS has authored two textbooks and over twenty articles, and has served on the faculty and as vice president of two colleges. Lappe and Du Bois are codirectors of the Center for Living Democracy.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents


1. A Powerful New Concept for Effective Living.

2. We Each Have a Public Life.

3. Claiming Our Self-Interest (It's Not Selfishness).

4. Discovering Power (It's Not a Dirty Word).


5. Our Jobs, Our Economy, and Our Lives.

6. Making the Media Our Voice.

7. From Client to Citizen.

8. Governing "By the People".

9. Educating Real-World Problem Solvers.


10. Mastering the Arts of Democracy: One-on-One Skills.

11. Mastering the Arts of Democracy: Group Skills.

12. Embracing the Democratic Self.

13. What, No Manifesto?

Resources for Building a Living Democracy.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)