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Straight Shooting: What's Wrong with America and How to Fix It

Straight Shooting: What's Wrong with America and How to Fix It

by John Silber

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The nationally prominent, outspoken president of Boston University here passionately defends traditional values. While he finds symptoms of malaise in American society increasingly evident, Silber believes that today's youth will rediscover ``the foundations of morals, and many more traditional beliefs and practices founded on wisdom, hard-won through thousands of years.'' In the section ``First Principles,'' he addresses fundamental concepts that govern individuals in society; ``Lessons in School' relates his experiences as an educator; ``Lessons Out of School'' is a philosophical examination of problematic areas of contemporary life. Silber is provocative and interesting, a straight-shooter, in this well-written, stimulating analysis of the American condition today. Conservative Book Club main selection. (Oct.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Silber, president of Boston University since 1970, argues that morality, responsibility, and a return to the Kennedy Doctrine will lead to a stronger and safer future. In well-written chapters that deal with heroes, teenagers, academic freedom, poverty, the military, and more, Silber examines the status of America. His chapters do not necessarily seem sequential, but each contributes to his view. The chapters on academic freedom and the nature of a university are enriched by both historical and literary contexts and quotations. (Surprisingly, the only women cited in the book are pregnant, unmarried mothers, and Greek goddesses.) Personal references and anecdotes combined with philosophy and history create a provocative book. At the end Silber does some ``straight shooting'' aimed at the Soviet Union. Here the philosophical tone and well-articulated argument of the majority of the book are replaced by indictment and warning. For the literate reader.-- Nancy E. Zuwiyya, Binghamton City Sch. Dist., N.Y.

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