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From the PublisherMichael Kammen Author of People Of Paradox The Good Citizen is an astonishing tour de force that provides a fresh way of thinking about the changing trajectory and dynamics of political culture in the United States. It should be required reading for every American citizen — above all for cynics and skeptics who assume that meaningful participation in the polity is now beyond our ken.
Todd Gitlin Author of The Sixties: Years Of Hope, Days Of Rage In his characteristically countercyclical way, Michael Schudson gives us a lucid, shrewd argument that democracy is not in free-fall, that its Golden Age (whenever that was) has not drowned in a tidal wave of rights talk, and that American citizenship has not been irrevocably sealed within cathode-ray tubes. No sociologist writing today is more tough-minded, refreshing, or original, and The Good Citizen is his most ambitious and valuable book yet.