The Unmaking of a Whig and Other Essays in Self-Definition

The Unmaking of a Whig and Other Essays in Self-Definition

by Edwin M. Yoder Jr.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
This elegantly written book of essays by syndicated columnist Yoder is for readers who take pleasure in civilized discussions of the American identity in the context of history and our constitutional culture. The first and longest of the pieces concerns a 1946 feud between Justices Hugo Black and Robert Jackson, which, in Yoder's hands, becomes a multifaceted discussion of the limits of judging. Among Yoder's major themes are institutions as the bedrock of a free society, notably discussed in ``The Madisonian Persuasion'' and ``The Centrality of Institutions''; the ``ownership'' of the Constitution, which he wisely argues ``is a trust between generations'' in ``Whose Constitution Is It Anyway?''; and the importance of privacy and its place in the Constitution, the subject of an excellent essay, ``Privacy, the Search in the Shadows.'' For political philosophy collections.-- Nedda C. Allbray, Brooklyn, New York
On the social context of singleness in old age; sex, marital status, and health; finances; work, retirement, and well-being; use of time; urban and rural living; vulnerability. Yoder won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 1979. His nationally syndicated column is distributed by the Washington Post Writers Group. This is an eclectic collection of essays with a central theme of self-definition that is both personal and political. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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