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A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism

A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism

by Adam Gopnik


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A stirring defense of liberalism against the dogmatisms of our time from an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author.

Not since the early twentieth century has liberalism, and liberals, been under such relentless attack, from both right and left. The crisis of democracy in our era has produced a crisis of faith in liberal institutions and, even worse, in liberal thought.

A Thousand Small Sanities is a manifesto rooted in the lives of people who invented and extended the liberal tradition. Taking us from Montaigne to Mill, and from Middlemarch to the civil rights movement, Adam Gopnik argues that liberalism is not a form of centrism, nor simply another word for free markets, nor merely a term denoting a set of rights. It is something far more ambitious: the search for radical change by humane measures. Gopnik shows us why liberalism is one of the great moral adventures in human history — and why, in an age of autocracy, our lives may depend on its continuation.

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ISBN-13: 9781541699342
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 07/14/2020
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 223,612
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Adam Gopnik is a staff writer at The New Yorker; he has written for the magazine since 1986. Gopnik has three National Magazine awards, for essays and for criticism, and also a George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. In March of 2013, Gopnik was awarded the medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. The author of numerous bestselling books, including Paris to the Moon, he lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Overture: A Long Walk with a Smart Daughter 1

1 The Rhinoceros Manifesto: What Is Liberalism? 23

2 Why the Right Hates Liberalism 83

3 Why the Left Hates Liberalism 145

Finale: A Thousand Small Sanities 213

Afterword 241

A Page (or Two) of Thanks 265

A Brief Bibliographic Note 269

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