"The courage of a book, it has been said, is that it looks away from nothing. Here is a brave book."
―The Charlotte Observer
"Berry says that these recent essays mostly say again what he has said before. His faithful readers may think he hasn't, however, said any of it better before."
―Booklist (starred review)
"His refusal to abandon the local for the global, to sacrifice neighborliness, community integrity, and economic diversity for access to Wal-Mart, has never seemed more appealing, nor his questions of personal accountability more powerful."
There are those in America today who seem to feel we must audition for our citizenship, with "patriot" offered as the badge for those found narrowly worthy. Let this book stand as Wendell Berry's application, for he is one of those faithful, devoted critics envisioned by the Founding Fathers to be the life's blood and very future of the nation they imagined. Citizenship Papers collects nineteen new essays, from celebrations of exemplary lives to critiques of American life, including "A Citizen's Response [to the new National Security Strategy]"a ringing call of caution to a nation standing on the brink of global catastrophe.
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About the Author
Wendell Berry is the author of more than fifty books of poetry, fiction, and essays. He was recently awarded the National Humanities Medal, the Cleanth Brooks Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and the Louis Bromfield Society Award. For more than forty years he has lived and farmed with his wife, Tanya, in Kentucky.
Table of Contents
A Citizen's Response 1
Thoughts in the Presence of Feat 17
The Failure of War 23
Going to Work 33
In Distrust of Movements 43
Twelve Paragraphs on Biotechnology 53
Let the Farm Judge 57
The Total Economy 63
A Long Job, Too Late to Quit 77
Two Minds 85
The Prejudice Against Country People 107
The Whole Horse 113
Stupidity in Concentration 127
Watershed and Commonwealth 135
The Agrarian Standard 143
Still Standing 153
Conservationist and Agrarian 165
Is Life a Miracle? 181