Citizenship Papers: Essays

Citizenship Papers: Essays

by Wendell Berry


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Citizenship Papers: Essays by Wendell Berry

"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."
Kirkus Reviews

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619024472
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 10/14/2014
Pages: 190
Sales rank: 634,066
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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

Tuscany 175

Is Life a Miracle? 181

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