The Gardens of Democracy: A New American Story of Citizenship, the Economy, and the Role of Government

The Gardens of Democracy: A New American Story of Citizenship, the Economy, and the Role of Government


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The Gardens of Democracy: A New American Story of Citizenship, the Economy, and the Role of Government by Eric Liu, Nick Hanauer

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls The Gardens of Democracy one of his favorite books. In a post-election world with widespread political upheaval, a deep wellspring of civic engagement and collective action is beginning to emerge. Modern American life has become marked by divisive conversations about everything from racial and social justice to fighting the ever-widening income gap, environmental conservation, and how we might collaborate as active citizens to heal our democracy. 
In The Gardens of Democracy, Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer outline an argument for why our most basic assumptions about these topics need updating for the 21st century. For those finding their voice for the first time, this book offers a conceptual roadmap for a way forward—for what they are resisting, why they resist, and for the better democracy they want to grow.

Liu and Hanauer’s ideas are simple but revolutionary: true “self-interest” is incomplete without tending to the shared best interests of the national community. They illustrate that to model positivity, good citizenship, and ensure liberty and justice for all, we must achieve compromise by reaching across the aisle and putting the power to execute programs back in the hands of individuals, not big government. True freedom does not live in isolation, and we must redefine how we view prosperity in order to move from a dog-eat-dog mentality that perpetuates the top 1 percent to a communal and inclusive movement that illustrates that we’re all better off when we’re all better off.

Timely, inspiring, and highly charged, The Gardens of Democracy is a much-needed call to action for citizens to embrace their roles in a democratic society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570618239
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
Publication date: 11/08/2011
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 496,312
Product dimensions: 7.02(w) x 4.86(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

ERIC LIU is the founder and CEO of Citizen University and executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program. He is the author of several books, including You’re More Powerful than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen, The True Patriot, and A Chinaman's Chance. Eric served as a White House speechwriter and policy adviser for President Bill Clinton. He is a regular columnist for and a correspondent for
NICK HANAUER is a Seattle-based serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, author and activist with a knack for identifying and building transformative business models. In 2007, he co-authored The True Patriot with Eric Liu and co-founded The True Patriot Network, a non-partisan group committed to furthering patriotic ideals. He also co-founded the Washington State League of Education Voters (LEV), a non-partisan statewide political organization focused on promoting public education, where he serves as co-president.

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GeordieFoster More than 1 year ago
I read it in one night! That's an accomplishment for me. I subscribe to much of this thinking & seeing it actually on paper and organized was terrific and made me feel better about my convictions. It will be a tough sale to right wing Baby Boomers but it's written in a way that even they might give it a second thought. Young People these days subscribe more and more to this type of thinking and the education system is integrating it more and more into their curriculums thank goodness. Now if you can just incorporate the thinking of Gene Roddenberry I'd be happy.
myronlh More than 1 year ago
Maybe there is hope for the future if more people would model the suggested behavior.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I haven't finished reading the book as yet, I am reallly enjoying it. Thought-provoking and written in a language I can understand easilly. If the book holds up until I finished, I am going to recommend it to my 3 daughters, among others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A refreshing new look that moves beyond the traditional arguments that have created the current political impass.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a book based on common sense. Something lost in our modern political system.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is completely one sided. It has nothing to do with democracy. It's about Socialism and Communism. It talks about  "redistribution of wealth", how there should be "more unions", and how everyone should be "required to vote".