The Vital Center (Large Print): The Politics of Freedom

The Vital Center (Large Print): The Politics of Freedom

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The Vital Center (Large Print): The Politics of Freedom by Jr., Arthur Schlesinger Arthur

The Vital Center is an eloquent and incisive defense of liberal democracy against its rivals to the left and to the right, communism and fascism. Originally published in 1949, it shows how the failures of free society led to the disenchantment of the masses with democracy, and sharpened the appeal of totalitarian solutions. The book calls for a radical reconstruction of the democratic polity based on a realistic understanding of human limitations and frailties.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781412855631
Publisher: Transaction Large Print
Publication date: 10/15/2014
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 235
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. (1917-2007) was Albert Schweitzer Professor of the Humanities at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and winner of two Pulitzer Prizes. His work explored the liberalism of political leaders, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Robert F. Kennedy and popularized the term imperial presidency. He is the author of numerous books, including War and the American Presidency, The Vital Center, The Age of Jackson, andA Thousand Days. Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. (1917-2007) was Albert Schweitzer Professor of the Humanities at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and winner of two Pulitzer Prizes. His work explored the liberalism of political leaders, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Robert F. Kennedy and popularized the term imperial presidency. He is the author of numerous books, including War and the American Presidency, The Vital Center, The Age of Jackson, andA Thousand Days.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION TO THE TRANSACTION EDITION FOREWORD I. POLITICS IN AN AGE OF ANXIETY 1 II. THE FAILURE OF THE RIGHT 11 III. THE FAILURE OF THE LEFT 35 IV. THE CHALLENGE OF TOTALITARIANISM 51 v. THE CASE OF RUSSIA 68 VI. THE COMMUNIST CHALLENGE TO AMERICA 92 VII. THE RESTORATION OF RADICAL NERVE 131 VIII. THE REVIVAL OF AMERICAN RADICALISM 157 IX. THE TECHNIQUES OF FREEDOM 189 X. FREEDOM IN THE WORLD 219 XI. FREEDOM: A FIGHTING FAITH 243 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS NOTES INDEX

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