We Do Our Part

We Do Our Part

Toward A Fairer and More Equal America

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Charles Peters, the legendary founder of Washington Monthly magazine, whose career as a critic and student of the nations capital spans forty years, writes about a spirit of collaboration, generosity, and community that flourished in the 1930swhen government was actually a force for goodand has since been lost. The rise of lobbying, snobbery, and money as the measure of all things have come to define an America that, despite its progress, has become mired in selfishness. We Do Our Part ends with a powerful call to armsto participate in the life of the nation, restore a sense of common future, and fight against the overwhelming inequality that threatens to wreck America
Publisher: New York : Random House Publishing Group, 2017
ISBN: 9780679645665
Branch Call Number: eBOOK
JC575 .P44 2017
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Jul 18, 2017

It’s an encouraging title, lifted from the letter and spirit of the New Deal. This book follows suit, encouraging citizens of all races and classes to move “toward a fairer and more equal America” by listening to each other and to our “good side” instead of our “bad side.”
The history is interesting—the New Deal era was unfamiliar to me—especially where he’s talking about his friends and acquaintances. He made a pretty keen observation on libertarian snobbery [p. 237]. On other topics he doesn’t offer much. For example, he clearly has an axe to grind on the topic of teacher job performance. The author’s recounting of trends is not dry, and he does seem aware of himself as a potential grandpa remembering the good old days. But, I can’t say I got much enlightenment from this book. It gives you a lot of what happened and who was involved, but not much how or why of the trends he cites. As a liberal, I enjoy his optimism that liberals can win back rural and working-class voters as their natural allies by listening to “the legitimate concerns of the other side” and accommodating them where possible. If nothing else, this book is a good reminder of the “we do our part” spirit that’s desirable in a democracy.

Jun 16, 2017

This is an excellent book. I recommend it to anyone interested in understanding how we moved from the communal sense of kindness if the New Deal to the growing inequality today.


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