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On Democracy

Category: Book
Foreword By: Meacham, Jon
By (author): White, E. B.
Subject:  HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
  NON-FICTION / General
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: May 2019
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 7.50in x 5.00in x 0.85in
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From The Publisher*

"I am a member of a party of one, and I live in an age of fear."

These words were written by E. B. White in 1947.

Decades before our current political turmoil, White crafted eloquent yet practical political statements that continue to resonate. "There's only one kind of press that's any good-" he proclaimed, "a press free from any taint of the government." He condemned the trend of defamation, arguing that "in doubtful, doubting days, national morality tends to slip and slide toward a condition in which the test of a man's honor is his zeal for discovering dishonor in others." And on the spread of fascism he lamented, "fascism enjoys at the moment an almost perfect climate for growth-a world of fear and hunger."

Anchored by an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham, this concise collection of essays, letters, and poems from one of this country's most eminent literary voices offers much-needed historical context for our current state of the nation-and hope for the future of our society. Speaking to Americans at a time of uncertainty, when democracy itself has come under threat, he reminds us, "As long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman . . . the scene is not desolate."

Review Quote*"For democracy's weary champions, White's time-tested prose is a shot of adrenaline."
Review Quote*"Some of the finest examples of contemporary, genuinely American prose. White's style incorporates eloquence without affection, profundity without pomposity, and wit without frivolity or hostility. Like his predecessors Thoreau and Twain, White's creative, humane, and graceful perceptions are an education for the sensibilities."
Review Quote*"[E. B. White] had a knack for describing in the plainest detail what it meant to be alive... We all know White for the light his approach threw upon the animal kingdom. As these letters prove, he extended that grace to humans, too."
Review Quote*"Anything written by E.B. White must be cherished by writers and readers."
Review Quote*"[E. B. White's] essays, his letters, his quips and his squibs are simply beautiful... The essays show him to have an eloquent and lifelong devotion for freedoms, the letters an eloquent and lifelong devotion to friends."
Review Quote*"My heart is at his feet. Time spent in his company-for that is what reading his letters is-will improve anyone's view of the universe."