A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism

A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism

The New York Times-bestselling author offers a stirring defense of liberalism against the dogmatisms of our time Not since the early twentieth century has liberalism, and liberals, been under such relentless attack, from both right and left. The crisis of democracy in our era has produced a crisis of faith in liberal institutions and, even worse, in liberal thought. A Tho The New York Times-bestselling author offers a stirring defense of liberalism against the dogmatisms of our time N...

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Title:A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism
Author:Adam Gopnik
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Genres:Politics
ISBN:154169936X
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism Reviews

  • Warwick
    Jul 23, 2019
    ?Liberal? is a tricksy term, and I'm not really sure what it means, even after reading Adam Gopnik's airy defence of it. In the UK, it brings to mind historical thinkers such as Locke, or John Stewart Mill; in the US, it vaguely means ?supportive of the Democratic Party?. With ...
  • Michelle
    Aug 09, 2019
    This book is great reading for everyone to help understand more about how our American society was founded and how it functions. I consider myself a liberal, and while I don't necessarily agree with all of Gopnik's premises (I'm probably a more progressive-leaning liberal than he is), ...
  • David
    Mar 26, 2019
    An absolute embarrassment. ...
  • Ginny
    Jun 05, 2019
    I listened to this as an audiobook. Partway in I wished I'd had an actual book so I could re-read some sections. ...
  • Dyan
    Jul 17, 2019
    Thoughtful, complex analysis of what liberal means historically and in our current culture. A book I?ll refer back to to better understand politics today. A line I love: ?The special virtue of freedom is not that it makes you richer and more powerful but that it gives you more time...
  • E.
    Jul 22, 2019
    Gopnik offers a robust defense of the liberal worldview as the great human moral adventure. He writes, "Whenever we look at how the big problems got solved, it was rarely a big idea that solved them. It was the intercession of a thousand small sanities. A thousand small sanities are us...
  • Serge
    Jul 26, 2019
    Very thoughtful book I appreciated Gopnik?s ?passionate, patriotic, and public-minded? defense of liberalism. I particular, his argument that liberalism is first and foremost hatred of cruelty is compelling. His seamless use of classic literature demonstrates to great effect t...
  • Michael
    Jun 08, 2019
    I'm sure this is a good book, but I just don't have the bandwidth right now. Read this sentence: Liberalism is an evolving political practice that makes the case for the necessity and possibility of (imperfectly) egalitarian social reform and ever greater (if not absolute) tolerance...
  • Carolyn
    Jun 20, 2019
    A Thousand Small Sanities I loved this book.Brilliant. It?s a liberal education all on its own, nicely rolled in to a cohesive understanding. Read it! If you?re a liberal, this book will be right up your ally philosophically and, if you?re like most liberals - let?s say p...
  • Joseph Stieb
    Aug 04, 2019
    Thought this was a brilliant defense of liberalism as well as a fair-minded and thorough consideration of conservatism and leftism. You might be wondering: What could Gopnik possibly contribute to the proliferation of defenses of liberalism? Well, he starts by clarifying that defending...
  • Kevin
    Jul 28, 2019
    3.5 stars. Loved the thesis, but the writing was clunky. ...
  • Ross Mckinney
    Jul 28, 2019
    This is a very solidly reasoned book about the essence of liberalism, with chapters considering why the right dislikes liberalism, and why the radical left hates traditional liberalism almost as much. It's an enjoyable book to read, although it starts slowly. I had to be drawn into his...
  • Richard Gilbert
    Aug 16, 2019
    Gopnik is a brilliant man and a thrilling writer. That said, A Thousand Small Sanities doesn't sing and soar like his previous book I read on Lincoln and Darwin. Instead, he plows a wide, steady path toward an unexpected, important insight. He has come to draw a firm clear line betw...
  • Rachel
    Jul 14, 2019
    I found this an interesting if slightly unfocused read. It took a meandering course through the personal history of prominent liberals like Harriet Taylor, with side discourses on various concepts like liberalism and faith and liberalism and capitalism. I learned something, which I lik...
  • Matt Schiavenza
    Jun 20, 2019
    Reading an Adam Gopnik book is like having dinner with a witty, erudite, charming friend who nevertheless leaves you wondering what the conversation was about. I don't mean this as an insult ? I generally enjoy Gopnik's writing, but readers looking for precise argumentation here will...
  • Alissa McCarthy
    Aug 04, 2019
    I heard this recommended on a podcast I listen too. I acknowledge that the podcast is, if I had to classify it in political terms, "left-leaning," so the underlying assumption is that reading this book would be like singing from a well-worn hymnal. It turned out to be a hymnal a bit le...
  • Seema Rao
    Feb 25, 2019
    Thought-provoking ~ Well-written ~ Right-on tl:dr: Liberalism isn't crazy; its human and important. Gopnik starts with a story about helping his teenaged daughter through the political stresses of the 2016 election. From that introduction, the reader is introduced to Gopnik's ap...
  • Albert Stern
    Jun 20, 2019
    Just finished this and some of the reviews, mostly from left-leaning publications like The Nation and New Republic that basically eviscerated it. From a right of center point of view, what's annoying is that Gopnik equates liberalism with virtue, that it is born of and embodies all tha...
  • James Hendrickson
    Aug 20, 2019
    An expansive review of liberalism This is, in my view, a fair review of liberalism that largely focuses on liberalism itself without descending into finger pointing at the other side. Mr. Gopnik answers the question of what is liberalism that in these partisan times no one seems to ...
  • Francesca
    Aug 06, 2019
    My goodness...I could not put this down! It's the awe and wonder that comes with thinking about the how, the why, the who of liberalism and liberals themselves; what it is, how it became, what's it's become, what is feared, what is missing, and all told by a father to his daughter. So...
  • Patrick
    Jun 09, 2019
    If you read one book this year, let it be this one. ...
  • Paul Kelly
    Jul 22, 2019
    10 Quotes that will help you evaluate this book 1. The secret truth is that what we are having most of the time is the same reform, over and over again, directed to new places and people: a removal of socially sanctioned cruelty. 2.The real source of reform is often far from any ...
  • Mark Lawry
    Jun 24, 2019
    Liberal and conservative are two words that have evolved over the last few 100 years. This fact almost makes these two words meaningless. A great frustration for myself is that being an American liberal does not make one a classical liberal, or even a liberal. As Gopnik points out Adam...
  • Kerry
    Aug 09, 2019
    I'd first seen Gopnik on a political talk show and he impressed me with his insights though I thought he might "read" better in print, as many authors naturally do, than in such a contentious format. Not so much, as it turns out. I can't add much to the other reviews I've seen of this ...
  • Paul Szydlowski
    Jul 23, 2019
    The most important passage in this book refers to the salons of the 17th and 18th centuries, out of which liberalism and democracy grew, finishing with the observation that parliament is only as strong as the coffee house next door. That single sentence inadvertently captures what ails...
  • MGF
    Jun 04, 2019
    Yes, I decided to read this so the author could preach to me in the choir, and while that did happen, I found the ?preaching? flying right over my head in many cases. There is no doubt there are many highly intelligent and highly quotable lines in this book, but it felt like I need...
  • Dabolay
    Aug 07, 2019
    This is the first book that I have read from Mr. Gopnik and found it to be very enlightening. I needed my dictionary and thesaurus by my side as there were a number of words that I wanted to make sure I understood. This is a library copy and I really need time to go through the book...
  • Tom Walsh
    Aug 15, 2019
    Makes a good case for a formal definition of Liberalism. Highly readable, not bogged down by politics, but occasionally padded with more biographical information of his Liberal/Socialist/Communist heroes. I liked his largely successful attempt at a definition that will survive toda...
  • Jason Grossmann-Ferris
    Jun 04, 2019
    Coming from my own political background, I did not expect to enjoy this book for its intended purpose (in fact, the only joy I intended to derive from it was a good laugh at whatever futile claims the author made in his attempt to properly convey his point). However, its dense nature m...
  • Glenn M
    Jun 28, 2019
    Horribly pretentious ...