The Resource Humility : an unlikely biography of America's greatest virtue, David J. Bobb

Humility : an unlikely biography of America's greatest virtue, David J. Bobb

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Humility : an unlikely biography of America's greatest virtue
Title
Humility
Title remainder
an unlikely biography of America's greatest virtue
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David J. Bobb
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Language
eng
Summary
  • America's founding fathers were determined to create a republic that would avoid the fate of ancient Rome. They believed humility -- the virtue absent from ancient notions of greatness -- would save the new nation from the self-aggrandizement that marked the Roman empire. In Humility, Dr. David J. Bobb traces the "crooked line" of humility in political thought, from Socrates to Augustine, from Machiavelli to Lincoln. What emerges is a pioneering philosophical portrait of this quiet virtue in America's political history. With verve, imagination, and authority, Bobb reveals the story of how humility has been indispensable to America's survival -- and its success. Without humility, hard-won through trials and temptations: George Washington might be remembered as the man who crowned himself king; Abraham Lincoln could have broken faith with the Constitution and become a dictator; and Frederick Douglass might never have gained the healthy pride that made him a champion of equality for all Americans. The Americans profiled here -- Washington, Lincoln, Douglass, along with James Madison and Abigail Adams -- demonstrate that greatness and humility are not mutually exclusive. In fact, they need each other. Humility serves as the guardrail to greatness, preventing it from going off the cliff. Now at the edge of a cliff created by the arrogance and bluster of our current political age, America has discarded the vision of the founders. As Bobb argues, we must rediscover humility if there is to be an American future. America is not Rome -- yet. - Jacket flap
  • Traces the "crooked line" of humility in political thought, from Socrates to Augustine, from Machiavelli to Lincoln. What emerges is a philosophical portrait of this quiet virtue in America's political history and an arguement, that in the current political age, we must rediscover humility if there is to be an American future. --Adapted from publisher description
Biography type
contains biographical information
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1974-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bobb, David J.
Dewey number
973.3092/2
Index
index present
LC call number
E176
LC item number
.B664 2013
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Statesmen
  • Politicians
  • United States
  • Humility
  • Humility
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
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Humility : an unlikely biography of America's greatest virtue, David J. Bobb
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (page 211) index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Author's note -- Part one : Early Life. Benjamin Franklin's dilemma -- Jesus and Socrates -- The city of the humble and the city of the proud -- Part two : Trials and temptations. George Washington -- James Madison -- Abigail Adams -- Abraham Lincoln -- Frederick Douglass -- Part three : An age of arrogance. The fragile brilliance of glass -- Notes -- A moral taxonomy -- Suggested further reading -- About the author
Control code
ocn858610486
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xi, 228 pages
Isbn
9781595555694
Lccn
2013022617
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40022949529
System control number
(OCoLC)858610486
Label
Humility : an unlikely biography of America's greatest virtue, David J. Bobb
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (page 211) index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Author's note -- Part one : Early Life. Benjamin Franklin's dilemma -- Jesus and Socrates -- The city of the humble and the city of the proud -- Part two : Trials and temptations. George Washington -- James Madison -- Abigail Adams -- Abraham Lincoln -- Frederick Douglass -- Part three : An age of arrogance. The fragile brilliance of glass -- Notes -- A moral taxonomy -- Suggested further reading -- About the author
Control code
ocn858610486
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xi, 228 pages
Isbn
9781595555694
Lccn
2013022617
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40022949529
System control number
(OCoLC)858610486

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