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 Thousand Small Sanities is a manifesto rooted in the lives of people who invented and extended the liberal tradition. Taking us from Montaigne to Mill, and from Middlemarch to the civil rights movement, Adam Gopnik argues that liberalism is not a form of centrism, nor simply another word for free markets, nor merely a term denoting a set of rights. It is something far more ambitious: the search for radical change by humane measures. Gopnik shows us why liberalism is one of the great moral adventures in human history--and why, in an age of autocracy, our lives may depend on its continuation.

Title:A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism
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  • Seema Rao

    Thought-provoking ~ Well-written ~ Right-ontl: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 ...

  • David

    An absolute embarrassment....

  • MGF

    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 m...

  • Albert Stern

    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 ...

  • Patrick

    If you read one book this year, let it be this one....

  • Matt Schiavenza

    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 gen...

  • Ginny

    I listened to this as an audiobook. Partway in I wished I'd had an actual book so I could re-read some sections....

  • Mark Lawry

    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 liber...

  • Jason Grossmann-Ferris

    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...

  • Carolyn

    A Thousand Small SanitiesI 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...