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Moyers on Democracy

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Description: Bill Moyers on America today: "Here in the first decade of the twenty-first century the story that becomes America's dominant narrative will shape our collective imagination and our politics for a long time to come. In the searching of our souls  More...

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List price: $16.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/5/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Bill Moyers on America today: "Here in the first decade of the twenty-first century the story that becomes America's dominant narrative will shape our collective imagination and our politics for a long time to come. In the searching of our souls demanded by this challenge . . . kindred spirits across the nation must confront the most fundamental liberal failure of the current era: the failure to embrace a moral vision of America based on the transcendent faith that human beings are more than the sum of their material appetites, our country is more than an economic machine, and freedom is not license but responsibilitythe gift we have received and the legacy we must bequeath. "Although our sojourn in life is brief, we are on a great journey. For those who came before us and for those who follow, our moral, political, and religious duty to make sure that this nation, which was conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all are equal under the law, is in good hands on our watch." from "For America's Sake"People know Bill Moyers mostly from his many years ofpath-breaking journalism on television. But he is also one of America's most sought-after public speakers. His appearances drawsell-out crowds across the country and are among the most reproduced on the Web. "And one reason," writes noted journalist Bill McKibben, "is that Moyers pulls no punches. His understanding of America's history is at least as deep as his understanding of Christian tradition, which is an integral part of his background . . . With his feet firmly planted in the deepest American traditions, Bill Moyers is helping to keep alive an oratorical tradition that is fading after two centuries. Trained by his career in broadcasting, he writes for the ear, his cadences and his repetitions timed to bring an audience to full realization of its role and its power." And that is the message of this book.Moyers on Democracycollects many of Bill Moyers'smost moving statements to connect the dots on what is happening to our countrythe twinned growth of private wealth and public squalor, the assault on our Constitution, the undermining of the electoral process, the accelerating class war against ordinary (and vulnerable) Americans inherent in the growth of economic inequality, the dangers of an imperial executive, the attackon the independence of the press, the despoiling of the earth we share as our common giftand to rekindle the reader's conviction that "the gravediggers of democracy will not have the last word." Richly insightful and alive with a fierce, abiding love for our country,Moyers on Democracyis essential reading in this fateful presidential year.

Bill Moyers, June 5, 1934 - Bill Moyers was born in Hugo, Oklahoma, on June 5, 1934. He attended North Texas State College, the University of Texas at Austin, earning his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism in 1956, the University of Edinburgh in Scotland from 1956 to 1957 and the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas in 1959. After college, Moyers joined the staff of Senator Lyndon B. Johnson as his personal assistant, from 1960 to 1961. From 1961 to 1962, Moyers was the associate director of public affairs for the Peace Corps, and deputy director of the Peace Corps in 1963. He later joined Johnson again, this time as special assistant to the President, from 1963 to 1967. He became the Press Secretary, in 1965 until 1967. That same year, he began as publisher of Newsday, holding the position until 1970. He then became producer and editor of the Bill Moyers' Journal for PBS from 1971-76, and an anchor for USA: People and Politics from 1978 till 1981. In 1976 he joined CBS as chief correspondent for CBS Reports for two years. He was the senior news analyst for CBS News from 1981 to 1986 and has been executive editor of Public Affairs Programming Inc. since 1986. Over the course of his many years in journalism, Bill Moyers has earned and received many awards and honors, among them, an Honorary doctorate, from the American Film Institute; numerous Emmy Awards; the Ralph Lowell medal for contribution to public television; George Peabody awards, 1976, 1980, 1985-86, 1988-90; DuPont/Columbia Silver Baton award, 1979, 1986, 1988; Gold Baton award, 1991; and the George Polk awards, 1981, 1986.

Introduction
The Ideal of Service
For America's Sake December 12, 2006: A New Story for America
At Large September 21, 1986: Peace Corps Twenty-fifth Anniversary Memorial Service
The Broad Margin November 22, 1988: Peace Corps Commemoration of the Death of John F. Kennedy
The Happy Warrior June 23, 1998: The Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs in Commemoration of Hubert H. Humphrey's Speech to the Democratic National Convention in 1948
Remembering Bill Coffin April 20, 2006: Eulogy for William Sloane Coffin, June 1, 1924-April 12, 2006
The Meaning of Freedom November 15, 2006: Excerpt from the Sol Feinstone Lecture at the United States Military Academy
The Power of Democracy February 7, 2007: Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Presented Judith and Bill Moyers with the First Frank E. Taplin Jr. Public Intellectual Award
Help March 3, 2007: American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
Farewell to Lady Bird July 14, 2007: Eulogy for Lady Bird Johnson, December 22, 1912-July 11, 2007
The Uses of History
A Refusal to Remember May 14, 1987: Honorary Doctorate from the Jewish Theological Seminary
The Big Story March 7, 1997: Texas State Historical Association
When the Past Meets the Present May 5, 2000: The Committee of 100
Politics
A Vision of the Future March 8, 1991: Keynote Address for the National Legislative Education Foundation's Democratic Issues Conference
So Great A Soul January 28, 1996: Memorial Service for Barbara Jordan, February 21, 1936-January 17, 1996
Money Talks November 24, 1997: Sacramento Community Center
Saving Democracy February 2006: Remarks on a Lecture Series in California on the Issue of Money and Politics
After 9/11 October 16, 2001: Keynote Address for the Environmental Grantmakers Association
America 101 October 27, 2006: Council of the Great City Schools Fiftieth Anniversary Fall Conference
The Media
Time to Tell November 2, 1991: International Documentary Association Awards Dinner
Remembering Fred W. Friendly March 1998: Eulogy for Fred W. Friendly, October 30, 1916-March 13, 1998
The Fight For Public Broadcasting May 15, 2005: National Conference for Media Reform
Penguins and the Politics of Denial October 1, 2005: Annual Conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists
Democracy, Secrecy, and Ideology December 9, 2005: The Twentieth Anniversary of the National Security Archive
Life on the Plantation January 12, 2007: National Conference for Media Reform
Journalism Matters August 9, 2007: Annual Conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
Religion
God Help Us June 1, 2000: The Charles E. Wilson Chalice Award from Religion in American Life
The Sport of God September 7, 2005: Union Theological Seminary Presents Judith and Bill Moyers the Union Medal
A Commencement Address
Pass the Bread May 20, 2006: Hamilton College Baccalaureate Service
Acknowledgments
Index

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