Thirteen American Arguments Enduring Debates That Define and Inspire Our Country

ISBN-10: 0812976355
ISBN-13: 9780812976359
Edition: N/A
Authors: Howard Fineman
List price: $17.00 Buy it from $0.01
30 day, 100% satisfaction guarantee

If an item you ordered from TextbookRush does not meet your expectations due to an error on our part, simply fill out a return request and then return it by mail within 30 days of ordering it for a full refund of item cost.

Learn more about our returns policy

Description: "The Thirteen American Argumentsis a thought-provoking, engaging study of the great American debate, and a highly worthwhile read."RealClearPolitics.com "Insightful and enjoyable . . . . InThe Thirteen American Arguments, Howard Fineman lifts  More...

Used Starting from $10.65
New Starting from $14.87
what's this?
Rush Rewards U
Members Receive:
coins
coins
You have reached 400 XP and carrot coins. That is the daily max!
You could win $10,000

Get an entry for every item you buy, rent, or sell.

Study Briefs

Limited time offer: Get the first one free! (?)

All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.

Add to cart
Study Briefs
Periodic Table Online content $4.95 $1.99
Add to cart
Study Briefs
Periodic Table Online content $4.95 $1.99

Customers also bought

Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading

Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/10/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

"The Thirteen American Argumentsis a thought-provoking, engaging study of the great American debate, and a highly worthwhile read."RealClearPolitics.com "Insightful and enjoyable . . . . InThe Thirteen American Arguments, Howard Fineman lifts readers above the fog of modern politics . . . and offers a unique vantage point from which to see that the debates that shape American politics are timeless and profound."--The Washingtonian Howard Fineman is one of our best-known and most trusted political journalists. Mixing vivid scenes and figures from the campaign trail with forays into four hundred years of American history, Fineman shows that every debate, from our nation's founding to the present day, is rooted in one of thirteen arguments thatthankfullydefy resolution. It is the very process of never-ending argument, Fineman explains, that defines us, inspires us, and keeps us free. At a time when most public disagreement seems shrill and meaningless, Fineman makes a cogent case for nurturing the real American dialogue. Shouting is not arguing, Fineman notes, but often hot-button topics, media "cross-fires," and blogs reflect the deepest currents in American life. In an enlightening book that cuts through the din and makes sense of the headlines, Fineman captures the essential issues that have always compelled healthy and heated debateand must continue to do so in order for us to prosper in the twenty-first century.The Thirteen American Argumentsrun the gamut, from issues of individual identity to our country's role in the world, including: Who is a Person?The Declaration of Independence says "everyone," but it took a Civil War and the Civil Rights and other movements to make that a reality. Presently, what about human embryos and "unlawful enemy combatants?" Who is an American?Only a nation of immigrants could argue so much about who should become one. There is currently added urgency when terrorists are at large in the world and twelve million "undocumented" aliens are in the country. The Role of Faith.No country is more legally secular yet more avowedly prayerful. From Thomas Jefferson to Terri Schiavo, we can never quite decide where God fits in government. Presidential Power.In a democracy, leadership is all the more difficult and, paradoxically, all the more essential. From George Washington to George W. Bush, we have always asked: How much power should a president have? America in the World.Uniquely, we perpetually ask ourselves whether we have a moral obligation to change the world or, alternatively, whether we must try to change it to survive in it. Whether it's the environment, international trade, interpreting law, Congress vs. the president, or reformers vs. elites, these are the issues that galvanized the Founding Fathers and should still inspire our leaders, thinkers, and citizens. If we cease to argue about these things, we cease to be. "Argument is strength, not weakness," says Fineman. "As long as we argue, there is hope, and as long as there is hope, we will argue." Praise forThe Thirteen American Arguments "A spectacular feat, a profound book about America that moves with ease from history to recent events. A talented storyteller, Howard Fineman provides a human face to each of the core political arguments that have alternately separated, strengthened, and sustained us from our founding to the present day." Doris Kearns Goodwin, author ofTeam of Rivals "With a marvelous command of the past and a keen grasp

Howard Fineman is "Newsweek's" senior Washington correspondent and columnist. His "Living Politics" column appears regularly in the magazine, on newsweek.com, and on MSNBC.com. An award-winning writer, Fineman is also an NBC news analyst and a regular on "Hardball with Chris Matthews" and "Countdown with Keith Olbermann," His work has appeared in "The New York Times, The Washington Post," and "The New Republic," Once a regular on CNN, Fineman now reports exclusively for NBC, and has appeared on most major public affairs shows, including "Nightline, Face the Nation, Larry King Live, Fox News Sunday, Charlie Rose," and "Washington Week in Review," Fineman lives in Washington with his wife and two children.

×
Free shipping on orders over $35*

*A minimum purchase of $35 is required. Shipping is provided via FedEx SmartPost® and FedEx Express Saver®. Average delivery time is 1 – 5 business days, but is not guaranteed in that timeframe. Also allow 1 - 2 days for processing. Free shipping is eligible only in the continental United States and excludes Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico. FedEx service marks used by permission."Marketplace" orders are not eligible for free or discounted shipping.

Learn more about the TextbookRush Marketplace.

×