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This I Believe

The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women
  • By Dan Gediman
  • By Jay Allison
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"A welcome change from the sloganeering, political mudslinging and products of spin doctors."--"The Philadelphia Inquirer""" Based on the NPR series of the same name, "This I Believe" features eighty Americans--from the famous to the unknown--completing the thought that the book's title begins. Each piece compels readers to rethink not only how they have arrived at their own personal beliefs but also the extent to which they share them with others.
Featuring many renowned contributors--including Isabel Allende, Colin Powell, Gloria Steinem, William F. Buckley Jr., Penn Jillette, Bill Gates, and John Updike--the collection also contains essays by a Brooklyn lawyer; a part-time hospital clerk in Rehoboth, Massachusetts; a woman who sells yellow pages advertising in Fort Worth, Texas; and a man who serves on Rhode Island's parole board.
The result is a stirring and provocative trip inside the minds and hearts of a diverse group of people whose beliefs--and the incredibly varied ways in which they choose to express them--reveal the American spirit at its best. Jay Allison, the host and curator of "This I Believe," is an independent broadcast journalist. His work appears often on NPR and has earned him five Peabody Awards. He is the founder of the public radio stations that serve Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cape Cod, where he lives.
Dan Gediman is the executive producer of "This I Believe." His work has been heard on "All Things Considered," "Morning Edition," "Fresh Air," "Marketplace," "Jazz Profiles," and "This American Life." He has won many of public broadcasting's most prestigious awards, including the duPont-Columbia Award. Based on the National Public Radio series of the same name, "This I Believe" features eighty essayists--from the famous to the unknown--completing the thought that begins the book's title. Each piece compels readers to rethink not only how they have arrived at their own personal beliefs but also the extent to which they share them with others. Featuring a well-known list of contributors--including Isabel Allende, Colin Powell, Gloria Steinem, William F. Buckley Jr., Penn Jillette, Bill Gates, and John Updike--the collection also contains essays by a Brooklyn lawyer; a part-time hospital clerk from Rehoboth, Massachusetts; a woman who sells Yellow Pages advertising in Fort Worth, Texas; and a man who serves on the state of Rhode Island's parole board. The result is a trip inside the minds and hearts of a diverse group of people whose beliefs--and the incredibly varied ways in which they choose to express them--reveal the American spirit at its best.
"This I Believe "is also available on CD as an audiobook, in both abridged and unabridged editions. Each essay is read by its author. Please email academic@macmillan.com for more information. "To hold this range of beliefs in the palm of your hand is as fine, as grounding, as it was hearing them first on the radio. Heartfelt, deeply cherished beliefs, doctrines for living (yet none of them doctrinaire). Ideas and ideals that nourish. You can see it in their faces, in the photos in this book. And read it in their words. I'm so proud that NPR helped carry this Edward R. Murrow tradition into a new century. And so glad to have it in print, to encounter again and again."--Susan Stamberg, special correspondent, National Public Radio "To hold this range of beliefs in the palm of your hand is as fine, as grounding, as it was hearing them first on the radio. Heartfelt, deeply cherished beliefs, doctrines for living (yet none of them doctrinaire). Ideas and ideals that nourish. You can see it in their faces, in the photos in this book. And read it in their words. I'm so proud that NPR helped carry this Edward R. Murrow tradition into a new century. And so glad to have it in print, to encounter again and again."--Susan Stamberg, special correspondent, National Public Radio
"Reading this gives me a feeling about this country I rarely get: a very visceral sense of all the different kinds of people who are living together here, with crazily different backgrounds and experiences and dreams. Like a Norman Rockwell painting where all the people happen to be real people, and all the stories are true. It makes me feel hopeful about America, reading this. Hopeful in a way that's in short supply lately."--Ira Glass, Producer and Host of "This American Life" "My father, Edward R. Murrow, said that 'fresh ideas' from others helped him confront his own challenges. This superb collection of thought-provoking "This I Believe" essays, both from the new program heard on NPR and from the original 1950s series, provides fresh ideas for all of us "--Casey Murrow, Elementary Education Publisher "Now, as then, when Edward R. Murrow introduced the idea of "This I Believe," this forward-thinking compilation serves as a wonderful antidote to the cynicism of the age."--Daniel Schorr, Senior News Analyst, NPR, and former colleague of Edward R. Murrow "National Public Radio listeners have been moved to tears by the personal essays that constitute the series "This I Believe." Created in 1951 with Edward Murrow as host, the sometimes funny, often profound, and always compelling series has been revived, according to host Jay Allison, because, once again, 'matters of belief divide our country and the world.' Oral historian Studs Terkel kicks things off, and 80 personal credos follow. Essays from the original series are interleaved with contemporary essays (selected from more than 11,000 submissions) to create a resounding chorus . . . Appendixes offer guidelines and resources because the urge to write such declarations is contagious, and schools and libraries have been coordinating "This I Believe "programs, which we believe is a righteous endeavor."--Donna Seaman, "Booklist" "In an age of disinformation, spin, and lies, NPR's "This I Believe" comes as a source of refreshment and useful disquiet. NPR revived this 1950s radio series quite re

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9780805086584
    • Manufacturer: Henry Holt
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9780805086584
    • Publication Date: 09/01/2007
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Dan Gediman
    • Author: Jay Allison
    • Page Count: 291
    • Width: 5.23 inches
    • Height: 0.84 inches
    • Length: 8.04 inches
    • Weight: 0.61 pounds
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