The common good / Robert B. Reich.

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    • Publication Information:
      First Vintage Books edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: ""Robert B. Reich makes the case for a generous, inclusive understanding of the American project, centering on the moral obligations of citizenship. Rooting his argument in everyday reality and common sense, Reich demonstrates the existence of a common good, and argues that it is this that defines a society or a nation. Societies and nations undergo virtuous cycles that reinforce and build the common good, as well as vicious cycles that undermine it. Over the course of the past five decades, Reich contends, America has been in a slowly accelerating vicious cycle--one that can and must be reversed. But first we need to weigh what really matters, and how we as a country should relate to honor, shame, patriotism, truth, and the meaning of leadership."--Publisher's description.
    • Notes:
      Includes discussion guide (pages 191-193).
      Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-189).
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      REICH, R. B. The common good. First Vintage Books edition. [s. l.]: Vintage Books, [s. d.]. ISBN 9780525436379. Disponível em: Acesso em: 25 maio. 2020.
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      Reich RB. The Common Good. First Vintage Books edition. Vintage Books Accessed May 25, 2020.
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      Reich, R. B. (n.d.). The common good (First Vintage Books edition.). Vintage Books.
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      Reich, Robert B. 2020. The Common Good. First Vintage Books edition. Vintage Books. Accessed May 25.
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      Reich, RB n.d., The common good, First Vintage Books edition., Vintage Books, viewed 25 May 2020, .
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      Reich, Robert B. The Common Good. First Vintage Books edition., Vintage Books. EBSCOhost, Accessed 25 May 2020.
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      Reich, Robert B. The Common Good. First Vintage Books edition. Vintage Books. Accessed May 25, 2020.
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      Reich RB. The common good [Internet]. First Vintage Books edition. Vintage Books; [cited 2020 May 25]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2018 February #1

Reich (Saving Capitalism, 2015)—a former secretary of labor, professor of public policy, and lucid and prolific author of conscience—gauges the deterioration of our understanding of and commitment to the common good in spite of the fact that our shared principles and civic interconnectivity comprise the very fabric of society. "Truth itself is a common good," Reich asserts, as is public education, which should prepare us for informed participation in our democracy. He quotes Jefferson: "Ignorance and despotism seem made for each other." We also need a robust free press to hold our government responsible. These and every other facet of the common good are now imperiled under "whatever-it-takes-to-win" politics and business, which have fused via the massive influx of corporate money into Washington. Trump in the White House, he argues, is the culmination of the suppression of civic values by celebrity, lies, greed, the abuse of power, and the stoking of fear and anger. Reich's lucidly defining and empowering call for revitalized civic awareness—complete with an enticing list of recommended reading and discussion guide—is an ideal catalyst for book-group conversations. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2018 March #1

Former U.S. secretary of labor (1993–97) Reich (Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy, Univ. of California, Berkeley; Saving Capitalism) examines what he sees as a divided America. His takeoff point is the call made 50 years ago by President John F. Kennedy for Americans to contribute individually for the common good. Reich despairs that instead Americans have become increasingly selfish. He harshly criticizes the freebooting of CEOs, the self-first philosophy of Ayn Rand, and the divisive presidency of Donald Trump. He chronicles societal changes that he says have resulted in national disunity, distrust, and hopelessness. Reich concludes that pulling together as a society is the only strategy for longterm mutual prosperity and that leaders must act as trustees for the common good. That those who do the right thing should be honored, and those who gain by underhanded means shamed, that fact-based truth must be demanded, and citizens must be both educated and engaged. VERDICT Very timely with discussion of the sexual harassment scandal in Hollywood and NFL kneeling protests, Reich's work is an important call for reform that should appeal to a wide audience disaffected with the status quo.—Lawrence Maxted, Gannon Univ. Lib., Erie, PA

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.