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American Happiness and Discontents - by  George F Will (Hardcover)
American Happiness and Discontents - by  George F Will (Hardcover)
American Happiness and Discontents - by  George F Will (Hardcover)
American Happiness and Discontents - by  George F Will (Hardcover)
American Happiness and Discontents - by  George F Will (Hardcover)
American Happiness and Discontents - by  George F Will (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 512
Genre: Political Science
Sub-Genre: Commentary & Opinion
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Hachette Books
Age Range: Adult
Author: George F Will
Language: English

Book Synopsis

Examine the ways in which expertise, reason, and manners are continually under attack in our institutions, courts, political arenas, and social venues with this collection from the Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative columnist.

George F. Will has been one of this country's leading columnists since 1974. He won the Pulitzer Prize for it in 1977. The Wall Street Journal once called him "perhaps the most powerful journalist in America." In this new collection, he examines a remarkably unsettling thirteen years in our nation's experience, from 2008 to 2020. Included are a number of columns about court cases, mostly from the Supreme Court, that illuminate why the composition of the federal judiciary has become such a contentious subject.

Other topics addressed include the American Revolutionary War, historical figures from Frederick Douglass to JFK, as well as a scathing assessment of how State of the Union Addresses are delivered in the modern day. Mr. Will also offers his perspective on American socialists, anti-capitalist conservatives, drug policy, the criminal justice system, climatology, the Coronavirus, the First Amendment, parenting, meritocracy and education, China, fascism, authoritarianism, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, and the morality of enjoying football. American Happiness and Discontents: The Unruly Torrent, 2008-2020 is a collection packed with wisdom and leavened by humor from one the preeminent columnists and intellectuals of our time.

Review Quotes

Praise for The Conservative Sensibility

[A] magnum opus..... Will still beats all his rivals in his ability to combine high thinking with a shrewd capacity to understand day-to-day American politics.... It is hard to think of any of today's angry young movement conservatives surviving in journalism for fifty years, as Mr. Will has, and still having enough to say to produce a big book at 78.--The Economist

A blockbuster -- if a book so thoughtful and learned and graceful can be called a 'blockbuster.'--Jay Nordlinger, National Review

A thoughtful, elegant reflection on American conservatism and the Founders' political thought.--The Atlantic

Staggeringly good. Easily one of the best books on American Conservatism ever written.--Jonah Goldberg

When you read a work as wise, incisive and superbly written as this one, you rightly assume it was produced by a first-rate mind.
--The Wall Street Journal

About the Author

George F. Will writes a twice-weekly syndicated column on politics and domestic and foreign affairs for the Washington Post. He began his column with the Post in 1974, and received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1977. His fifteen previous books include The Conservative Sensibility, One Man's America, Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball, and Statecraft as Soulcraft. Will grew up in Champaign, Illinois, attended Trinity College and Oxford University, and received a Ph.D. from Princeton.