The Character of Nations: How Politics Makes and Breaks Prosperity, Family, and Civility

Front Cover, Limited, Apr 15, 2010 - Political Science - 635 pages
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In this cross-cultural study, Angelo M. Codevilla illustrates that as people shape their governments, they shape themselves. Drawing broadly from the depths of history, from the Roman republic to de Tocqueville's America, as well as from personal and scholarly observations of the world in the twentieth century, The Character of Nations reveals remarkable truths about the effects of government on a society's economic arrangements, moral order, sense of family life, and ability to defend itself. Codevilla argues that in present-day America, government has had a profound negative effect on societal norms. It has taught people to seek prosperity through connections with political power; it has fostered the atrophy of civic responsibility; it has waged a Kulturkampf against family and religion; and it has dug a dangerous chasm between those who serve in the military and those who send it in harm's way. Informative and provocative, The Character of Nations shows how the political decisions we make have higher stakes than simply who wins elections.

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User Review  - librisissimo - LibraryThing

More of a popular summary of events than an analysis. Nothing new for anyone who reads non-MSM media or non-academia publications. Good summary of the current disastrous state of national and ... Read full review

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If I recall correctly, this is where I discovered Samuel P. Huntington. Read full review

About the author (2010)

Angelo M. Codevilla is professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University. Educated at Rutgers, Notre Dame, and the Claremont graduate university, Codevilla served in the US Navy, the US Foreign Service, and on the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He taught philosophy at Georgetown, and spent a decade at Stanford's Hoover Institution. He has written 10 previous books.

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