A Call to Heroism: Renewing America's Vision of Greatness

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Dec 1, 2007 - Political Science - 304 pages
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America is a nation founded on ideals — liberty, justice, and tolerance chief among them — and in A Call to Heroism, Peter Gibbon argues that the heroes we honor are the embodiment of these ideals. Because the very concept of heroism has come under threat in our cynical media age, Gibbon believes that we must forge a new understanding of what it means to be a hero in order to fortify our ideals as we engage our present challenges and face those that lie ahead. In a series of essays, Gibbon examines the types of heroes that we have celebrated throughout our history. Along the way, he contemplates the meanings of seven monuments and works of art dedicated to heroes (for instance, Mount Rushmore) to examine what these places and things say about the America of their time — and what they mean for Americans today. Full of insight and inspiration, A Call to Heroism is a provocative look at a timeless subject that has never been more important.
 

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Contents

LIVES THAT MATTER
IntroductionIN SEARCH OF HEROES
OneWHAT IS A HERO?
THE HALL OF FAME FOR GREAT AMERICANS
TwoTHE NINETEENTHCENTURY IDEOLOGY OF HEROISM
JOHN BRIDGE PURITAN
ThreeOUR HELP IN AGES PAST
THE SHAW MEMORIAL
SevenTHE LIVES OF HEROES
RUSHMORE REVISITED
EightASHAMED OF OUR PAST
FORGOTTEN MONUMENTS
NineTALKING TO STUDENTS ABOUT HEROES
TenWHY HEROES?
AFTERWORD
Notes

FourTHE AMERICAN WARRIOR HERO
SAINT JOHN THE DIVINES SPORTS BAY
FiveTHE FALL OF THE HERO ATHLETE
GREENOUGHS STATUE OF WASHINGTON
SixHEROES TO CELEBRITIES
HOUDONS BUST OF FRANKLIN
Bibliography
Author Interviews
Recommended Readings
Acknowledgments
Index
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Peter H. Gibbon is a research associate at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Each year he travels across the nation to speak to students at over fifty schools about heroism and American ideals for the twenty-first century. Peter J. Gomes is the chaplain of Harvard University. His best-selling books include The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart and Sermons: Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living.

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