My Brother's Keeper: A Memoir and a Message

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 460 pages
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In My Brother's Keeper: A Memoir and a Message, one of America's most admired public figures tells the story of his life. Born in Germany in 1929, Amitai Etzioni escaped the Nazi regime and later dropped out of high school to fight as a commando in the Israeli War of Independence. He went on to earn his doctorate at Berkeley, teach at Columbia University and Harvard Business School, and serve as senior advisor to the Carter White House. Although Dr. Etzioni has authored and edited over twenty books, as the founder of the communitarian social movement his influence extends well beyond academic circles.
In his own words, Dr. Etzioni reflects on his vision of a society whose members care profoundly about one another, assume responsibilities rather than merely demanding rights, and attend not only to themselves, but also to the common good. He traces how this message spread and how it is now playing a significant role in the public life of the United States, the United Kingdom, and many other free and open societies. Clearly and engagingly written, Dr. Etzioni's vision and story are at once compelling and inspiring.
 

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Contents

A Nerd Goes Fighting
3
A Commando Goes Academic
27
IN OPPOSITION
47
A Public Voice For
49
Further Out Peace on Earth Off the Moon 1960s
81
Dangerous Truths Seeking a Foothold 19671978
105
IN THE CORRIDORS OF POWER
135
The White House 19791980
137
Getting the Word Out Continued
269
The Media and Us
297
OVERSEAS
317
Communitarianism Goes Overseas
319
Tomorrow the World?
345
IMPACT
365
Changing the Habits of the Heart Stage Three
367
Going Academic
389

The Moral Dimension
165
Harvard Peculiar Ethics
185
LAUNCHING THE COMMUNITARIAN PROJECT
197
Fashioning the Message Creating a School
199
Fashioning the Message From One to Many
219
Getting the Word Out Take Off
247
COMING TOGETHER
403
At the End
405
Acknowledgments
427
Notes
429
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Amitai Etzioni is best known as the founder of the communitarian movement and he is currently university professor at George Washington University. He is the editor of The Responsive Community: Rights and Responsibilities, a communitarian quarterly and the author of numerous books on political and social theory. Etzioni served as senior advisor in the Carter White House and his voice is frequently heard in the leading news media.

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