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American Soul : Rediscovering the Wisdom of the Founders

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Looking at the lives of America's founders-including Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin-scholar and bestselling author Jacob Needleman explores their core of inner beliefs; their religious and spiritual sensibilities; and their individual conception of the purpose of life.

The founders, Needleman argues, conceived of an "inner democracy": a continual pursuit of wisdom and self-improvement that would undergird the outer democracy in which we live today. Any understanding of America as a nation of spiritual values will in the years ahead require Needleman's work as a point of reference.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 40.64mm | 317.51g
  • Jeremy P Tarcher
  • Los Angeles, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1585422266
  • 9781585422265
  • 1,666,367

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So literate it comes close to poetry....[This] book makes you think and rethink most of the ideas you ever had about the stunning people who give American history both its exceptionalism and its commonalities.
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About Jacob Needleman

The acclaimed author of The American Soul, Why Can't We Be Good? and Money and the Meaning of Life, Jacob Needleman is Professor of Philosophy at San Francisco State University, and former Director of the Center for the Study of New Religions at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. He lives in Oakland, CA.
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154 ratings
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