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Living, Leading, and the American Dream is an inspiration and a call to action. Beginning with an exploration of Gardner′s life and values in his own words, this stirring and engaging collection shares Gardner′s vision on personal renewal, community, leadership, and civic engagement.
The essays and speeches collected in this transformational volume are founded on Gardner′s belief that we as a people want freedom freedom at home as well as a world where freedom is possible. They are founded on his deep belief in the dignity and worth of the individual and his unshakable resolve to protect and preserve that dignity. They are founded on his belief that men and women should be empowered to achieve the best that is in them, and that we are the declared enemies of all conditions, such as disease, ignorance, or poverty, that stunt the individual and prevent such fulfillment.
And they are founded on the fact that achieving these goals is difficult and requires the commitment of all citizens. The essays in Living, Leading, and the American Dream move from individual to community to society, offering Gardner′s vision on the role of the individual in attaining the greater good. Leaders of innovative organizations, civic leaders, and concerned citizens will find guidance and inspiration in Gardner′s unique vision of every citizen′s responsibility and capacity to make a difference.
"John Gardner embodied the excellence he taught. This sampling of a noble life will keep alive the breadth of his perceptions and the depth of his commitment to a more rational, more caring society"
Daniel Schorr, senior news analyst, National Public Radio
"Intellectual, activist, gadfly, leader, dreamer, and realist, John Gardner held a wry and joyous faith in the capacity of all Americans to renew themselves and our country. This inspiring collection of his insights and his vision is his parting gift to all who share that faith or need to be reminded of it."
The Honorable Timothy E. Wirth, president, United Nations Foundation
"ohn always said ′leaders find the words,′ and it was never more true than in his own writings. This book is a great gift, enabling his spirit and inspiration to keep guiding our lives in meaningful directions, like the treasured mentor and companion he was for so many."
Robert L. Joss, dean, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
"Living, Leading, and the American Dream is an invaluable collection of
John Gardner′s wise lessons on how to be a strong leader, a committed
citizen, and a thoughtful, productive individual a true gift from a
truly great man in an age when all three are so badly needed."
Marian Wright Edelman, President, Children′s Defense Fund