Clashes of Wills is a collection of essays that explore the great confrontations of the United States since 1877, looking at eleven areas of controversy that are part of today’s news, but whose sources lie in the past.
By focusing on well-known people who represent these issues, the book creates stories that are selective, focused, and coherent, to paint a portrait of the United States in the past century and a half.
Broesamle & Arthur’s Clashes of Will is an exceptionally fine book. It embeds some of our most complex current policy issues in both historical context and in the life experience of some of our nation’s most famous figures. This little volume addresses foreign policy concerns about promoting democracy abroad and controlling nuclear weapons, domestic policy debate about the proper role of government in protecting the environment and providing adequate welfare and the limits of presidential authority, and in domestic social policy matters including racism, equality of opportunity, worker rights and women’s rights. It does so with remarkable evenhandedness, suggesting the strengths of both sides of some of these on-going controversies while encouraging the reader to do some hard thinking about just what is correct and what is weak about each argument. I especially admire the way the chapters explain how the personal circumstances of some of the principals influenced and guided their principles and their actions. The book shows that ideas matter, that conviction and effort have big payoff. This book offers needed historical background, sound balance, and a little optimism about policy debates. What a wonderful primer for any student of public policy studies!
John Broesamle and Anthony Arthur explode the myth that history is boring. Clashes of Will explores and exposes the dramatic conflicts that have shaped American history. Unlike so many politically imbalanced books, this volume goes to great pains to present both sides of a confrontation. The book challenges those on the left and right to reconsider their beliefs and conclusions. In chapter after chapter, idealists confront realists-ideas bang into ideas with breakneck speed and lasting consequences. While both serious and casual students of history will enjoy this book, AMERICANS will benefit from a read through these beautifully written pages. Clashes of Will is history come to life-with vibrancy and passion.
Product Details :
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (October 4, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321164385
- ISBN-13: 978-0321164384
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches