Tom Allen: Dangerous Convictions

02/01/2013 6:30 pm
Dangerous ConvictionsDangerous Convictions: What's Really Wrong with the U.S Congress by Tom Allen
Friday, February 1st, 6:30pm at the Portland Public Library
The rhetoric of the 2012 presidential campaign exposed the deeply rooted sources of political polarization in American.  In Dangerous Convictions, former Maine Democratic Congressman Tom Allen argues that what's really wrong with Congress is the widening, hardening conflict in worldviews that leaves the two parties unable to understand how the other thinks about what people should do on their own and what we should do together. Members of Congress don't just disagree, they think the other side makes no sense.

Allen writes that we should treat self-reliance and community as essential balancing components of American culture and politics, instead of setting them at war with each other. Combining his personal insights from 12 years In Congress with recent studies of how human beings form their political and religious views, Allen explains why we must escape the grip of our competing worldviews to enable Congress to work productively on our 21st century challenges.

"Allen, a former Democratic congressman from Maine and current president and CEO of the American Association of Publishers, offers a panoramic critique of Congress based on his 12 years in office (1997-2009), covering policy areas from the budget to health care ... Allen's pragmatism and reason help frame major issues for Americans hungering for some legislative wisdom after the election." -Publishers Weekly
Come on over to the Rines Auditorium at the Portland Public Library for a special First Friday Meet the Author event with former Maine Congressman Tom Allen.  Ask your questions, share your thoughts and, of course, get your books signed. 
ISBN-13: 9780199931989
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Oxford University Press, USA, 1/2013

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