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Paperback Everyday Hopes, Utopian Dreams: Reflections on American Ideals Book

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Everyday Hopes, Utopian Dreams: Reflections on American Ideals

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Finding his idealism challenged by the reactionary forces that have proliferated in the post-9/11 world, Don Hanlon Johnson felt a need to recover more sober visions of hope amid the many reasons for despair and cynicism. Everyday Hopes, Utopian Dreams is a bracing backward turn toward the diverse and often conflicting visions passed down to Johnson by his immigrant ancestors who settled in the Sacramento Valley in the nineteenth century. Through...

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Ideals and the ordinary

This book provokes consideration of one's own journey through life and how it has been shaped by the generations preceding it. Johnson examines what we as a culture have lost, what is better left behind, what we might regain and what we must reinvent. He is especially trenchant in considering the problems caused by ideals and how to ground ourselves in ordinary reality. This book provides an antidote for an out-of-balance culture.

Everyday Hopes, Utopian Dreams: Refections on American Ideals

I particularly enjoyed the authors vivid descriptions of his life growing up in the Sacramento valley. They were complete with his physical senses and his perceptions of the hopes, dreams and the inner turmoils of his self, his families and the society in general. Provacative.
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