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NCoC’s Holiday Book Club

December 13, 2011
Whether you’re looking for some stocking stuffers, 8 nights of candlelit reading, or just a good book to curl up with while Mother Nature lets it snow, our Holiday Book List has something for all the civic-minded boys and girls.




Heart of the Nation: By telling of his own personal journey to and experience in public service, John Bridgeland challenges readers to rediscover the idea of “Public Happiness;” the happiness that comes from actively participating in our self-government. Read the NCoC feature or learn more.

The Heart and the Fist: This personal memoir by Lt. Eric Greitens highlights the importance of personal service and sacrifice. It chronicles his story of leadership through humanitarian outreach and military duty. Read the NCoC feature or learn more.

From Command to Community: A New Approach to Leadership Education in Colleges in Universities: In this collection of innovative and diverse essays, editors Nicholas V. Longo and Cynthia M. Gibson present a new definition of leadership education-- one that moves away from the top-down notion of leadership and considers young people as leaders in the communities where they volunteer, work, and are educated. Read the NCoC feature or learn more.

The Gardens of Democracy: Authors Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer argue that some fundamental assumptions about citizenship, society, economics, and government need updating. They view democracy not as a machine, but as a garden, which requires goals, regular tending, and an understanding of connected ecosystems. Read the NCoC feature or learn more.

What So Proudly We Hail: A new anthology by Amy and Leon Kass explores the meaning of being an American. Though a book and the help of stories, speeches, and songs, the initiative seeks to educate hearts and minds about American ideals, American identity and national character, and the virtues and aspirations of civic life. Read the NCoC feature or learn more.

Teaching America: The Case for Civic Education: A collection of 24 original essays from an extraordinary set of leading public officials, educators, and intellectuals, this book reminds us that keeping our republic requires informed citizenship, which must be taught and learned in every generation. It was compiled by David Feith. Read the NCoC feature or learn more.

Everyone Leads: To solve the problems of our day, we need the leadership of the many. Author Paul Schmitz uses compelling stories and concrete examples to inspire individuals and organizations to see new leadership possibilities within themselves and their communities. Learn more.

KaBOOM! How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play: The personal journey of Darell Hammond, a man who grew up in a group home with seven brothers and sisters and went on to build a world-class nonprofit that harnesses the power of community to improve the lives of children. Learn more.


That’s our list, and we’ve checked our list twice, but we may be missing some great reads! Add to the list by suggesting your own civically minded holiday books below!
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3 Comments
By Kristen Cambell at 3:42 PM on Dec 13th, 2011
Here are a couple other suggestions that were submitted via Twitter and email: -- "Economics of Place: The Value of Building Communities Around People" http://www.economicsofplace.com/book/ -- "CITIZENSHIP: What Every American Needs To Know" http://stargroupbooks.com/citizenship.html Others?
By Wendy Madsen at 12:39 PM on Dec 15th, 2011
I would add "Republic on Trial - The Case for Representative Democracy" http://www.cqpress.com/product/Republic-on-Trial-The-Case.html

In this book, four well-known political scientists-all of them experienced observers of legislatures--set out to defend the American system of representative democracy. A distrustful public seems to view representative democracy-and particularly the legislative institution-as confusing and messy, filled with politicians who are self-serving and engaged in petty arguments instead of following "the public interest". As the authors note, "The case against political people, political institutions, and political processes is frequently heard. The case for representative democracy also must be heard...."
By Matthew at 10:24 AM on Dec 5th, 2013
AFAIC th'ats the best answer so far!
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