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Assembled by the host and executive producer, respectively, of National Public Radio's This I Believe, these 80 essays represent the views of folks from John Updike to a part-time hospital clerk. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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National Public Radio listeners have been moved to tears by the personal essays that constitute the series This I Believe. Created in 1951 with Edward Murrow as host, the sometimes funny, often profound, and always compelling series has been revived, according to host Jay Allison, because, once again, matters of belief divide our country and the world. Oral historian Studs Terkel kicks things off, and 80 personal credos follow. Essays from the original series are interleaved with contemporary essays (selected from more than 11,000 submissions) to create a resounding chorus. English professor Sara Adams avers that one should be cool to the pizza delivery dude. John McCain states, I believe in honor, faith, and service. Iranian-born writer Azar Nafisi writes, I believe in empathy. Jackie Robinson said, I believe in the goodness of a free society. Rick Moody believes in the absolute and unlimited liberty of reading. Appendixes offer guidelines and resources because the urge to write such declarations is contagious, and schools and libraries have been coordinating This I Believe programs, which we believe is a righteous endeavor. --Donna Seaman Copyright 2006 Booklist
Summary
<p> "A welcome change from the sloganeering, political mudslinging and products of spin doctors."-- The Philadelphia Inquirer </p> <p>Based on the NPR series of the same name, This I Believe features eighty Americans--from the famous to the unknown--completing the thought that the book's title begins. Each piece compels readers to rethink not only how they have arrived at their own personal beliefs but also the extent to which they share them with others.</p> <p>Featuring many renowned contributors--including Isabel Allende, Colin Powell, Gloria Steinem, William F. Buckley Jr., Penn Jillette, Bill Gates, and John Updike--the collection also contains essays by a Brooklyn lawyer; a part-time hospital clerk in Rehoboth, Massachusetts; a woman who sells yellow pages advertising in Fort Worth, Texas; and a man who serves on Rhode Island's parole board.</p> <p>The result is a stirring and provocative trip inside the minds and hearts of a diverse group of people whose beliefs--and the incredibly varied ways in which they choose to express them--reveal the American spirit at its best.</p>
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