Restoring Character in America was the hardest of my books to publish. The first book, Politics with Principle was written from my 30 plus years of experience as a Washington Lobbyists. The second, Courage in America was a natural outcome of gaining the trust of the wounded warriors and just guiding them on their story of successful rehabilitation.
The idea of Restoring Character in America did not come easily to me. I read endless books, articles, and visited numerous web sites on several character related topics. Initially my plan was to write a book about our law enforcement heroes. I thought this would be a logical extension of the heroic qualities of the wounded warriors I knew. I had already reported on the wounded warriors traumatic loss, their vulnerability in rehabilitation, then their comeback, the final triumph of successful rehabilitation and transition to civilian life.
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Later I learned to be more critical in reading the books I started. Now I do not necessarily read either the entire book or read the book in the chronological order. Once such book is The Lucifer Effect (TLE.)
While the TLE read is challenging and worthwhile, soon I tired of learning how easily we humans have potential for evil. While, the author Philip Zimbardo is highly accomplished psychologist, his left ward political perspective, so common in academe, became even more tiresome.
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This book by Scott Allison and George Goethals, two social psychologists from the Department of Psychology at the University of Richmond crafted an unusually well written book by academics but for all readers.
It is unusually well done for several reasons:
• It is a splendid read compactly covering the topic of Heroes and Villains in 207 pages.
• The book cites numerous psychological studies yet understandable to the lay reader. However, I did have issues with the chronology of foot notes
• It is readable by balancing the academic studies with references to movies (Casablanca, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Gran Tourino); sports (Babe Didrikson Zacharias, Roberto Clemente, Jackie Robinson) the important literary works of Shakespeare (Hamlet, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Macbeth, Twelfth Night) philosophers (Socrates, Kant, Nietzsche) as well as political heroes (Washington, Lincoln, Reagan)
• It touches de riguer, the required studies, stories and authors in… Continue reading