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The Gardens of Democracy by Eric Liu.. This is a good tome to bang a stake into the withered heart of the vampiress, Ayn Rand. (It's not very heavy, but her heart isn't either.) Good thoughts on the principle of a functioning democracy being an ecosystem. Take that, social Darwinists!

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"The Gardens of Democracy provides a refreshing new conceptual approach to understanding our economic and political situation, and it will help us move past the fossilized ideas in today’s public debates."

Francis Fukuyama

"Even if you don't agree with everything the authors propose, you will find 'The Gardens of Democracy' to be spirited and thought provoking."

The Bellingham Review

Author bio: Eric Liu is an author, educator, and civic entrepreneur. His first book, The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker, was a New York Times Notable Book featured in the PBS documentary "Matters of Race." He is also the author of Guiding Lights: How to Mentor - and Find Life's Purpose, the Official Book of National Mentoring Month, and is founder of the Guiding Lights Network, a mentoring advocacy organization. His forthcoming book Imagination First, co-authored with Scott Noppe-Brandon of the Lincoln Center Institute, explores ways to unlock imagination in education, politics, business and the arts. Most recently, Eric co-authored The True Patriot with Nick Hanauer, and together the two have created the True Patriot Network to advance the book's ideals of progressive patriotism. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Nonfiction; (192 pp. Socialsensational: Kindle/Print editions)

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