Books by Jean Bethke Elshtain

Released: April 1, 2003

"All the same, a generally reasonable declaration of democratic virtues against extremism, whether found at home or in the field."
Bruce Springsteen gets it, but your average liberal-arts prof doesn't: that is, the need to crush terrorists and protect the civilized world from those who "are not interested in our ongoing debate about the good and ill uses of freedom." Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 8, 2002

"A gratifying, agenda-free story, effortlessly sweeping away tendentious criticisms of a first-rate American thinker and activist. (8-page photo insert, not seen)"
A perspicuous charting of the pilgrim's progress that was Jane Addams's hopeful, generous life. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Well-intended but bland responses to a contentious topic."
Position papers on the ongoing debate surrounding the role that religious belief should play in American public affairs. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 1997

"A fascinating study that pulls no punches in support of an original yet moderate political vision."
Collections of articles often lack a unifying theme and consequently make unsatisfying books, but this thought-provoking volume is an exception. Read full book review >
DEMOCRACY ON TRIAL by Jean Bethke Elshtain
Released: Jan. 11, 1995

"But seldom have the sources of democracy and its discontents been described with such philosophical passion and insight."
Political philosopher Elshtain presents a lucid admonition that the frayed bonds of civility are leading to almost unbearable stress on America's democratic experiment. Read full book review >