Henry Holt, October 2006
An Inspiring Collection of the Personal Philosophies of a Group of Remarkable Men and Women
Based on the National Public Radio series of the same name, This I Believe features eighty essayists -- from the famous to the unknown -- completing the thought that begins the book's title. 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.
Featuring a list of well-known 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 from Rehoboth, Massachusetts; a woman who sells Yellow Pages advertising in Fort Worth, Texas; and a man who serves on the state of Rhode Island's parole board.
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.
hardcover | ISBN: 9780805080872 | Publication Date: October 2006
"To hold this range of beliefs in the palm of your hand is as fine, as grounding, as it was hearing them first on the radio. Heartfelt, deeply cherished beliefs, doctrines for living (yet none of them doctrinaire). Ideas and ideals that nourish. You can see it in their faces, in the photos in this book. And read it in their words. I'm so proud that NPR helped carry this Edward R. Murrow tradition into a new century. And so glad to have it in print, to encounter again and again."
"My father, Edward R. Murrow, said that 'fresh ideas' from others helped him confront his own challenges. This superb collection of thought-provoking
This I Believe essays, both from the new program heard on NPR and from the original1950s series, provides fresh ideas for all of us!"
"Reading this gives me a feeling about this country I rarely get: a very visceral sense of all the different kinds of people who are living together here, with crazily different backgrounds and experiences and dreams. Like a Norman Rockwell painting where all the people happen to be real people, and all the stories are true. It makes me feel hopeful about America, reading this. Hopeful in a way that's in short supply lately."
"Now, as then, when Edward R. Murrow introduced the idea of This I
Believe, this forward-thinking compilation serves as a wonderful antidote to the cynicism of the age."
"This I Believe is the heart and soul of the First Amendment, with Americans from every walk
of life -- from yesterday and today -- writing about their personal philosophies. You will agree with some. You will disagree with others. But that's the whole point: to respect another person's right to speak freely. I believe we can learn something new from each other when we take the time to listen."