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This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of…

This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women

by Jay Allison (Editor), Dan Gediman (Editor)

Other authors: Sarah Adams (Contributor), Phyllis Allen (Contributor), Isabel Allende (Contributor), Elvia Bautista (Contributor), Leonard Bernstein (Contributor)31 more, William F. Buckley, Jr. (Contributor), Niven Busch (Contributor), Benjamin Carson (Contributor), Greg Chapman (Contributor), Warren Christopher (Contributor), Mary Cook (Contributor), William O. Douglas (Contributor), Albert Einstein (Contributor), Bill Gates (Contributor), Newt Gingrich (Contributor), Martha Graham (Contributor), Temple Grandin (Contributor), Brian Grazer (Contributor), Brian Greene (Contributor), Victor Davis Hanson (Contributor), Helen Hayes (Contributor), Robert A. Heinlein (Contributor), Kay Redfield Jamison (Contributor), Penn Jillette (Contributor), Helen Keller (Contributor), Alan Lightman (Contributor), Thomas Mann (Contributor), John McCain (Contributor), Rick Moody (Contributor), Errol Morris (Contributor), Colin Powell (Contributor), Jackie Robinson (Contributor), Studs Terkel (Foreword), Arnold Toynbee (Contributor), John Updike (Contributor), Rebecca West (Contributor)

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I really enjoyed reading these essays. Written by common citizens as well as easily recognized people of fame, they tell of the personal philosophies that these people have developed in their lives. Some are religious, some are political, some are very deep and philosophical, and some are light and funny, but all are worth the time spent reading them. I read the book as I read a novel, but honestly, you could just sit and pick it up whenever you have a couple of minutes and cherry pick an essay that appeals to you at that moment. My favorite two essays were one written by Jackie Robinson, "Free Minds and Hearts at Work", and one written by a 16 yr old boy, "Tomorrow Will Be a Better Day". I will be re-reading these essays over and over again and at some point I hope to take the time and write my own. I think it's an important skill - to be able to put into words what you really believe. ( )
  tnociti | Apr 16, 2015 |
Absolutely loved reading this book. I remember writing my own "This I Believe..." in high school and found it fascinating to read about what other people believe and why. Some things seemed completely random, while others were inspiring and still others challenged my own ways of thinking. Wonderful book/ ( )
  theadawn | Dec 13, 2012 |
This book is based on the popular National Public Radio program that bears the same name. There are famous people and ordinary people that give their personal essays on what they believe in. The essays date back to the 1950's thru today. I found the essays of the not so famous people more interesting than some of the famous. A very inspirational book and worth reading. ( )
  realbigcat | Oct 27, 2012 |
Brief personal essays about belief and identity. These are extraordinary personal statements of self-definition. ( )
  Fledgist | Jul 19, 2012 |
  BRCSBooks | Jan 29, 2012 |
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Allison, JayEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gediman, DanEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, SarahContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Allen, PhyllisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Allende, IsabelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bautista, ElviaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bernstein, LeonardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Buckley, William F., Jr.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Busch, NivenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carson, BenjaminContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chapman, GregContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Christopher, WarrenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cook, MaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Douglas, William O.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Einstein, AlbertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gates, BillContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gingrich, NewtContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Graham, MarthaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grandin, TempleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grazer, BrianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Greene, BrianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hanson, Victor DavisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hayes, HelenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Heinlein, Robert A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jamison, Kay RedfieldContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jillette, PennContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Keller, HelenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lightman, AlanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mann, ThomasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McCain, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moody, RickContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Morris, ErrolContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Powell, ColinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Robinson, JackieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Terkel, StudsForewordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Toynbee, ArnoldContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Updike, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0805086587, Paperback)

"A welcome change from the sloganeering, political mudslinging and products of spin doctors."--The Philadelphia Inquirer
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.

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.

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.

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Presents a collection of eighty essays exploring the personal beliefs of a diverse assortment of contributors, both famous and unknown, who reflect on their faith, the evolution of their beliefs, and how they express them.

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