By James MacGregor Burns
"With this profound and luxurious publication, drawing on his deep reservoir of idea and services within the humanities, James MacGregor Burns takes us into the fire's middle. As a 21st-century thinker, he brings to bright existence the incandescent personalities and concepts that include the easiest in Western civilization and exhibits us how knowing them is key for a person who might search to decipher the complicated difficulties and prospects of the area we'll dwell in tomorrow." --Michael Beschloss, New York Times bestselling writer of Presidential braveness: courageous Leaders and the way They replaced the US, 1789-1989
"James MacGregor Burns is a countrywide treasure, and Fire and Light is the elegiac capstone to a profession dedicated to knowing the seminal principles that made the United States - for higher and for worse - what it is." --Joseph J. Ellis, Pulitzer Prize and nationwide e-book Award profitable writer Revolutionary Summer
Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling historian James MacGregor Burns explores the main bold and transformational highbrow stream in heritage, the eu and American Enlightenment
In this enticing, provocative historical past, James MacGregor Burns brilliantly illuminates the two-hundred-year conflagration of the Enlightenment, while audacious questions and excellent principles tore throughout Europe and the recent international, remodeling idea, overturning governments, and encouraging visionary political experiments. Fire and Light brings to bright lifestyles the galaxy of progressive leaders of idea and motion who, armed with a brand new experience of human threat, pushed through a starvation for swap, created the trendy global. Burns discovers the origins of a particular American Enlightenment in males just like the Founding Fathers Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison, and their early encounters with incendiary ecu principles approximately liberty and equality. It used to be those thinker-activists who framed the us as a grand and carrying on with test in Enlightenment principles.
Today an analogous questions Enlightenment thinkers grappled with have taken on new urgency all over the world: within the turmoil of the Arab Spring, within the former Soviet Union, and China, in addition to within the usa itself. What may still a kingdom be? What should still voters count on from their executive? Who should still lead and the way can management be made either potent and responsible? what's happiness, and what can the country give a contribution to it? Burns's exploration of the beliefs and arguments that shaped the bedrock of our smooth international shines a brand new mild on those ever-important questions.