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A Thousand Small Sanities by Adam Gopnik

A Thousand Small Sanities

The Moral Adventure of Liberalism

Adam Gopnik

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Imprint: riverrun
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Publication date: 14 May 2019
ISBN: 9781529401578

The New York Times-bestselling author offers a stirring defence of liberalism against the dogmatisms of our time

3 stars out of 5
Peter Conrad
12 May 2019

"Adam Gopnik finds kindness at the core of liberal values as he defends a way of life"

Those solutions rely on quick-thinking ingenuity and Gopnik’s version of liberalism translates “constant adaptation” into a brilliant display of dialectical thinking. Mostly the symmetries make sense, as when he says: “Liberalism isn’t a political theory applied to life. It’s what we know about life applied to a political theory.” But I’m still confused by a paragraph that relates social democracy to the innovations of the Byrds and ends by declaring that “the difference between Dylanised Beatles and Beatleised Dylans seemed small but meant everything”. An intermittent riff about a rhinoceros is equally perplexing.