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The Bill of Obligations

The Ten Habits of Good Citizens

The United States is the oldest representative democracy in the world. Do we take for granted that it will continue to endure? In Bill of Obligations, author Richard Haass shares his concern that the greatest threat to our democracy may not come from other countries or climate change. It may be us. If the great American experiment is to continue, then we as citizens will need to make some commitments to each other – obligations that complement our rights. From viewing compromise as a “win” rather than a “loss” to putting the country’s stability and future above our personal opinions, the author clearly articulates what we need to do as engaged citizens. He reminds us that our nation was founded on the ability to disagree with civility, mutual respect and a shared love for the democracy we hold dear, as imperfect as it may be. As an experienced civil servant who served under four presidents, both Republican and Democrat, his message is much needed in our times. This is a short and provocative must-read for one and all.

Author: Richard Haass
Year of Publishing: 2023
Number of Pages: 240

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  1. Rene Hendricks (verified owner)

    Still eagerly awaiting arrival

  2. mingomom (verified owner)

    I truly enjoyed reading this book. I find titles like this one fascinating and inspiring as we could all benefit from reading a book such as this. This book pushes you to think deep and be a better version of oneself.

  3. cdorrah (verified owner)

    Interesting read about the ways we can fulfill our obligations as citizens of this country.

  4. cdorrah (verified owner)

    Interesting read! I appreciated this perspective.

  5. Karen Tolley (verified owner)

    The book is well written. Ideas clearly presented. Makes me think of President Kennedy’s statement: “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” I fear that we have been so focused on our rights that we forget, with those, there are responsibilities. This book clearly lays out suggestions for how to be a better, civic minded citizen.

  6. Ninamont (verified owner)

    Different than I thought it would be. But a good read.

  7. millspjo (verified owner)

    this book was as advertised. As other reviews note this has a good message for compromise and ideas of civics.

  8. Aaron Wilder (verified owner)

    What a wonderful read that every American needs to dive into.

  9. Nicole Owens (verified owner)

    Very thoughtful and bipartisan.

  10. RUSSELL Elliott (verified owner)

    I liked it.

  11. tstevensgarcia (verified owner)

    Great book! I plan to use some of the ideas in my Government class.

  12. Firechild94 (verified owner)

    This book was great! It causes you to think about things

  13. realestate (verified owner)

    good read. interesting stuff hadn’t thot of

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