The Chance of a Lifetime…
A Series of Seven Books About The Patient Remaking of American Life
These books are premised upon two primary observations about contemporary American society. First, the issues facing American Life are numerous, compounding, and inter-related. Second, they cannot be resolved by mere changes in our social and economic policies or by the election of a new crop of politicians.
Our political system has become dysfunctional, and our economic system is, at best, challenged, and we Americans can no longer wait for periodic bursts of accidental honesty from our leaders. For these reasons, defining the direction and achieving the changes necessary to improve the quality and the nature of American life can no longer be deferred or delegated. They are, once again, up to each of us. Both for our country and in our own self-interest, there are things which we, not they, must now do.
It is time for America to (finally) change. Again. Through our words, actions, and example, it is time for each of us to re-assert and to display our powers of individual leadership. It is time for us, together, to stare down the face of crazy. And that is good.
These books address these subjects with both humor and levity. They were written with coffee. They should be read with beer. At times, I have even incorporated some of the touches of absurdity which have also come to characterize American life. However, the use of humor, levity, and the touches of the absurd are far more than mere matters of style. I believe that they are essential to renewing any constructive discussion about America’s challenges because most Americans are disillusioned, exhausted, edgy, frustrated, and in some cases angry. They are not in the mood for another thick, wordy tome, and it is hoped that the use of humor may lighten the subjects and may help to bring a wide audience back into our needed national conversation.
The breadth of the topics addressed in these books is terribly wide. At times over the last several years, I have feared that this entire effort may be nothing more a fool’s errand or what the famous historian, Will Durant, used to more gently refer to as a “brave stupidity.” Nevertheless, I have chosen to continue my undertaking — my brave stupidity — with stubborn diligence. In these books I will try to concisely, accurately and objectively describe the true state of the American condition, to present the reasoned bases for optimism in the solution of our issues, and to identify the exact nature of those actions which we must now take to reclaim both the goodness and the promise of American life.
A more detailed description of this series of books, The Chance of a Lifetime … and of the seven books in the series can be found by selecting the Titles and Synopses Tab above.