Defending Identity

Its Indispensable Role in Protecting Democracy
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (7.13 hours)
Product Number: Z100093956
Released: Jun 16, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781481566582
Narrator/s: Stefan Rudnicki
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Natan Sharansky believes that the challenge of the twenty-first century is to assert our cultural, ethnic, or religious identities, a struggle that has never been more important than now. Who is better prepared to defend principles in a volatile world? Is it those with strong national, religious, ethnic, or tribal identities who accept democracy, or democrats who view identity as a divisive prejudice? Sharansky argues that valueless cosmopolitanism is dangerous, even in democracies. Together, identity and democracy assert a powerful and benign sense of purpose, but when at odds, they beget fundamentalism and rootlessness.

Original Publish Date: May 24, 2008

Professional reviews

"Sharansky and Weiss built this spirited defense of Israel as a Jewish state on the foundation of Sharanky's personal experience as a Soviet citizen, dissident, and prisoner and as an Israeli politician. The first-person narrative forms a single structured argument and should be heard from beginning to end. Stefan Rudnicki's narration is clear and well paced. His voice, which seems somehow to capture the whole of human experience in every sentence, gives life to Sharansky's logic. After nine years in Soviet prison and many more defending Israel against enemies and detractors, Sharansky still maintains his sense of humor and of hope. F.C. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"

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