- By Charles Peters Jon Meacham

We Do Our Part: Toward a Fairer and More Equal America

  • Title: We Do Our Part: Toward a Fairer and More Equal America
  • Author: Charles Peters Jon Meacham
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • We Do Our Part Toward a Fairer and More Equal America We Do Our Part was the slogan of Franklin Delano Roosevelt s National Recovery Administration and it captured the can do spirit that allowed America to survive the Great Depression and win World War I

    We Do Our Part was the slogan of Franklin Delano Roosevelt s National Recovery Administration and it captured the can do spirit that allowed America to survive the Great Depression and win World War II Over the course of a sixty year career as a Washington, D.C journalist and historian, Peters, the founder of the Washington Monthly, has witnessed drastic changes first We Do Our Part was the slogan of Franklin Delano Roosevelt s National Recovery Administration and it captured the can do spirit that allowed America to survive the Great Depression and win World War II Over the course of a sixty year career as a Washington, D.C journalist and historian, Peters, the founder of the Washington Monthly, has witnessed drastic changes firsthand Ranging from the history of lobbying to the explosion of high end fashion and travel reporting, this surprising book explains how we can consolidate the gains we have made while recapturing the generous spirit we have lost.We Do Our Part is entertaining, insightful, and engaging Spanning decades of politics and culture, Peters compares the flood of talented, original thinkers who flowed into the nation s capital to join FDR s administration with the tide of self serving government staffers who left to exploit their opportunities on Wall Street and as lobbyists from the 1970s to today During the same period, the economic divide between rich and poor grew, as we shifted from a culture of generosity to one of personal aggrandizement With the wisdom of a prophet and the wit of a great storyteller, Peters connects these two trends by showing how this money fueled elitism has diminished our trust in one another and our nation and changed Washington for the worse If liberal Democrats and Peters is one want to win again, they need to be fair to everyone, including the working man who was once essential to the party of FDR We Do Our Part shows us where we have been and where we are going, drawn from the invaluable perspective of a man who has seen America s better days and still believes in the promise that lies ahead.

    1 thought on “We Do Our Part: Toward a Fairer and More Equal America

    1. On the whole I found this disappointing, especially after the rave reviews quoted on the book's dust jacket. The first half is mildly interesting in parts, but much of the second is eye-glazingly banal. Jon Meacham writes in the Forward to his eighty-nine year old friend's book, “This book is Charlie's valedictory, his view from the mountaintop after decades in the arena,” and that is indeed the feeling conveyed. This is a swan song, in which a few sections may be of interest but much is mis [...]

    2. I bought into the basic argument that we've evolved from the Roosevelt culture of service to the Trump culture of money. Where Peters started losing me was the last third of the book (probably because it's where I have the most direct experience), when he started talking about specific issues like abortion, gun rights, and (especially) public education (he thinks teachers are the problem and that charter schools are the solution), all without the benefit of any serious data or facts, just opinio [...]

    3. I found this book most timely, as the gap between the wealthy and poor continues to grow here in the U.S. and the Democratic Party and progressives seem to be struggling to define a positive message and path forward. A senior reporter and senior editor of “The Washington Monthly” and author of several books examining our political system, the writer brings important insights into the political and cultural situation in our country today.As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer myself I appreciate [...]

    4. There were good parts to this book about people becoming involved in government and teaching. I found a few flaws including the fact that he deplores the condition of public education while he switches his son to a private school while she gets a teaching position at the school to cover tuition. He criticizes high school students going to ivy league schools while he got advanced degrees from Columbia. He also calls anyone who did not serve in Vietnam a draft dodger. Vietnam was a travesty for my [...]

    5. This book by Charles Peters, publisher emeritus of The Washington Monthly, is both a memoir and critique of American culture and politics from the Truman administration to the present. I find most of Peters' observations spot on. Peters lays the ¨blame¨ for the disintegration of USA´s New Deal ¨We Do Our Part¨ unity squarely on the shoulders of his generation and my g-g-g-g-generation. While my parents´ generation, of which Peters is a member, was noted for its conformity it also started t [...]

    6. We Do Our Part is a book I really wanted to enjoy. It has a fantastic premise, makes some great promises in the book jacket, and takes an optimistic point-of-view of government not seen today outside of reruns of The West Wing.Peters examines some really interesting individuals in recent American history and makes some particularly good points as well.However, I feel like the argument being made in this book is not always particularly strong and at times conflicting. The latter being more proble [...]

    7. This is a worthwhile book. The truly excellent parts are Peters's recollections about life during the "Roosevelt Era" (1933-1965 or so), when the country truly was much less greedy and much more willing to pitch in for the common good. He makes a very strong case that Americans have it in them to come together and put the country first. The second half of the book is basically a chronicle of all the various policy fights he got into through the Washington Monthly, along with why he was mostly ri [...]

    8. This book is an excellent political history covering 1930 to the present day. The author gets almost everything right; except that I would take issue with his criticism of public schools and teachers unions. The book falls down in the area of what is to be done, and seems to lose focus after the first half of the book. The author's heart is in the right place; but he does not have a focused idea of how to make the changes that are needed, other than to push people to greater involvement.

    9. Written from the perspective of a working-class raised, white educated Democratic liberal 91-year-old who---in this Democratic liberal elite's view --- shines light on the good and troubling in both parties. I appreciate the emphasis on being aware of when we're motivated to do good and when we're motivated to do well. The historical progression of the book fills in a lot of gaps. Enjoyable and thought-provoking.

    10. I was fascinated by Peters' take on the creeping greed taking over Washington and the country. He dates it back to the end of FDR's administration, the development of the lobbying class, and later, the glamour that the Kennedy's exuded. He, of course, deals with much more, but this point stood out to me and resonated. All that stuff about service, dedication to country and hope for America wasn't so bad either.

    11. While I had hoped for a book that talked more about the New Deal this book did offer some interesting insights about its afterbirth, including the rise of "real news" and its peddlers. I felt that the author was fairly neutral in his description of liberal vs conservative, but this feeling evaporated as the book went on, with a strong anti-liberal stance by the closing. Even so, I recommend this book if for no other reason than the history tidbits from the Depression to the present.

    12. I received this book from Good Reads.Charles Peters is a Liberal and proud of it. So am I, so I was happy to read this book. However, Mr. Peters is an older man, his first recollection of presidents if FDR, a bit before my time!Interesting read; decently written. Leads to an understand of why Americans are frustrated by government, most especially the current administration.

    13. Excellent personal recounting of the political development in the US from the Great Depression to present day: problems, what we did right, what we did wrong and how to fix it.

    14. via NYPL - A fascinating, smart look at shifting public policies and public attitudes since the halcyon days of the New Deal to the present, critical of both the political left and political right.

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