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The Impoverishment of Political Discourse

Political speech in the United States is undergoing a crisis. Glendon's acclaimed book traces the evolution of the strident language of rights in America and shows how it has captured the nation's devotion to individualism and liberty, but omitted the American traditions of hospitality and care for the community.

Mary Ann Glendon is the Emerita Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University. She is also a former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See. Glendon has done work related ot human rights, comparative law, and political theory.