Through incisive, morally-engaging conversations with some of the leading political figures, writers, activists, poets, and scholars on his program Bill Moyers Journal, Bill Moyers captured the essence of American life and politics from 2007-2010, including the final act of the Bush Administration and the early years of President Obama. This collection includes some of the most groundbreaking, important, and enlightening interviews from the show, as well as newly-written introductions to each guest. Included: Howard Zinn, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Jon Stewart, Wendell Potter, W.S. Merwin, John Grisham, Jane Goodall, James K. Galbraith, Barbara Ehrenreich, and Louise Erdrich.
Moyers on Democracy collects many of Bill Moyers’s most moving statements to connect the dots on what is happening to our country – the twinned grown of private wealth and public squalor, the assault on our Constitution, the undermining of the electoral process, the accelerating class war against ordinary (and vulnerable) Americans inherent in the growth of economic inequality, the dangers of imperial executive, the attack on the independence of the press, the despoiling of the earth we share as our common gift – and to rekindle the reader’s conviction that “the gravediggers of democracy will not have the last word.”
In a series of fascinating conversations with 34 American poets, Bill Moyers celebrates language in its "most exalted, wrenching, delighted, and concentrated form," and its unique power to re-create the human experience. Included are Linda McCarriston's award-winning poems about a child trapped in a violent home, David Mura describing his Japanese American grandfather's experience in relocation camps, Sekou Sundiata stitching the magic of his childhood church in Harlem to the African tradition of storytelling, Gary Snyder invoking the natural wonder of mountains and rivers, and Adrienne Rich calling for honesty in human relations, They all testify to the necessity of the poet's voice, and give hope that from such a wide variety of racial, ethnic, and religious threads we might yet weave a new American fabric.
During 50 years as a journalist, a political spokesperson, and broadcaster, Bill Moyers has demonstrated a deep commitment to understanding the workings of our government and the role of the individual in society. Identifying what he sees as a political system increasingly at the mercy of a corporate ruling class, he urges a re-engagement with the spirit of community that makes the work of democracy possible. Not only a trenchant critique of what's wrong with America, Moyers on America is also a call to arms for the progressive promise of America's people.
People need stories to make sense of the world -- to hold their lives together, and to fasten on to those values that last. The greatest stories are found in the Bible, enduring through the centuries. In Genesis, Bill Moyers brings together some of the world's liveliest minds for spirited round-table discussions of the ageless stories from the Bible's first, towering book.
Changing the way Americans think about sickness and health, this companion volume to the landmark PBS series of the same name shapes the debate over alternative medical treatments and the role of the mind in illness and recovery. In a series of fascinating interviews with experts and laypeople alike, Bill Moyers explores how the new mind/body approach is being practiced in the treatment of stress, chronic disease, and neonatal problems in American hospitals; examines the chemical basis of emotions and their potential for making us both sick and well; explores the fusion of traditional Chinese medicine with modern Western practices in contemporary China; and takes an up-close, personal look at alternative healing therapies in America.
This extraordinary best-seller is a brilliant evocation of Joseph Campbell's noted teachings on mythology and its modern relevance. The Power of Myth -- the series and the book -- launched an extraordinary resurgence of interest in Joseph Campbell and his work. A reeminent scholar, writer, and teacher, he has had a profound influence on millions of people. To him, mythology was the “song of the universe, the music of the spheres.” The Power of Myth touches on subjects from modern marriage to virgin births, from Jesus to John Lennon, offering a brilliant combination of intelligence and wit.
Based on an acclaimed PBS documentary, The Secret Government analyzes threats to our constitutional government posed by an illegitimate network of spies, profiteers, mercenaries, ex-generals and “superpatriots” who have tried to take foreign policy into their own hands.
The Constitutional Convention of 1787 comes alive through a day–by–day recreation of the Framers’ meetings. Bill Moyers dramatically captures the tense fragility of the convention as an all–too-human endeavor, the reality of which the Framers themselves were painfully aware. The debates they waged, the conflicting philosophies of government they offered, their clashes and compromise – are all illuminated in this succinct and inspiring look at the making of our constitution. Included are vivid charcoal drawings by renowned artist Burton Silverman.
Listening to America is a vivid chorus of the myriad voices of the country: disturbed, spirited, inspired, frightened, complacent, industrious, selfish, confused, humorous, spiteful, and bewitching. It is also the revelation of a sympathetic traveler’s intensifying awareness of the complexity of American life, of the nation’s vast human and natural resources, and of our urgent need to listen to one another and to our consciences if we are to survive and thrive.