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Publisher's Summary

A distinguished religious leader's stirring case for reconstructing a shared framework of virtues and values.

With liberal democracy embattled, public discourse grown toxic, family life breaking down, and drug abuse and depression on the rise, many fear what the future holds.

In Morality, respected faith leader and public intellectual Jonathan Sacks traces today's crisis to our loss of a strong, shared moral code and our elevation of self-interest over the common good. We have outsourced morality to the market and the state, but neither is capable of showing us how to live. Sacks leads listeners from ancient Greece to the Enlightenment to the present day to show that there is no liberty without morality and no freedom without responsibility, arguing that we all must must play our part in rebuilding a common moral foundation.

A major work of moral philosophy, Morality is an inspiring vision of a world in which we can all find our place and face the future without fear.

©2020 Jonathan Sacks (P)2020 Basic Books

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"Jonathan Sacks is one of the great moral thinkers of our time. His latest book, Morality, applies his powerful approach to the unprecedented challenges of our time - social, political, economic, and above all, cultural. May his words be heeded throughout the land." (Robert D. Putnam, author of Bowling Alone and The Upswing)

"Jonathan Sacks has produced a work of extraordinary depth, beauty, urgency, and erudition. If the prophets of the Hebrew Bible came back to guide liberal democracies and anxious citizens through this difficult time, but first they studied modern history and social science, this is the book they would write for us." (Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind and coauthor of The Coddling of the American Mind)

"This major work in moral philosophy and theology should engage all readers, but particularly scholars, undergraduates, and graduate students." (Library Journal)

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The world needs to read this!

Brilliant from every perspective.
A pleasure and a joy listening to.
The more people will read this book the better the world will be.
Rabbi Sacks May you Rest In Peace.
We miss you.

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Not Mind Shattering

A book spoken against the divisiveness of society yet berated an entire generation , discounted and omitted the societial issues brought upon by the boomer generation which has marred the economy millennials have been left to deal with. Waded through pages of arrogant touting for few grains of truth.

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Read this book

Well written and evidence-based. This book brings much need soul back into political discourse

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Just what our country needs

Logical case for a deliberate effort for the modern society to reinstate we-mentality and high moral standards. Toxic politics and efficient markets do not assure progress in terms of happiness. Wise and intelligent text.

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Wow, what a great discussion of the subject !

I highly recommend this book, it is long but well worth your time. two words

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Really great book. love so much of it.

I love Jonathan's optimism as i havent always been so inclined in recent years. His distinction between contracts and covenant and why the latter is vital to the survival of western democracy is spot on.

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Insightful, Important- Not Condemning, Rather Uplifting

The word “morality” has connotations of self righteousness. Dr Sachs book by that title is far from it. I found his insights on the trajectory towards divisiveness in our culture thoroughly researched and thoughtful. While giving a better understanding for how societal trends and politics could have arrived at their current state, this book doesn’t point fingers. Instead, it nudges us towards solutions, personal responsibility, and a rebuilding of community. I want to read it again to really let the insights sink in. Recommending it to all my people!

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the book does a great job of framing the issue and provides many current studies in the topic. I was disappointed with the conclusion. it was very sophomoric and does not really provide conclusive answers.

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An apolitical analysis of why the World is mess!

Narration was excellent. Content understandable and well grounded, based solid history,sociological trends, and historical standards what constitutes the relationship between functional societies and their founding principles and the subsequent deterioration of them.

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Most imperative read for our time

Morality by Jonathan Sacks is possibly the single most important read to restore our common faith in humanity and chart a path towards a better more cohesive and happier society. His integration of literature history religion and philosophy is unparalleled. I recommend it to anyone who is motivated to see society and themselves differently and create a better life for themselves their families and community at large