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Fire and Light

How The Enlightenment Transformed Our World

By James MacGregor author Burns

"With this profound and magnificent book, drawing on his deep reservoir of thought and expertise in the humanities, James MacGregor Burns takes us into the fire's center.  As a 21st-century philosopher, he brings to vivid life the incandescent personalities and ideas that embody the best in Western civilization and shows us how understanding them is essential for anyone who would seek to decipher the complex problems and potentialities of the world we will live in tomorrow."  --Michael Beschloss, New York Times bestselling author of Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989


“James MacGregor Burns is a national treasure, and Fire and Light is the elegiac capstone to a career devoted to understanding the seminal ideas that made America - for better and for worse - what it is.” --Joseph J. Ellis, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning author Revolutionary Summer
 

Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling historian James MacGregor Burns explores the most daring and transformational intellectual movement in history, the European and American Enlightenment

In this engaging, provocative history, James MacGregor Burns brilliantly illuminates the two-hundred-year conflagration of the Enlightenment, when audacious questions and astonishing ideas tore across Europe and the New World, transforming thought, overturning governments, and inspiring visionary political experiments. Fire and Light brings to vivid life the galaxy of revolutionary leaders of thought and action who, armed with a new sense of human possibility, driven by a hunger for change,  created the modern world. Burns discovers the origins of a distinctive American Enlightenment in men like the Founding Fathers Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison, and their early encounters with incendiary European ideas about liberty and equality. It was these thinker-activists who framed the United States as a grand and continuing experiment in Enlightenment principles.

Today the same questions Enlightenment thinkers grappled with have taken on new urgency around the world: in the turmoil of the Arab Spring, in the former Soviet Union, and China, as well as in the United States itself. What should a nation be? What should citizens expect from their government? Who should lead and how can leadership be made both effective and accountable? What is happiness, and what can the state contribute to it? Burns's exploration of the ideals and arguments that formed the bedrock of our modern world shines a new light on these ever-important questions.

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Format: Book
Author: Burns, James MacGregor author
Summary: Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling historian James MacGregor Burns explores the most daring and transformational intellectual movement in history, the European and American Enlightenment In this engaging, provocative history, James MacGregor Burns brilliantly illuminates the two-hundred-year conflagration of the Enlightenment, when audacious questions and astonishing ideas tore across Europe and the New World, transforming thought, overturning governments, and inspiring visionary political experiments.
Title: Fire and light : how the enlightenment transformed our world / James MacGregor Burns.
Publisher Date: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2013.
Subject: Enlightenment -- Influence Enlightenment -- France Enlightenment -- Great Britain Enlightenment -- United States
Isbn: 9781250024893 (hardcover : alk. paper) 1250024897 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Format: Book
Author: Burns, James MacGregor author.
Summary: Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling historian James MacGregor Burns explores the most daring and transformational intellectual movement in history, the European and American Enlightenment In this engaging, provocative history, James MacGregor Burns brilliantly illuminates the two-hundred-year conflagration of the Enlightenment, when audacious questions and astonishing ideas tore across Europe and the New World, transforming thought, overturning governments, and inspiring visionary political experiments.
Title: Fire and light : how the enlightenment transformed our world / James MacGregor Burns.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2013.
Description: ix, 388 pages ; 25 cm
Subjects: Enlightenment -- Influence
Subjects: Enlightenment -- France
Subjects: Enlightenment -- Great Britain
Subjects: Enlightenment -- United States
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-367) and index.
LCCN: 2013023486
ISBN: 9781250024893 (hardcover : alk. paper)
ISBN: 1250024897 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Call Number: 940.25 Bur