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The Secret Lives of Citizens
Author: Thomas Geoghegan

ISBN: 9780226287645
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 17 December 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.0 x 20.0 x 1.3
Description:
In this witty combination of memoir and observation, Thomas Geoghegan addresses the widespread cynicism about our government and explores what it means to be a "national" civil servant and a "local" citizen.
"This is unlike any public-policy book I've ever read: part "Catcher in the Rye, "part" The Road to Wigan Pier, "part" The Federalist Papers, " it is mesmerizing, rueful, painfully honest, and never, ever dull."--Nicholas Lemann, author of "The Big Test"
"Extraordinary. It has the essential trait of a memorable book, in that after reading it you look at daily life in a lastingly different way." --James Fallows, author of "Breaking the News"
" Geoghegan] has written a book that is not only compelling to read but that provokes us to seriously reflect on the choices we make and how we spend our time." --Jonathan Coleman, "Washington Post Book World"
"Geoghegan's language is playful. . . . Personal reminiscence mixing with historical anecdote, dipping into complex themes . . . shifting from wistful nostalgia ...

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