April 27, • During its four-year run on NPR, This I Believe engaged listeners in a discussion of the core beliefs. Aug 21, The Paperback of the This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Our Latest B&N Book Club Pick! . Based on the NPR series of the same name, This I Believe features eighty Americans—from the. Oct 3, This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and to the unknown—completing the thought that begins the book's title.
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This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women [Jay Allison, Dan Gediman, Studs Terkel] Book 1 of 2 in the This I Believe Series. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Starred Review. In the s, the Edward R. Book 1 of 2 in This I Believe Series (2 Book Series). This I Believe book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. An inspiring collection of the personal philosophies of a group of.
Based on the NPR series of the same name, This I Believe features 80 Americans—from the famous to the unknown—completing the thought that begins with the book's title. The pieces that make up the program compel listeners to re-think not only what and how they have arrived at their own personal beliefs, but also the extent to which they share them with others. Featuring a star-studded list of contributors that includes John McCain, Isabel Allende, and Colin Powell as well as pieces from the original 's series including Helen Keller and Jackie Robinson , the collection also contains essays by a Brooklyn lawyer, a woman who sells yellow pages advertising in Fort Worth, TX and a man who serves on the state of Rhode Island's parole board. The result is a stirring, funny and always provocative trip inside the minds and hearts of a diverse group of Americans whose beliefs, and the incredibly varied ways in which they choose to express them, reveal the American spirit at its best. Listen to William F. Buckley, Jr. Based on the NPR series of the same name, This I Believe features eighty Americans, from the famous to the unknown, completing the thought that the book's title begins.
In all my adventures among hundreds of Americans I have discovered that the rule of thumb does not work. Our language has become perverted along with the thoughts of many of us.
So I declare myself a radical conservative. Radical, as in getting to the root of things. Pasteur was a radical. Semmelweiss was a radical. He may have wound up in a nuthouse, but he pursued the truth, found it, and saved untold millions of lives. But perhaps I do believe there is a God deposited in each of us ever since the Big Bang.
I secretly envy those who believe in the hereafter and with it the idea that they may once again meet dear ones. They cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that there is such a place. Neither can I disprove it. I cannot find the bookmaker willing to take my bet on it.
How will one who guesses right be able to collect his winnings? So speaking on behalf of the bookies of the world, all bets are off. The pursuit is all.
And yet there is something which I believe with no uncertainty. It is to become an activist in this pursuit of a world in which it would be easier for people to behave decently. Being an activist is self-explanatory: you act; you take part in something outside yourself.
You join with others, who may astonish you in thinking precisely as you do on the subjects, say, of war, civil liberties, human rights.
My belief came into being during the most traumatic moment in American history, the Great Depression of the s. I remember seeing pots and pans and bedsteads and mattresses on the sidewalks. A family had just been evicted and there was an individual cry of despair, multiplied by millions.
But that community had a number of people on that very block, electricians and plumbers and carpenters, who appeared that very evening, and moved the household goods back into the flat where they had been.
They turned on the gas, they fixed the plumbing. It was a community in action accomplishing something. Albert Einstein once observed that westerners have a feeling the individual loses his freedom if he joins, say, a union or any group. Precisely the opposite is the case.
Once you join others, even though at first your mission fails, you become a different person, a much stronger one. You feel that you really count, you discover your strength as an individual because you have along the way discovered others share in what you believe, you are not alone; and thus a community is formed. I am paraphrasing Einstein.
Hopeful in a way that's in short supply lately.
Murrow introduced the idea of This I Believe, this forward-thinking compilation serves as a wonderful antidote to the cynicism of the age. Jay Allison is one of public radio's most honored producers. He has produced hundreds of nationally broadcast documentaries and features for radio and television.
Murrow Award for outstanding contributions to public radio, the industry's highest honor. Before his career in broadcasting, Jay was a theater director in Washington, D. He is also the founder of the public radio stations for Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cape Cod where he lives.
Dan Gediman is the executive producer of This I Believe. He has won many of public broadcasting's most prestigious awards, including the duPont-Columbia Award.