All Falling Faiths

All Falling Faiths

Reflections on the Promise and Failure of the 1960s

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In this warm and intimate memoir Judge Wilkinson delivers a chilling message. The 1960s inflicted enormous damage on our country; even at this very hour we see the decade’s imprint in so much of what we say and do. The chapters reveal the harm done to the true meaning of education, to our capacity for lasting personal commitments, to our respect for the rule of law, to our sense of rootedness and home, to our desire for service, to our capacity for national unity, to our need for the sustenance of faith. Judge Wilkinson does not seek to lecture but to share in the most personal sense what life was like in the 1960s, and to describe the influence of those frighteningly eventful years upon the present day.

Judge Wilkinson acknowledges the good things accomplished by the Sixties and nourishes the belief that we can learn from that decade ways to build a better future. But he asks his own generation to recognize its youthful mistakes and pleads with future generations not to repeat them. The author’s voice is one of love and hope for America. But our national prospects depend on facing honestly the full magnitude of all we lost during one momentous decade and of all we must now recover.

Publisher: New York ; London : Encounter Books, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781594038914
Branch Call Number: 347.732434 WIL 2017
Characteristics: xiv, 189 pages ; 24 cm
Notes: Includes index


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Aug 12, 2017

A memoir on the Sixties by someone who came to adulthood during those times. Mr. Wilkinson, a former US Federal Court judge, reflects on the good things of the sixties (mainly the civil rights movement and the opposition to the War in Vietnam) and on its failings (the increasing polarization of US society and the belittlement of its enduring values). The author is honest enough to acknowledge that he accepted and participated in activities during the Sixties that he now regards as failures.


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