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Downsizing the U. S. A. (United States) [Paperback]

By Thomas H. Naylor (Author) & William H. Willimon (With)
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In this trenchant analysis of American society, the authors take an unabashed stance against the belief that 'bigger is better' and warn that size and technological complexity are not risk free.

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Downsizing the U. S. A. (United States) by Thomas H. Naylor & William H. Willimon has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 06/09/1997 page 34
  • Library Journal - 06/15/1997 page 81
  • Booklist - 06/01/1997 page 1632

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Studio: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Pages   981
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.04" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2000
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Edition  New  
ISBN  0802843301  
ISBN13  9780802843302  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John de Graaf has worked with KCTS-TV, the Seattle PBS affiliate, for twenty-four years as an independent documentary producer. More than fifteen of his programs have been broadcast in prime time nationally on PBS. He is the recipient of more than 100 awards for filmmaking, including three Emmy awards. He is currently active in the Happiness Initiative ( and is an advisor to the prime minister of Bhutan.

Thomas H. Naylor was born in 1936.

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Post Liberals Go Rural  Oct 15, 1998
This book could be described as two liberals departing the "Babel" of Big Government Socialism looking for the "Promised Land" of Small Town Grass Roots, Feel Good, Ben & Jerry Socialism. While they've given up on "Big Government" solutions, as true liberals they can't for the life of them endorse home schooling as at least a possible solution or see that federalism as defined in the Constitution (not the mess we have now) WAS the decentralized state they now long for! While the quote the Bible to prove their point "sort of", it's really just to justify the cover illustration of the tower of Babel. It's as if the Bible were silent on anything else related to their subject! I guess the sorta-religious Eerdmann publishing house wanted to go "mainstream", but Amy Grant these guys ain't.

I will take what they say about not buying things at Wal Mart and those nasty mail order houses to "Save America" if they give all the royalties earned from sales of their book here at the "dreaded" this over to charity!

Some good stuff here. This work is another symptom that Big Government liberalism is falling apart and people who thought they were "politically correct" are becoming "Buchanan Democrats" who are "socially conservative" yet can't swallow the Republican worship of the "free market diety".

a thought-provoking argument  Jul 28, 1998
If you also believe the answer to many of our social woes is a return to "community" and a reverse course away from impersonalization, the arguments in this book will appeal to you. More than an emotional cry for "smaller is better", rather one based on deep intellectual and rational thinking.
For the outside-the-box thinker  May 28, 1998
Naylor and Willimon offer a simple yet challenging suggestion to our churches, schools, universities, and government: grow smaller, not bigger. In so doing, the authors manage to make a credible case for seccession for states.

This book will make you reinvestigate your constitutional views and actually ponder the plausibility of a peaceful breakup or splitoff of the United States. These radical ideas are apt to gain a mainstream following, particularly for those disenfranchised with the state of our current welfare, social security, and public school systems. My only complaint with the book was that the end came too soon.

Reviews of Downsizing the U.S.A. from the Publisher  Nov 24, 1997
"Very thoughtful! I enojoyed Downsizing the U.S.A. very much." Richard D. Lamm, former Governor of Colorado; Director, Center for Public Policy and Contemporary Issues, University of Denver

"Legions of Americans, stalled in traffic jams or holding for the next available customer representative on the telephone, will agree with this book's central thesis: big is bad." Publisher's Weekly

"Practically everywhere [Naylor and Willimon] turn they see Americans paying a high price for the bigness and complexity of modern society, and they warn that imposed unity and universality are false solutions. They invoke the image of the U.S. as a modern-day Babel. Downsizing becomes a tool for clearing away the physical and spiritual clutter in our lives to help us discover that less really can be more." Booklist

"The company's too big to be profitable, so it "downsizes," the trendy word for laying people off. Naylor and Willimon go the corporate managers one better and suggest downsizing everything--cities, government, schools, churches, the military, and the welfare system. The future of business, and of people, lies locally, they argue." The Associated Press


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