Changing the Bully Who Rules the World


Changing the Bully Who Rules the World

Reading and Thinking about Ethics
“An amazingly generous volume.” —BILL MCKIBBEN
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Practical, thoughtful essays—with generous selections from contemporary novelists and poets—on taming the bullies in our lives.

Bosses, partners, governments, corporations—all can act as bullies, intimidating us to their will. But changing their behavior may be in our power. In this provocative, visionary book, Carol Bly examines some of this century’s most far-ranging concepts about how to nurture ethical human beings and presents them through the lens of excellent contemporary literature.

Changing the Bully Who Rules the World is a book of hopeful, practical ideas that can hasten ethical change both in our thinking and in our behavior. Through an anthology of exceptional literature, Bly’s book asks the reader to contemplate anew the voices she presents—including works by Charles Baxter, Donald Hall, Jim Harrison, Mark Helprin, Denise Levertov, Thomas McGrath, Joyce Carol Oates, Mary Oliver, Katha Pollitt, Alice Walker, Tobias Wolff, and many others—and to consider them in terms of the ideas of important thinkers in human behavior and our own experiences.

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6 × 9 × 1.5 in
29 oz

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