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Review: The Hidden Wealth of Nations

Review: The Politics of Happiness–What Government Can Learn from the New Research on Well-Being

Review: The Health of Nations–Society and Law beyond the State

Phi Beta Iota: The Founding Fathers of the United STATES of America included the “pursuit of happiness” in the Declaration of Independence.  This was not frivolous.  Wikipedia provides a superb concise discussion of how to interpret happiness in “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Our own interpretation, to which the below books have contributed, is that happiness is construed in two distinct aspects:

First, that each person find their fullest potential and live to that potential; and

Second, that each person be nurtured to their fullest potential within a harmonious community, or “fraternite.”

Happiness, like trust, lowers the cost to society of everything.

See Also:

Review: 1776

Review DVD John Adams (HBO Miniseries)

Review: The Thirteen American Arguments–Enduring Debates That Define and Inspire Our Country

Review: The Idea that is America–Keeping Faith With Our Values in a Dangerous World

Review: Peaceful Positive Revolution–Economic Security for Every American

Review: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised–Democracy, the Internet, and the Overthrow of Everything

Review: Groundswell–Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies

Review: Here Comes Everybody–The Power of Organizing Without Organizations

Review: The Ecology of Commerce–A Declaration of Sustainability

Review: The Compassionate Instinct–The Science of Human Goodness

Review: Nonzero–The Logic of Human Destiny

Review: The Way of the World–A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism

Review: The Nine Nations of North America

Review: Secession, State, and Liberty

Review: Losing America–Confronting a Reckless and Arrogant Presidency

Review: At War with Ourselves–Why America Is Squandering Its Chance to Build a Better World

Review: Soft Despotism, Democracy’s Drift: Montesquieu, Rousseau, Tocqueville, and the Modern Prospect

Review: Anthropologists in the Public Sphere–Speaking Out on War, Peace, and American Power

Review: Unspeakable Truths–Facing the Challenges of Truth Commissions (Paperback)

Review: Acts of God–The Unnatural History of Natural Disaster in America

Review: The End of America–Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot

Review: TYRANNICIDE The Story of the Second American Revolution

Review: Daydream Believers–How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power

Review: Our Undemocratic Constitution–Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (And How We the People Can Correct It)

Review: The Modern State

Review: The Celestine Prophecy

Review: The leadership of civilization building–Administrative and civilization theory, symbolic dialogue, and citizen skills for the 21st century

Review: Finding Our Way–Leadership for an Uncertain Time (Hardcover)

Review: Pedagogy of Freedom–Ethics, Democracy, and Civic Courage