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Utopia drive: a road trip through America's most radical idea

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"For Erik Reece, life, at last, was good: he was newly married, gainfully employed, living in a creekside cabin in his beloved Kentucky woods. It sounded, as he describes it, "like a country song with a happy ending." And yet he was still haunted by a sense that the world--or, more specifically, his country--could be better. He couldn't ignore his conviction that, in fact, the good ol' USA was in the midst of great social, environmental, and political crises--that for the first time in our history, we were being swept into a future that had no future. Where did we--here, in the land of Jeffersonian optimism and better tomorrows--go wrong? Rather than despair, Reece turned to those who had dared to imagine radically different futures for America. What followed was a giant road trip and research adventure through the sites of America's utopian communities, both historical and contemporary, known and unknown, successful and catastrophic. What he uncovered was not just a series of lost histories and broken visionaries but also a continuing and vital but hidden idealistic tradition in American intellectual history. Utopia Drive is an important and definitive reconstruction of that tradition. It is also, perhaps, a new framework to help us find a genuinely sustainable way forward. "--
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subject_facetCommunitarianism -- United States -- History
Utopian socialism -- United States -- History
Utopias -- United States -- History
title_displayUtopia drive : a road trip through America's most radical idea
title_fullUtopia Drive A Road Trip Through America's Most Radical Idea
Utopia drive : a road trip through America's most radical idea / Erik Reece
title_shortUtopia drive
title_suba road trip through America's most radical idea
topic_facetCommunitarianism
History
Nonfiction
Politics
Utopian socialism
Utopias