[America is in crisis. Our politics are bitterly divided.
You’ve seen it. The evidence is everywhere: on campuses, in social media, in the traditional media.
More and more Americans feel alienated—and the isolating effects of COVID-19 have made the problem even worse.
So what do you do?
It’s tempting to fall into despair—or anger. And no doubt we see anger on both left and right these days.
But there’s another way . . .
In A Time to Build, acclaimed political thinker Yuval Levin shows that rage and violence need not mark the path forward.
The social crisis we confront is not defined by an oppressive presence, he shows. No, the problem is a debilitating absence—an absence of the forces that unite us.
Now is not the time to tear down. It is time to build and rebuild—to rebuild the vital institutions that have shaped American life, from families to schools, from churches to the military.
The Wall Street Journal declares that A Time to Build offers “trenchant” analysis that is “at once simpler, more generous and more cogent” than what you typically hear from left or right.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Yuval Levin is the editor of National Affairs and the director of social, cultural, and constitutional studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). A former member of the White House domestic policy staff under President George W. Bush, he has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal, among many other publications. His previous books include The Fractured Republic and The Great Debate. He holds an MA and a PhD from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.
PRAISE FOR A TIME TO BUILD
“A Time to Build is exactly what America needs right now. A moving call to recommit to the great project of our common life. And from Yuval Levin, one of the most thoughtful and pertinent of our public intellectuals, who writes like a dream if dreams were always clear. What an encouraging book this is, and what an important one.”
—Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal
“Crisply written and characteristically thoughtful.”
“Excellent . . . Levin discusses how we’ve degraded our institutions by not letting them shape and constrain us, but instead using them as mere platforms.”
—Rich Lowry, National Review
“A Time to Build diagnoses the decline of institutions as the source of many social ills, including loneliness and despair, that have been attributed to other causes.”
“A provocative, inspiring look at the underlying cause of our polarization and dysfunction.”
“There is a great deal of ruin in our society. Yuval Levin does not shrink from taking the full measure of our woes. But his counsel is not despair. This perceptive and important book sets an agenda for renewing the institutions we need in order to live and flourish together as Americans.”
—R. R. Reno, editor of First Things