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Life Under Compulsion


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Anthony Esolen is the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization and Ironies of Faith and the translator and editor of the celebrated three-volume Modern Library edition of Dante's Divine Comedy. He is a professor of English at Providence College and a senior editor of Touchstone magazine. Esolen lives in Rhode Island, USA with his family.


Praise for Anthony Esolen's Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child

"Esolen signals with this book his presence in the top rank of authors of cultural criticism, following in the footsteps of Richard Weaver, Walker Percy, Russell Kirk, John Senior, Christopher Lasch, and Roger Scruton." --American Spectator

"Esolen's skewering of contemporary culture with all of its political correctness and shallow moral gestures is devastating." --Washington Times
"A lament for what we have lost and are losing honor, humility, noneroticized love, truth, and faith." --Conversations on Philanthropy

"This book is essential reading for parents, educators, and anyone who is concerned to rescue children from the tedious and vacuous thing childhood has become." --Education Reporter
"Witty, provocative, and insightful. Parents will feel empowered and encouraged by Esolen's uncommon sense." --Michael Medved, nationally syndicated talk radio host

"This book made me want to jump up (very high) and cheer, or run around (very far) and shout warnings. . . . A worthy successor to C. S. Lewis's The Abolition of Man." --Peter Kreeft, professor of philosophy, Boston College
"Esolen shows how under the spell of that conjuring word freedom we wrap children in cords of bondage. His Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child was a wonderful book; this is a profound one."
--J. Budziszewski, University of Texas, author of On the Meaning of Sex

"Life Under Compulsion is for anyone who wants to understand how thoroughly our contemporary culture has weakened and warped our fundamental humanity. This is at once a deeply entertaining and a seriously impressive book. Dare to approach it with an open mind, and you will not put it down unchanged."
"The book is full of gems. . . . Esolen's case for the human imagination is extraordinarily important." --Catholic Culture

"Nonstop wit, energetic writing, fresh insight, and abundant wisdom about how to shape a good life for your children, and maybe even yourself." --Robert Royal, president of the Faith & Reason Institute

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