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3 out of 4 stars
Review by LivreAmour217
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At six-hundred two pages in length, the book presents thorough discussions of the responsibilities of all citizens within every tier of society. The roles of governments, businesses, educators, family units, and individuals are laid out in great detail, with no topic being spared. The author offers straightforward advice and detailed solutions for the many problems that plague society, both at the local and global levels. Obviously, this is not light reading by anyone's standards!
The author shares his opinions passionately while maintaining a calm and reasonable tone. I admired Mr. Howat's ability to maintain this balance, and found most of his points to be rational and realistic. Regarding the few topics on which we disagreed, I was still able to understand and respect his viewpoint. Furthermore, Mr. Howat never stoops to insulting the institutions that he feels could be improved upon, which I found very refreshing.
What I enjoyed most about this book was the useful information it contained about many current issues. The author presented facts pertaining to climate change and the recent influx of Middle Eastern refugees into Western nations that was completely new to me. Additionally, Mr. Howat offered extensive (and very sound) advice on how to improve the sad state of public education, a topic that is of great personal importance to me.
I only have two minor complaints about this book. First, I did find a number of minor typographical errors, and although they weren't much of a distraction, they did clash with the meticulous feel of the book. Also, the author began to repeat himself regarding several issues within the last hundred pages, which I believe added unnecessary bulk to an already lengthy tome.
But I found Responsibilities Before Rights to be a worthwhile and thought-provoking read, and I rate it 3 out of 4 stars. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest sociology, psychology, or current events. However, I feel compelled to warn again that this book is not an easy read, and that it will require a good deal of time to finish. Those who are up to the task may also want to keep and pen and pad handy to write down any points of interest.
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Amagine wrote:I love the main point of the book and I agree with it. People are so concerned about what they can or cannot do but should instead be focused on what they should do. Yes, you should donate to a charity, if you have the funds. Yes, you should volunteer at a school or event, if you have the time. We should all be focused on strengthening our community and our country.
Thanks, Amagine! Your last sentence sums up the message of this book very well!
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kandscreeley wrote:I also agree with the main point of the book. It reminds me of the line from Ever After. "You were born to privilege and with that comes specific obligations." It sounds a little long for me, but a good premise nonetheless. Thanks for the review.
Thank you for reading it! I remember that quote, and it suits this book nicely.
Chrys Brobbey wrote:It's refreshing to have such a book to educate people on their responsibilities and rights. Often, people focus on their rights and ignore their responsibilities. But as President John F. Kennedy said, we should ask what we can do for our country, and not what our country can do for us. I admire the hard work on the part of the author to complete such a voluminous book. And thanks for the diligence of the review.
Thank you for reading my review. Yes, the author's message was a very refreshing take on the subject matter. In a world that encourages self-centeredness, it's good to know that there are people who still have their priorities in order!
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