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I am a writer and editor living in northern New Mexico. My latest book, Craft in Common: 30 Years at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, tells the history of a genuinely remarkable institution. Since its founding in1993, the Center has grown to become one of the world's best woodworking schools. I think it's a great story, and made for a really beautiful book.
My previous book, The Language of Liberty: A Citizen's Vocabulary, is made up of brief essays on 101 political terms, ones we all use when we talk, or even think, about politics. The Language of Liberty won an Independent Publisher's Book Award (an "Ippy") as the best reference book of 2020. I was also co-editor of American Georgics: Writings on Farming, Land, and Culture (Yale University Press, 2011). Finally, if you scroll down you will find links to several articles of mine published online in recent years.
IN THE PRESS
At a time when the vocabulary of politics and governance has never been more devalued and skewed for partisan purposes, The Language of Liberty offers an effective and indeed noble antidote. We need this book.
U. S. Ambassador to Thailand (ret.)