The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World

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Winner of the Zócalo Book Prize
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

What moral values do we hold in common? As globalization draws us together economically, are our values converging or diverging? These twin questions led Michael Ignatieff to embark on a three-year, eight-nation journey in search of an answer. What we share, he found, are what he calls "ordinary virtues" tolerance, forgiveness, trust, and resilience. When conflicts break out, these virtues are easily exploited for a politics of fear and exclusion--reserved for one's own group and denied to others. But they are also the key to healing and reconciliation on a local and global scale.

"Ignatieff combines powerful moral arguments with superb storytelling."
--New Statesman

"Makes for illuminating reading."
--Simon Winchester, New York Review of Books

"Engaging, articulate and richly descriptive... Ignatieff's deft histories, vivid sketches and fascinating interviews are the soul of this important book."
--Kieran Setiya, Times Literary Supplement

"Ignatieff has long served as a bellwether of liberal internationalism... His writerly gifts make reading The Ordinary Virtues a wonderful experience."
--Samuel Moyn, author of The Last Utopia

Publication Date: 
April 1, 2019