Book Discussion on In Praise of Nepotism

Mr. Bellow talked about his book,In Praise of Nepotism: A Natural History, published by Doubleday. He said that nepotism, the… read more

Mr. Bellow talked about his book,In Praise of Nepotism: A Natural History, published by Doubleday. He said that nepotism, the favored treatment of one’s relatives, is considered antidemocratic in the U.S. Mr. Bellow talked about the insights of evolutionary theory, saying that nepotism is probably a part of our biological nature. 

In the final chapter of the book, Bellow argues that nepotism comes down to the bonds between children and parents, the transmission of family legacies, the cycle of generosity and gratitude that knits our whole society together. And since it is not going away anytime soon, he makes the case for dealing with nepotism openly and treating it as an art that can be practiced well or badly. close

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Book Discussion on In Praise of Nepotism

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Booknotes
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Aug 24, 2003
Last Aired:
Aug 25, 2003

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  • Aug 24, 2003 | 7:59pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Aug 24, 2003 | 10:58pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Aug 25, 2003 | 6:00am EDT | C-SPAN 1
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