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Carter, Stephen L. 1954-

Overview
Works: 89 works in 470 publications in 13 languages and 29,648 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Suspense fiction  Domestic fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Historical fiction  Alternative histories (Fiction)  Spy stories  History  Biography 
Roles: Author, Speaker
Classifications: PS3603.A78, 813.6
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Stephen L Carter
The emperor of Ocean Park by Stephen L Carter( Book )

98 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in 14 languages and held by 3,885 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The complex story of family with links to crime. The novel is set amongst the African American society of the eastern seaboard and the inner circle of an Ivy League law school
The culture of disbelief : how American law and politics trivialize religious devotion by Stephen L Carter( Book )

26 editions published between 1976 and 1994 in English and held by 2,715 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America, it is often noted, is the most religious nation in the Western world. At the same time, many political leaders and opinionmakers have come to view any religious element in public discourse as a tool of the radical right for reshaping American society. In our sensible zeal to keep religion from dominating our politics, Stephen L. Carter argues, we have constructed political and legal cultures that force the religiously devout to act as if their faith doesn't really matter. This book explains how we can preserve the vital separation of church and state while embracing rather than trivializing the faith of millions of citizens or treating religious believers with disdain. What makes Carter's work so intriguing is that he uses liberal means to arrive at what are often considered conservative ends. Carter explains how preserving a special role for religious communities can strengthen our democracy. The book recovers the long tradition of liberal religious witness (for example, the antislavery, antisegregation, and Vietnam-era antiwar movements), and argues that the problem with the 1992 Republican convention was not the fact of open religious advocacy but the political positions being advocated. A vast array of issues appear in a new light: everything from religion in schools to the Reverend Sun Myung Moon's mass weddings, from abortion to the Branch Davidians
New England white by Stephen L Carter( Book )

25 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 2,065 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Until the murder in the New England town of Elm Harbor, the perfectly constructed veneer had hidden the racial complications of the town's past, the secrets of a prominent family, and the most hidden bastions of African-American political influence. At the center is Lemaster Carlyle, the university president, and his wife, Julia, a dean of the divinity school, who are living 'in the heart of whiteness.' The murder victim was Julia's lover years earlier. What Julia would discover in her investigation would be a politically earth-shattering motive
Palace council by Stephen L Carter( Book )

38 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 1,886 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the summer of 1952, twenty prominent men gather at a secret meeting on Martha's Vineyard and devise a plot to manipulate the President of the United States. Soon after, the body of one of these men is found by Eddie Wesley, Harlem's rising literary star. When Eddie's younger sister mysteriously disappears, Eddie and the woman he loves, Aurelia Treene, are pulled into what becomes a twenty-year search for the truth
Integrity by Stephen L Carter( Book )

15 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this thoughtful book, Stephen Carter, whose 1993 book The Culture of Disbelief changed the way we talk about the role of religion in American life, turns his critical eye to the mystery of why the virtue of integrity holds such sway over the American political imagination. Why do we care more about winning than about playing by the rules? What are our rules about following the rules? What are our rules about breaking them? He explains why integrity is first in importance among the elements of good character, as well as why it is so hard to attain. By weaving together insights from philosophy, theology, history, and law, along with examples drawn from current events and a dose of personal experience, Carter offers a vision of integrity that has implications for everything from marriage and politics to professional football. He discusses the difficulties involved in trying to legislate integrity as well as the possibilities for teaching it. The first in a trilogy of books on the most important elements of the character of the good citizen, Integrity presents a frank examination of the national mood and concludes that unless we find ways to place integrity at the center of both our private and public lives, the American idea may crumble and the greatness of our democracy along with it
God's name in vain : the wrongs and rights of religion in politics by Stephen L Carter( Book )

8 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 1,469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Was George W. Bush doing something un-American in 1999 when, asked by a reporter what philosopher had influenced him most, he named Jesus? Was Bill Clinton doing something irreligious when, just about a year earlier, he stood before the National Prayer Breakfast and a television audience and sought forgiveness? What about the activist preachers who fight to remake the nation in the image they think God prefers and who, every time an election rolls around, recommend to their congregations how they ought to cast their ballots?"
The impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen L Carter( Book )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In an alternate history novel, Lincoln escapes assassination by John Wilkes Booth only to face impeachment, and Abigail Canner, a young black woman involved in his defense, helps investigate the murder of the president's counsel
Jericho's fall by Stephen L Carter( Book )

14 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and German and held by 1,374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In an imposing house in the Colorado Rockies, Jericho Ainsley, former head of the Central Intelligence Agency and a Wall Street titan, lies dying. He summons to his bedside Beck DeForde, the younger woman for whom he threw away his career years ago, miring them both in scandal. Beck believes she is visiting to say farewell. Instead, she is drawn into a battle over an explosive secret that foreign governments and powerful corporations alike want to wrest from Jericho before he dies
Civility: manners, morals, and the etiquette of democracy by Stephen L Carter( Book )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Basic good manners have become a casualty of our postmodern culture. Yale law professor and social critic Stephen L. Carter argues that civility is disintegrating because we have forgotten the obligations we owe to each other, and are awash instead in a sea of self-indulgence. Neither liberals nor conservatives can help us much, Carter explains, because each political movement, in a different way, exemplifies what has become the principal value of modern America: that what matters most is not the needs or hopes of others, but simply getting what we want. Taking inspiration from the Abolitionist sermons of the nineteenth century, Carter proposes to rebuild our public and private lives around the fundamental rule that we must love our neighbors, a tenet of all the world's great religions. Writing with his familiar combination of erudition and wit, Carter examines the ways in which an ethic of neighbor-love would alter everything from our political campaigns to our fast food outlets to the information superhighway, from the way we behave in the workplace to the way we drive our cars to the way we argue about constitutional rights. He investigates many of the fundamental institutions of society - including the family, the churches, and the schoolsand illustrates how each one must do more to promote the virtue of civility
The dissent of the governed : a meditation on law, religion, and loyalty by Stephen L Carter( Book )

17 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,073 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Dissent of the Governed is a diagnosis of what ails the body politic - the unwillingness of people in power to hear disagreement unless forced to - and a prescription for a new process of response. Carter examines the divided American political character on dissent, with special reference to religion, identifying it in unexpected places, with an eye toward amending it before it destroys our democracy. At the heart of this work is a rereading of the Declaration of Independence that puts dissent, not consent, at the center of the question of the legitimacy of democratic government. Carter warns that our liberal constitutional ethos - the tendency to assume that the nation must everywhere be morally the same - pressures citizens to be other than themselves when being themselves would lead to disobedience. This tendency, he argues, is particularly hard on religious citizens whose notion of community may be quite different from that of the sovereign majority of citizens. With reference to a number of cases, Carter shows that disobedience is sometimes necessary to the heartbeat of our democracy - and that the distinction between challenging accepted norms and challenging the sovereign itself, a distinction crucial to the Declaration of Independence, must be kept alive if we are to progress and prosper as a nation
Back channel : a novel by Stephen L Carter( Book )

9 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,004 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the best-selling author of The Emperor of Ocean Park and The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln-a new novel of terrific suspense and surprise: a brilliant amalgam of fact and fiction about a young black woman on whom the outcome of the Cuban Missile Crisis depends. October 1962. In Cuba: Soviet ships off-load what intelligence reveals to be nuclear missiles. In Washington, President Kennedy and his advisers are in furious debate over how long they can wait to discover what the Soviets intend before dropping the first bomb. And, in Ithaca, New York, Margo Jensen-a nineteen-year-old Cornell sophomore-is swept up in a "bizarre concatenation of circumstances" that will make of her the "back channel" liaison between Soviet Premier Khrushchev and Kennedy. Events unfold too quickly for her even to ask "why me?" But the stunning answer is revealed bit by bit as she races from Ithaca to Bulgaria to Washington, D.C., drawn ever more deeply into the crossfire-figurative and literal-of infighting between governmental agencies, both American and Soviet; into the confidence and-unsettlingly-the affection of the president of the United States; into desperate negotiations to avoid nuclear war; and, finally, into the secrets of the extraordinary legacy-of honor and bravery-she inherited from the father she never knew"--
The confirmation mess : cleaning up the federal appointments process by Stephen L Carter( Book )

5 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 960 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nearly everyone agrees that we have made a mess of the constitutional process for selecting Supreme Court Justices, cabinet officers, and other top federal officials. From the bitter battle over the nomination of Robert Bork in 1987 to the Nanny Problem that trapped so many potential public servants in 1993, we have developed a system in which the only way to defeat a nominee is to prove that he or she is "disqualified"--Which means, in practice, finding a way to convince the public that the individual is a dangerous radical or has engaged in scandalous misconduct." "In a lively and brilliantly argued work, Stephen L. Carter tells what's wrong with our confirmation process, explains how it got this way, and suggests what we can do to fix it. He reviews the most notorious recent confirmation battles - Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas, Lani Guinier, among many others - and puts them into historical context, reminding us of the bitter attacks on such nominees as Louis Brandeis and Thurgood Marshall." "Carter points out that with our current system, "we talk little about a nominee's qualifications. Instead, today's hearings, when anybody pays attention, are mostly about disqualifications." Our confirmation battles will continue to be bloody until we develop a more balanced attitude toward public service and the Supreme Court and come to recognize that human beings have flaws, commit sins, and can be redeemed. Carter's first two books were widely discussed and debated everywhere from the White House to Mirabella, from the New Republic to the New York Times. One of this country's leading constitutional scholars, Carter is particularly adept at offering a new perspective on issues that have split the country along liberal/conservative lines: affirmative action, religion in public life, and, now with this new book, the federal appointments process."--Jacket
The emperor of Ocean Park by Stephen L Carter( Recording )

22 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 762 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the story of a complex family with a single, seductive link to the shadowlands of crime
The impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen L Carter( Recording )

7 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The novel takes as its starting point an alternate history: President Abraham Lincoln survives the assassination attempt at Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865--only to be charged with overstepping his Constitutional authority during the Civil War, and faced with impeachment. Abigail, a young black woman recently graduated from Oberlin, is hired by a D.C. law firm to assist in Lincoln's defense. Working with a white clerk named Jonathan, and ducking the admonitions of her formidable Nanny Pork, Abigail embarks on a life that defies the norms of Washington society. But when one of Lincoln's lead lawyers is found brutally murdered, she finds herself plunged into a web of intrigue, politics, and conspiracy more tangled than she could have imagined
New England white by Stephen L Carter( Recording )

10 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a New England university town of Elm Harbor a murder begins to crack the veneer that has hidden the racial complications of the town's past, the secrets of a prominent family, and the most hidden bastions of African-American political influence
Inherit the dead by Mark Billingham( Recording )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pericles 'Perry' Christo is a P.I. with a past. A one-time NYPD homicide cop, Perry has been struggling since he lost his badge, and his marriage, in a notorious corruption scandal. So when wealthy Upper East Side matron Julia Drusilla calls him one cold February night, he jumps at the chance to work what seems to be a straightforward (and lucrative) case
Palace council by Stephen L Carter( Recording )

12 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the summer of 1952, twenty prominent men gather at a secret meeting on Martha's Vineyard and devise a plot to manipulate the President of the United States. Soon after, the body of one of these men is found by Eddie Wesley, Harlem's rising literary star. When Eddie's younger sister mysteriously disappears, Eddie and the woman he loves, Aurelia Treene, are pulled into what becomes a twenty-year search for the truth. As Eddie and Aurelia uncover layer upon layer of intrigue, their odyssey takes them from the wealthy drawing rooms of New York through the shady corners of radical politics, all the way to the Oval Office
Jericho's fall by Stephen L Carter( Recording )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dying Jericho Ainsley, former head of the Central Intelligence Agency and a Wall Street titan, summons Beck DeForde, the younger woman for whom he threw away his career years ago, miring them both in scandal. Beck believes she is visiting to say farewell. Instead, she is drawn into a battle over an explosive secret that foreign governments and powerful corporations alike want to wrest from Jericho before he dies
Back channel : a novel by Stephen L Carter( Recording )

11 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

October 1962. In Cuba, Soviet ships off-load what intelligence reveals to be nuclear missiles. In Washington, President Kennedy and his advisers are in furious debate over how long they can wait to discover what the Soviets intend before dropping the first bomb. And in Ithaca, New York, Margo Jensen - a nineteen-year-old Cornell sophomore - is swept up in a 'bizarre concatenation of circumstances' that will make of her the 'back channel' liaison between Soviet Premier Khrushchev and Kennedy
Reflections of an affirmative action baby by Stephen L Carter( Book )

7 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a climate where whites who criticize affirmative action risk being termed racist and blacks who do the same risk charges of treason and self hatred, a frank and open discussion of racial preference is difficult to achieve. But, in the first book on racial preference written from personal experience, Reflections of an Affirmative Action Baby, Stephen L. Carter, Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale University and self-described beneficiary (and, at times, victim) of affirmative action, does it.Using his own story of success and frustration as "an affirmative action baby" as a point of departure, Carter, who has risen to the top of his profession, provides an incisive analysis of one of the most incendiary topics of our day--as well as an honest critique of the pressures on black professionals and intellectuals to conform to the "politically correct" way of being black.Affirmative action as it is practiced today not only does little to promote racial equality, Carter argues, but also allows the nation to escape rather cheaply from its moral obligation to undo the legacy of slavery. Affirmative action, particularly in hiring often reinforces racist stereotypes by promoting the idea that the black professional cannot aspire to anything more than being "the best black." Has the time come to abandon these programs? No--but affirmative action must return to its simpler roots, Carter argues: to provide educational opportunities for those who might not otherwise have them. Then the beneficiaries should demand to be held to the same standards as anyone else
 
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Alternative Names

controlled identityShields, A. L., 1954-

Carter, Stephen

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Stephen L. Carter Amerikaans romanschrijver

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Stephen L. Carter US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller

Στέφεν Λ. Κάρτερ

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カーター, スティーヴン・L

スティーヴン・L・カーター

史蒂夫·卡特

Languages
English (293)

Spanish (12)

German (11)

French (11)

Italian (11)

Polish (6)

Danish (4)

Dutch (3)

Japanese (2)

Swedish (2)

Finnish (1)

Croatian (1)

Hebrew (1)

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The culture of disbelief : how American law and politics trivialize religious devotionNew England whitePalace councilIntegrityGod's name in vain : the wrongs and rights of religion in politicsJericho's fallCivility: manners, morals, and the etiquette of democracyThe dissent of the governed : a meditation on law, religion, and loyalty