The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories

by William J. Bennett (Editor)

Hardcover, 1993



Call number

808.8 BEN



Call number

808.8 BEN




Well-known works including fables, folklore, fiction, drama, and more, by such authors as Aesop, Dickens, Tolstoy, Shakespeare, and Baldwin, are presented to teach virtues, including compassion, courage, honesty, friendship, and faith.


Simon & Schuster (1993), Edition: 1, 831 pages

Original publication date



0671683063 / 9780671683061


(181 ratings; 3.9)

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LibraryThing member aethercowboy
Bennett has collected here a multitude of different tales, myths, stories, essays, poems, plays, and speeches, each bringing to life the virtue that its particular section bears.

Though a bit right-wing conservative Christian at times, this collection does a good job of presenting material from both the secular and the nonsecular world, allowing for most any reader to enjoy the stories of virtue.

The stories presented here are usually edited, adapted, or translated in a way to make it interesting to children and make it "family friendly" to boot.

Recommended for people sharing the same politico-religious views of Bennett, and quite possibly those looking for an anthology of virtuous tales to offset the more pessimistic literature flooding the market. Not recommended for those who _enjoy_ said pessimistic literature.
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LibraryThing member paultparker
Honestly, I picked up this book because I thought it would be good for me (and I believe it has been). I had no idea I would enjoy it. As someone else may have mentioned, each chapter (on a particular virtue) is organized from the easily-read (you could read it to a 4 year old) to the dense (even Plato and Socrates). I enjoyed the simple stories more than I expected, and I never expected parts would be moving. It takes a while to read, though; sometimes I read it every day for a month and sometimes I don't pick it up for a month.… (more)
LibraryThing member wfzimmerman
Edited by noted virtue expert Wiliam Bennett, who neglected to mention at the time that he has what is now a well-documented huge gambling problem.
LibraryThing member foof2you
A collection of short stories and poems that try to expound on virtues that all desire to emulate. Have used this book as a bedtime reader for my son. Many interesting stories included in this edition.
LibraryThing member charlie68
Some great stuff in this collection of stories, poems and dissertations. The book is quite American in places, which while not necessarily bad, does have a certain distance to it. Stories of the Revolution, the Alamo and the Civil War have more relevance to Americans than Canadians. Still a great book to study.
LibraryThing member gaillamontagne
(6 hours) I bought the cassett version at a thrift store and it was the edited version. This book was extremely enteraining. Bennett wants to communicate the value of positive character traits from real people or famous tales. He includes character trait examples from an assortment of writings which spans everyone from Asoep to Babe Ruth. This book is a rich mine of moral literacy which will encourage and inspire anyone no matter what faith you adherre to. I now want the full version. The variety of narrators adds to the colorful readings.… (more)
LibraryThing member ecw0647
All Bennett proved is that he can compile good stories than he didn't write but liked. And then he makes a lot of money from it. No original thinking here and shouldn't original thinking be one of the highest virtues?
LibraryThing member BridgetMarie
As a gift when I was a child, I was slightly offended to receive this book, feeling my reading level was much advanced from "for Young People" books, but honestly, this would be something I gave to most adults I know now. The young people part comes at the beginning of each chapter, but even those are probably the best way to understand these virtues.… (more)


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