Neither essay, poetry, nor picture book, The Great Forgetting presents a new form of insight suitable for our fast-paced society of sound bites, emails, and tweets. Crafted with a keen eye and learned grasp of humanity, Martin recaptures the true meaning of The First World, shedding the socio-political armor forged by centuries of "knowledge."
A vivid intellectual journey through Rilke, Thoreau, Nietzsche, Jesus, Jung, Faulkner, Melville, and Descartes is derailed by an encounter in an Alaskan prison with a Yup'ik Eskimo who handed Martin a note scribbled with four brief words.
The Great Forgetting is the rare book deserving reflection and re-reading, the perfect gift for those seeking to reclaim the birthright of being human.
Calvin Luther Martin is the author of Keepers of the Game (California), In the Spirit of the Earth (Johns Hopkins), The Way of the Human Being (Yale), and editor of The American Indian and the Problem of History (Oxford). He has won the American Historical Association's coveted Beveridge Award for the "best book of the year in American history" (1979), and been a Guggenheim Fellow and National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellow.
Shortly before retiring from Rutgers University as a professor of history, he lived for a summer on the Navajo reservation and, later, for two years with Yup'ik Eskimos in Alaska. He presently lives on the northern boundary of the Adirondack Park ("Six Million Acres of Forever Wild"), in New York State.