Why We Are Restless: On the Modern Quest for Contentment


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Princeton University Press
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5.5 X 8.6 X 1.1 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Benjamin Storey is the Jane Gage Hipp Professor of Politics and International Affairs and Director of the Tocqueville Program at Furman University. Jenna Silber Storey is Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs and Executive Director of the Tocqueville Program at Furman. They live in Greenville, South Carolina, with their three children. Website jbstorey.com


Throughout this excellent book, the Storeys provide a model for how the thought of the past can be made vital.---Diana Schaub, Claremont Review of Books
Terrific book. Hard to understand modern secular culture if you don't know anything about Montaigne.---Timothy Keller, New York Times bestselling author
Written in an engaging and compact style, [Why We Are Restless] is essential reading for all observers of the persistent, often hidden, but increasingly visible unhappiness of contemporary life. Benjamin and Jenna Storey have done us the service of restoring some of the deepest arguments about human happiness that lie at the roots of modern politics.---Adam Thomas, Public Discourse

Beautifully written and carefully argued, it's as searching as it is subtle. . . . [Why We Are Restless] does a magnificent job of summarizing four hugely important thinkers with impressive clarity, wit, and brevity and raises some profound questions about the modern quest for happiness in the process.

---Andrew Wilson, Gospel Coalition

Excellent . . . . Why We Are Restless stands out among other books like it by answering the question implied by its title with rigor and charity.

---Matt Dinan, Hedgehog Review
[Benjamin and Jenna Storey's] book is an education in the irony and complexity of the modern quest for contentment, and in the pre-modern sources required for any understanding of how to actually achieve meaningful contentment. . . . I can't recommend it enough.---Yuval Levin, National Review
A great read for pastors, theologians, and Christians who want to think deeply and critically about the culture.---Stephen Roberts, Modern Reformation
Culturally significant. . . . this study is a rich resource for reflection.-- "Paradigm Explorer"
Why We Are Restless is a rich analysis of why we are unhappy and what we might begin to do about it.---Nathaniel Peters, Law & Liberty
Unapologetically earnest. . . brave and countercultural.---Joe Moran, Times Higher Education
I have read many critiques of liberalism, but none so original as Why We Are Restless.---Barton Swaim, Wall Street Journal
A powerful case that the invention of 'immanent contentment' in early modern France has everything to do with the infinite restlessness of the postmodern United States.---Delaney Thull, Fare Forward