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The age of American unreason

Author: Susan Jacoby
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Vintage books editionView all editions and formats
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Traces the current of anti-intellectualism from post-WWII to the present and argues that the nation's cult of unreason is both deadly and destructive.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Jacoby
ISBN: 9781400096381 1400096383
OCLC Number: 229028151
Notes: "Revised and updated"--Cover.
Description: xx, 357 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The way we live now : just us folks --
The way we lived then : intellect and ignorance in a young nation --
Social pseudoscience in the morning of America's culture wars --
Reds, pinkos, fellow travelers --
Middlebrow culture from noon to twilight --
Blaming it on the sixties --
Legacies : youth culture and celebrity culture --
The new old-time religion --
Junk thought --
The culture of distraction --
Public life : defining dumbness downward --
Conclusion: Cultural conservation --
Notes --
Selected bibliography --
Acknowledgments --
Index.
Responsibility: Susan Jacoby.

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Traces the current of anti-intellectualism from post-WWII to the present and argues that the nation's cult of unreason is both deadly and destructive.

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