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The age of American unreason

Author: Susan Jacoby
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2008.
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From the Publisher: A cultural history of the last forty years, The Age of American Unreason focuses on the convergence of social forces-usually treated as separate entities-that has created a perfect storm of anti-rationalism. These include the upsurge of religious fundamentalism, with more political power today than ever before; the failure of public education to create an informed citizenry; and the triumph of  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Jacoby
ISBN: 9780375423741 0375423745
OCLC Number: 140101081
Description: xx, 356 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1: Way we live now: just us folks --
2: Way we lived then: intellect and ignorance in a young nation --
3: Social pseudoscience in the morning of America's culture wars --
4: Reds, pinkos, fellow travelers --
5: Middlebrow culture from noon to twilight --
6: Blaming it on the sixties --
7: Legacies: youth culture and celebrity culture --
8: New old-time religion --
9: Junk thought --
10: Culture of distraction --
11: Public life: defining dumbness downward --
Conclusion: Cultural conservation --
Notes --
Selected bibliography --
Acknowledgments --
Index.
Responsibility: Susan Jacoby.
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From the Publisher: A cultural history of the last forty years, The Age of American Unreason focuses on the convergence of social forces-usually treated as separate entities-that has created a perfect storm of anti-rationalism. These include the upsurge of religious fundamentalism, with more political power today than ever before; the failure of public education to create an informed citizenry; and the triumph of video over print culture. Sparing neither the right nor the left, Jacoby asserts that Americans today have embraced a universe of "junk thought" that makes almost no effort to separate fact from opinion.

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