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The Age of American Unreason: Revised and Updated

 
 
Author
Susan Jacoby.
Publisher Vintage  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.95 x 5.1 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9781400096381
Pages/Publication Date 357/2009
Daedalus Item Code 70292
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In this cultural history of the past four decades, journalist Susan Jacoby focuses on a convergence of social forces that has created a perfect storm of anti-rationalism, including 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.

"Picks up where Richard Hofstadter left off. With analytic verve and deep historical knowledge, Susan Jacoby documents the dumbing down of our culture like a maestro. Make no mistake about it, this is an important book."—Douglas Brinkley

"Inspired by Richard Hofstadter's trenchant 1963 cultural analysis Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, Jacoby has produced an engaging, updated and meticulously thought-out continuation of her academic idol's research. Dismayed by the average U.S. citizen's political and social apathy and the overall crisis of memory and knowledge involving everything about the way we learn and think, Jacoby passionately argues that the nation's current cult of unreason has deadly and destructive consequences (the war in Iraq, for one) and traces the seeds of current anti-intellectualism (and its partner in crime, anti-rationalism) back to post–WWII society. Unafraid of pointing fingers, she singles out mass media and the resurgence of fundamentalist religion as the primary vectors of anti-intellectualism, while also having harsh words for pseudoscientists. Through historical research, Jacoby breaks down popular beliefs that the 1950s were a cultural wasteland and the 1960s were solely a breeding ground for liberals.... An erudite mix of personal anecdotes, cultural history and social commentary to decry America's retreat into junk thought."—Publishers Weekly

 
 
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