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The age of American unreason in a culture of lies / Susan Jacoby.

Author/creator Jacoby, Susan, 1945-
Format Book and Print
EditionSecond Vintage Books edition, January 2018.
EditionNew updated edition.
Publication Info New York : Vintage Books, 2018.
Copyright Notice ©2018
Descriptionxxviii, 364 pages ; 25 cm
Subject(s)
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.
Abstract 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.
General note"Originally published in hardcover in slightly different form in the United States by Pantheon Books....in 2008"--Title page verso.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN9780525436522
ISBN0525436529 (paperback)

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