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Anti-Intellectualism in American Life (1963)

by Richard Hofstadter

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A magisterial survey of the notorious American aversion to intellect, reason, and rationality, written a half century ago. Hofstadter is still relevant today due in part not only to the depth of his research, but his compelling discussion of the seemingly unceasing battle between the fatheads and the eggheads in the United States. If you look at America now, shake your head and say to your self: "surely, things used to be better," this book will have your answer (the short answer? it's complicated, unfortunately). If, on the other hand, all that you read are children's books and 'celebrity' pablum, then you're just as much a part of the problem as the cretins and idiots who have been taught by schools not to read at all.

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  Bill_Bibliomane | Apr 29, 2016 |
An excellent history of intellectual life in the United States. Published in 1964 and more relevant today than it was then. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
This book seems in many parts, though published 50 years ago, to have been written yesterday. I'm not sure how to start summarizing it, so I won't try; I'll merely say that, having just finished it, it is going immediately into my "re-read" pile. ( )
  dcunning11235 | Nov 14, 2014 |
Raymond H. Muessig: The Phi Delta Kappan, Vol. 45, No. 2
http://www.jstor.org/stable/20343053

Arthur Bestor: The American Historical Review, Vol. 70, No. 4
http://www.jstor.org/stable/1846939

Rush Welter: The Journal of American History, Vol. 51, No. 3
http://www.jstor.org/stable/1894898

Stephen J. Whitfield: Change, Vol. 10, No. 4
http://www.jstor.org/stable/40177065

Ramsay Cook: International Journal, Vol. 19, No. 1
http://www.jstor.org/stable/40198709

David Riesman: American Sociological Review, Vol. 26, No. 6
http://www.jstor.org/stable/2090321

John Tracy Ellis: The Catholic Historical Review, Vol. 49, No. 4, Jan., 1964
http://www.jstor.org/stable/25017375

Merle Borrowman: History of Education Quarterly, Vol. 3, No. 4, Dec., 1963
http://www.jstor.org/stable/366952
  TriMosaic | Oct 9, 2014 |
An extremely thoughtful historical consideration of the role that intellectuals and anti-intellectualism have played in American life. Written in the early '60s, so there's a great deal more to consider-- but this is an invaluable study. ( )
  KatrinkaV | Apr 6, 2012 |
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A book which throws light on many features of the American character. Its concern is not merely to portray the scorners of intellect in American life, but to say something about what the intellectual is, and can be, as a force in a democratic society.… (more)

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