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American Studies

American Studies - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0374529000

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ISBN13: 978-0374529000
ISBN10: 0374529000
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Inc.
Published: 2002
International: No

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American Studies - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0374529000

Louis Menand

ISBN13: 978-0374529000
ISBN10: 0374529000
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Inc.

Published: 2002
International: No
Summary

At each step of this journey through American cultural history, Louis Menand has an original point to make: he explains the real significance of William James's nervous breakdown, and of the anti-Semitism in T. S. Eliot's writing. He reveals the reasons for the remarkable commercial successes of William Shawn's New Yorker and William Paley's CBS. He uncovers the connection between Larry Flynt's Hustler and Jerry Falwell's evangelism, between the atom bomb and the Scholastic Aptitude Test. He locates the importance of Richard Wright, Norman Mailer, Pauline Kael, Christopher Lasch, and Rolling Stone magazine. And he lends an ear to Al Gore in the White House as the Starr Report is finally presented to the public.

Like his critically acclaimed bestseller, The Metaphysical Club, American Studies is intellectual and cultural history at its best: game and detached, with a strong curiosity about the political underpinnings of ideas and about the reasons successful ideas insinuate themselves into the culture at large. From one of our leading thinkers and critics, known both for his "sly wit and reportorial high-jinks and clarity and rigor" (The Nation), these essays are incisive, surprising, and impossible to put down.

Table of Contents

Preface

William James and the Case of Epileptic Patient

The Principles of Oliver Wendell Holmes

T.S. Eliot and the Jews

Richard Wright: the Hammer and the Nail

The Long Shadow of James B. Conant

The Last Emperor: William S. Paley

A Friend Writes: The Old New Yorker

Norman Mailer in His Time

Life in the Stone Age

The Popist: Pauline Kael

Christopher Lasch's Quarrel with Liberalism

Lust in Action: Jerry Falwell and Larry Flynt

Laurie Anderson's United States

The Mind of Al Gore

The Reluctant Memorialist: Maya Lin

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