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Author: Susan Jacoby
ISBN: 0375423745
Subcategory: Americas
Pages 384 pages
Publisher Pantheon; 1 edition (February 12, 2008)
Language English
Category: History
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eBook The Age of American Unreason download

by Susan Jacoby


Includes bibliographical references and index

Includes bibliographical references and index.

The Age of American Unreason 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, residential historian and author of The Great Deluge. This is one of the most eye-opening books I've read in a long time. Jacoby charts the intellectual and cultural currents that have characterized the United States since its founding and explains just how and why Americans have recently.

Susan Jacoby (/dʒəˈkoʊbi/; born June 4, 1945) is an American author. Her 2008 book about American, The Age of American Unreason, was a New York Times best seller. She is an atheist and a secularist. Jacoby graduated from Michigan State University in 1965. She lives in New York City and is program director of the New York branch of the Center for Inquiry.

In it, Jacoby alerted us to an America already sick with "a powerful mutant .

In it, Jacoby alerted us to an America already sick with "a powerful mutant strain of intertwined ignorance, anti-rationalism and. Now, a little more than ten years later, Donald Trump is the President of the United States, and-if the economy holds-may be elected for his second term. The first section of the book deals primarily with the nineteenth century and most specifically how the social Darwinists (with their early form of "junk thought") alienated the American public from intellectuals and the habit of critical thinking.

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In American Unreason Ms. Jacoby, the author of earlier books like Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism, proposes to anatomize this dismaying phenomenon, while situating it in historical context.

Combining historical analysis with contemporary observation, Susan Jacoby dissects a new American cultural phenomenon-one that is at odds with our heritage of Enlightenment reason and with modern, secular knowledge and science. With mordant wit, she surveys an anti-rationalist landscape extending from pop culture to a pseudo-intellectual universe of ''junk thought.

SUSAN JACOBY is the author of eleven previous books, including Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism and Strange Gods: A Secular History of Conversion

SUSAN JACOBY is the author of eleven previous books, including Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism and Strange Gods: A Secular History of Conversion. Her articles have appeared frequently in the op-ed pages of The New York Times and in forums that include The American Prospect, Dissent,and The Daily Beast. She lives in New York City. For more information, visit ww. usanjacoby. Библиографические данные. The Age of American Unreason. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2008.

SUSAN JACOBY is the author of eleven previous books, including Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism and .

SUSAN JACOBY is the author of eleven previous books, including Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism and Strange Gods: A Secular History of Conversion. Her articles have appeared frequently in the op-ed pages of The New York Times and in forum. ore about Susan Jacoby. The Age of American Unreason picks up where Richard Hofstadter left off.

NPR coverage of The Age of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more. An indictment of modern American culture examines the current disdain for logic and evidence fostered by the mass media, religious fundamentalism, poor public education, a lack of fair-minded intellectuals, and a lazy, credulous public. Read an excerpt of this book.

Combining historical analysis with contemporary observation, Susan Jacoby dissects a new American cultural phenomenon--one that is at odds with our heritage of Enlightenment reason and with modern, secular knowledge and science. With mordant wit, she surveys an anti-rationalist landscape extending from pop culture to a pseudo-intellectual universe of "junk thought." Disdain for logic and evidence defines a pervasive malaise fostered by the mass media, triumphalist religious fundamentalism, mediocre public education, a dearth of fair-minded public intellectuals on the right and the left, and, above all, a lazy and credulous public.Jacoby offers an unsparing indictment of the American addiction to infotainment--from television to the Web--and cites this toxic dependency as the major element distinguishing our current age of unreason from earlier outbreaks of American anti-intellectualism and anti-rationalism. With reading on the decline and scientific and historical illiteracy on the rise, an increasingly ignorant public square is dominated by debased media-driven language and received opinion.At this critical political juncture, nothing could be more important than recognizing the "overarching crisis of memory and knowledge" described in this impassioned, tough-minded book, which challenges Americans to face the painful truth about what the flights from reason has cost us as individuals and as a nation.
Hinewen
Susan Jacoby's smart & scathing study of American anti-intellectualism was starkly accurate when first published in 2009. The intervening years have only demonstrated & proven her thesis with dismaying urgency. If anything, the lack of actual knowledge in context, as well the lack of ability to assemble it into a larger, coherent whole, have both grown worse. Horribly worse. Beyond Theater of the Absurd worse. America is currently dominated by a mindset that deliberately & willfully rejects unassailable fact, education, complexity, science, art, and thought itself. Worse still, those of that mindset are angrily, sneeringly proud of their self-imposed ignorance. They seem to take pleasure in the tearing down of anyone & anything that even vaguely suggests the slightest hint of maturity & wisdom. And this is what they believe will somehow make our country "great" again?

Well -- if you haven't read this fine (if deeply unsettling) book yet, there's no better time for it. Jacoby is smart, witty, and passionate about the dead-end direction so many Americans are taking today. As for the complaints about her use of anecdotal evidence, this is as much cri de coeur as it is thoroughly researched study. It's meant to make you feel as well as think, and then think some more. Civilization can be a thin & fragile veneer, all too easily lost when not enough people uphold & defend it. Start here -- most highly recommended!
Silverbrew
This amazing intellectual history of the United States shows how we have always had intellectual and anti-intellectual forces combating to shape our society. FDR is presented as one of the few leaders capable of high ideals and the ability to communicate with the common man without condescension. Unfortunately, most intellectuals are incapable of treating those with less learning with understanding while most emotional believers are open to rational examination of their beliefs. I was particularly impressed with Mz. Jacoby’s presentation of the development of middlebrow culture after WW II. I did not get far in the book before I was tired of the term intellectual and I think that this is one of the most dreadful titles of any book I’ve ever read, but the book itself was a treasure. It was published in 2008 as “W” was finishing up his presidency. I would love to see what she would have to say about the past decade and the election of a failed reality TV host to the presidency.
Alister
When I look around today, I find people that for the most part do not read, spend most of their time in front of the television or the computer (Internet, specifically), have their ears plugged with an iPod, or have their faces buried in an iPhone, Blackberry, or some similar device. Who is a reader and has not experienced the disdain from at least some surrounding people that they must be a Luddite for resorting to such low- tech means of entertainment or information-gathering? They may question who has time to enjoy a novel or a piece of great literature from the past or present, fiction or nonfiction?

This book touches on that phenomenon, as well as many other subjects that relate to the dumbing down of our culture, including the rise of pseudoscience, the evolution vs creationism debates for science classes, the inequity of education because we have no national education standards as other modern countries do, and so many more subjects of historical interest.

Jacoby does hit the conservatives, even intellectuals, rather hard, but the careful reader will pick up the criticisms against the failures of the intellectual liberals, as well. She seems to have hope that with the realization of economic and foreign policy failures, perhaps a uniting of conservative and liberal intellectual effort can have a positive effect on the future of the nation as a whole.

Our anti-intellectual and anti-rational culture is even more surprising considering our country's roots with the Enlightenment, founded by strongly intellectual men. Even in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, people had a tendency to desire education and even listen to speakers they knew they would disagree with, because they were much more curious about different trains of thought, and were committed to inquiry much more than today.

Susan Jacoby does a great job with this volume, and I recommend it to all the frustrated so-called Luddites that are truly today's great thinkers.
Zulkigis
Along with Richard Hofstadter's book "Anti-Intellectualism in American Life", Susan Jacoby's updated book "The Age of American Unreason in a Culture of Lies" belongs on every citizen's bookshelf. Both blow away the cobwebs and lay out an excellent review of what we, as citizens, are facing during the current Trump era.
Exellent
Excellent. Made me think of why we have so much of a political problem-solving issues in this country. The people (voters) have a lot to answer for; i.e., they don't want to do the hard work of thinking. On the other hand, the media doesn't do anywhere near the job it should and far too many politicians are willing to trade on magical thinking rather than dealing with things as they are.
Ariurin
I think this book rings true and the issues we see today. I recommend this book.
Ffleg
This book is a must read by any American concerned about this country's ability to be competitive on the world stage. She outlines the historical blueprint that gave rise to the current growing tolerance of anti-intellectualism and irrationality. Ms Jacoby rightfully places the acceleration of this problem on the influential platforms of the internet; social media in particular. Now, just about anyone with a smart phone can become an "expert" on any given subject. Creating instances were there is a blurr between facts and fiction.