Anti-intellectualism in American Life, Volume 713

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Knopf, 1963 - History - 434 pages
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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.

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Enjoyed the author's broad overview & perspective. - Goodreads
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This book is a rich overview of the historical trends of intellectual thought in the United States since its conception. Hofstadter explores the evolution of philosophical thinking in the United ... Read full review

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I picked up this book by Richard Hofstadter because I was sick of reading about him in other books without ever having read him myself. After reading “Anti-Intellectualism in American Life” I see why ... Read full review

Contents

Antiintellectualism in Our Time
3
On the Unpopularity of Intellect
24
THE RELIGION OF THE HEART
53
Copyright

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About the author (1963)

DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University from 1959 until the time of his death, Richard Hofstadter was one of the most influential historians in post--World War II America. His political, social, and intellectual histories raised serious questions about assumptions that had long been taken for granted and cast the American experience in an interesting new light. His 1948 work, The American Political Tradition, is an enduring classic study in political history. His 1955 work, The Age of Reform, which still commands respect among both historians and general readers, won him that year's Pulitzer Prize. A measure of Hofstadter's standing in literary and scholarly circles is the honors he received in 1964 for Anti-Intellectualism in American Life (1963)---Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize of Phi Beta Kappa, and the Sidney Hillman Prize Award. Hofstadter's greatest talent, however, may have been his ability to order complex events and issues and to synthesize from them a rational, constructively critical perspective on American history.

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