The Age of American Unreason (Google eBook)
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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: The Age of American UnreasonUser Review - Miri - Goodreads
I was SO close to giving this five stars. I learned a lot and laughed out loud at many points while reading it. However, Jacoby's knee-jerk and entirely unskeptical condemnation of everything from ... Read full review
Review: The Age of American UnreasonUser Review - Jesse - Goodreads
Irritating, and not even that good a screed. Jacoby's history of why people believe dumb things, or don't believe in reason, is pretty solid, but after the 60s chapter, which has a nice balance, it ... Read full review
Intellect and Ignorance
three Social Pseudoscience in the Morning
four Reds Pinkos Fellow Travelers
Youth Culture and Celebrity Culture
eight The New OldTime Religion
nine Junk Thought