Anti-Intellectualism in American Life

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 4, 2012 - Social Science - 464 pages
Winner of the 1964 Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life is 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.

"As Mr. Hofstadter unfolds the fascinating story, it is no crude battle of eggheads and fatheads. It is a rich, complex, shifting picture of the life of the mind in a society dominated by the ideal of practical success." —Robert Peel in the Christian Science Monitor 
 

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After 50 years, Richard Hofstadter’s analysis of anti-intellectualism in America is not just a historical curiosity; it’s a vital work that continues to inform modern thought and policy. When we see ... Read full review

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The most interesting parts were in the historical observations. The fifth part on anti-intellectualism in education, particularly concerning the state of secondary education seemed irrelevant; at ... Read full review

Contents

Antiintellectualism in Our Time
3
On the Unpopularity of Intellect
24
The Evangelical Spirit
55
Evangelicalism and the Revivalists
81
The Revolt against Modernity
117
The Decline of the Gentleman
145
The Fate of the Reformer
172
The Rise of the Expert
197
SelfHelp and Spiritual Technology
253
Variations on a Theme
272
The School and the Teacher
299
The Road to Life Adjustment
323
The Child and the World
359
CONCLUSION
372
Alienation and Conformity
393
Copyright

Business and Intellect
233

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Born in 1916, Richard Hofstadter was one of the leading American historians and public intellectuals of the 20th century. His works include The Age of ReformAnti-intellectualism in American LifeSocial Darwinism in American Thought, 1860-1915The American Political Tradition, and others. He died in 1970.

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