The Twilight of American Culture

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jun 17, 2001 - History - 205 pages
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An emerging cult classic about America's cultural meltdown—and a surprising solution.

A prophetic examination of Western decline, The Twilight of American Culture provides one of the most caustic and surprising portraits of American society to date. Whether examining the corruption at the heart of modern politics, the "Rambification" of popular entertainment, or the collapse of our school systems, Morris Berman suspects that there is little we can do as a society to arrest the onset of corporate Mass Mind culture. Citing writers as diverse as de Toqueville and DeLillo, he cogently argues that cultural preservation is a matter of individual conscience, and discusses how classical learning might triumph over political correctness with the rise of a "a new monastic individual"—a person who, much like the medieval monk, is willing to retreat from conventional society in order to preserve its literary and historical treasures. "Brilliantly observant, deeply thoughtful ....lucidly argued."—Christian Science Monitor

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Review: The Twilight of American Culture (Decline of the American Empire #1)

User Review  - Abner Rosenweig - Goodreads

"Twilight" inspires even in its dour forecast for America. In a compelling bricolage of literary and social criticism, Berman lucidly articulates how the nation is systemically and dangerously off ... Read full review

Review: The Twilight of American Culture (Decline of the American Empire #1)

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Excellent book that totally predicts what has happened to our Society Read full review


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Morris Berman is a cultural historian and the author of The Twilight of American Culture. He has held a number of university appointments, most recently as Visiting Professor of Sociology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

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