Anti-Intellectualism in American Life

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

In this award-winning classic work of consensus history, Richard Hofstadter, author of The Age of Reform, examines the role of social movements in the perception of intellect in American life. 

"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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User Review  - dcunning11235 - LibraryThing

This book seems in many parts, though published 50 years ago, to have been written yesterday. I'm not sure how to start summarizing it, so I won't try; I'll merely say that, having just finished it, it is going immediately into my "re-read" pile. Read full review

ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM IN AMERICAN LIFE

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Thanks to Columbia University's Richard Hofstadter we have at last a fresh, forceful, fluent look from "the nether end" at various aspects of anti-intellectualism in America, past and present, and ... Read full review

Contents

Antiintellectualism in Our Time
3
On the Unpopularity of Intellect
24
The Evangelical Spirit
55
Eoangelicalism and the Reoimlists
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 32 3
343
The Child and the World
359
CONCLUSION
369
The Intellectual Alienation and Conformity
393
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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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