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Bringing together for the first time the best of twenty-five years of unique critical work, Warren Susman takes us on a startling tour through the conflicts and events which have transformed the social, political, and cultural face of America in this century. Probing a rich panoply of images from the mass media and advertising, testing prevalent intellectual and economic theories, linking the revolutions in communications and technology to the rise of a new pantheon of popular heroes. Susman documents and analyzes the process through which the older, Puritan-republican, producer-capitalist culture has given way to the leisure-oriented, consumer society we now inhabit: the culture of abundance.

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Warren I. Susman was a professor of history and director of the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Culture at Rutgers University. He died in 1985.
Published October 17, 2012 by Pantheon. 321 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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A collection of 14 solid, workmanly papers (written over the last quarter-century) that doesn't quite open up the grand vistas promised in the substitle.

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