The Age of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby

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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.


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About Susan Jacoby

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Susan Jacoby is the author of ten books, including Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism, The Age of American Unreason, and Alger Hiss and the Battle for History. She contributes to many newspapers and national magazines. She lives in New York City.
 
Published February 12, 2008 by Vintage. 384 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Anti-intellectualism is as American as—well, as anti-intellectualism, an ironic tradition that, writes Jacoby (Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism, 2004, etc.), allows the president to declare himself pro-education while admitting to not reading newspapers.

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There are few subjects more timely than the one tackled by Susan Jacoby in her new book, “The Age of American Unreason,” in which she asserts that “America is now ill with a powerful mutant strain of intertwined ignorance, anti-rationalism and anti-intellectualism.” Skip to next paragraph ...

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The book was originally published in February of 2008, but went back to press and has returned with an updated and revised “post-election edition.” The restructured edition features a new introduction and afterword, highlighting the impact of Barack Obama and John McCain’s oft-moronic election pr...

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But whether online or off, people are still reading, and the jury is still out on whether the Internet will cause people to read and write more or less, and on whether reading a newspaper is intrinsically "better," more mentally engaging, than reading a news blog.

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