The Secret Knowledge by David Mamet
On the Dismantling of American Culture

47%

15 Critic Reviews

These are lessons that he abandoned for the roseate promises of the Left, which he has rediscovered in turning to the Right. It’s only too bad that his chronicle of this turnaround is so tragically, tragically bad.
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Synopsis

David Mamet has been a controversial, defining force in nearly every creative endeavor-now he turns his attention to politics.

In recent years, David Mamet realized that the so-called mainstream media outlets he relied on were irredeemably biased, peddling a hypocritical and deeply flawed worldview.

In 2008 Mamet wrote a hugely controversial op-ed for the Village Voice, "Why I Am No Longer a 'Brain-Dead Liberal'", in which he methodically attacked liberal beliefs, eviscerating them as efficiently as he did Method acting in his bestselling book True and False.

Now Mamet employs his trademark intellectual force and vigor to take on all the key political issues of our times, from religion to political correctness to global warming. The legendary playwright, author, director, and filmmaker pulls no punches in his art or in his politics. And as a former liberal who woke up, Mamet will win over an entirely new audience of others who have grown irate over America's current direction.
 

About David Mamet

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David Mamet was born in Chicago in 1947. He studied at Goddard College in Vermont and at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in New York. He has taught at Goddard College, the Yale Drama School, and New York University, and lectures at the Atlantic Theater Company, of which he is a founding member. He is the author of the acclaimed plays The Cryptogram, Oleanna, Speed-the-Plow, Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo, and Sexual Perversity in Chicago. He has also written screenplays for such films as House of Games and the Oscar-nominated The Verdict, as well as The Spanish Prisoner, The Winslow Boy, and Wag the Dog. His plays have won the Pulitzer Prize and the Obie Award.
 
Published June 2, 2011 by Sentinel. 257 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for The Secret Knowledge
All: 15 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 9

Kirkus

Good

...for liberals, something intended to ignite antagonism; for the like-minded, a buttress against the opposition.

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NY Times

Below average
on Jun 17 2011

This is an extraordinarily irritating book, written by one of those people who smugly believe that, having lost their faith, they must ipso facto have found their reason.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Apr 11 2011

...as an avenging apostate of liberalism, Mamet offers nothing new.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
on Jul 25 2011

The spirit that emerges through the erudite and candid chapters in The Secret Knowledge is one of patriotism. Mamet is clearly a writer of great skill and intellect, but the power in this book is its love...

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WSJ online

Good
on May 28 2011

...a sharp-tongued and heartfelt primer on modern American conservatism.

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Financial Times

Good
on Jun 06 2011

David Mamet is a writer of vast skill, his works among the highest achievements in contemporary drama.

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AV Club

Below average
on Jun 09 2011

The Secret Knowledge is a strange, depressing journey into a political conversion that somehow gets everything wrong.

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LA Times

Below average
on Jun 05 2011

What's most disturbing about "The Secret Knowledge" is that Mamet is a smart guy...Here, however, he continues in the shrill, strident vein that marked his 2006 book "The Wicked Son."

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Good

For the Right, it will serve as a manifesto for many dearly held beliefs, while those on the Left now have a new target to assail.

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The Daily Beast

Below average
on May 28 2011

Mamet, whose plays are most renowned for their dialogue, turns out to have little to add to the political conversation. Has he lost his mind?

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Macleans

Below average
on Jun 16 2011

Like the thinkers and personalities he’s discovered, the book seethes with rage against an amorphous enemy called “the Left.”

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Boston.com

Below average
on Jun 03 2011

The book’s greatest deficiency...is Mamet’s obliviousness to time and place.

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Prague Post

Below average
on Jul 13 2011

Ideology aside, even if one agrees with Mamet's conservative views, the quality of his writing in this book is indefensible.

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The Dagger

Good
on Dec 07 2011

A Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, he writes well, but he also lays out very simply and concretely the views held by the left in this country and then counterbalances them with his conservative thought...

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National Post arts

Below average
Reviewed by Randy Boyagoda on Jul 08 2011

These are lessons that he abandoned for the roseate promises of the Left, which he has rediscovered in turning to the Right. It’s only too bad that his chronicle of this turnaround is so tragically, tragically bad.

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