The Twilight of the Intellectuals by Hilton Kramer
Culture and Politics in the Era of the Cold War

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In these provocative and engaging writings, Mr. Kramer explores, in effect, the intellectual history of the cold war and its divisive impact on our politics and culture. Tracing the critical debate over communism and modernism, he surveys the writers who were in the forefront of that debate and the issues that animated their criticism and controversies. An honest, unsparing, and often devastating analysis. —Kirkus Reviews
 

About Hilton Kramer

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Hilton Kramer (1928-2012) was co-editor and publisher of "The New Criterion". He has been an editor of "Arts Magazine" and an art critic for "The Nation" and "The New York Times". Some of his most recent writings include "The Triumph of Modernism" and "The Twilight of the Intellectuals: Culture and Politics in the Era of the Cold War".
 
Published February 9, 1999 by Ivan R. Dee. 384 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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fought on the side of the political enemy.” The evidence is presented in a series of essays written over the last 25 years, mostly dealing with individuals, of whom the Americans cause him the greatest anguish: those, for example, who condemned Whittaker Chambers, who at great personal cost revea...

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fter hard service in more recent culture wars, Hilton Kramer turns in his new collection of essays to New York and the cold war years -- to Alger Hiss and Whittaker Chambers, Lillian Hellman and Mary McCarthy, Irving Howe, Philip Rahv, Partisan Review and The New Republic.

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There are thoughtful and revealing essays on two major art critics, Kramer's mentor Clement Greenberg and Meyer Schapiro, and on the mysterious Whittaker Chambers (whose now largely forgotten Witness Kramer describes as ""one of the best books ever written about the Communist experience in Americ...

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Boston Review

But nothing in The Twilight of the Intellectuals suggests that Kramer knows enough about history or political economy to make his contemptuous dismissal of all such views more than bluster and impertinence.

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