The Victims' Revolution by Bruce Bawer
The Rise of Identity Studies and the Closing of the Liberal Mind

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The developments described by Mr. Bawer will not surprise readers familiar with the campus wars that broke out in the 1980s...Where the author's text shines is in explaining their root causes.
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Respected author, critic, and essayist Bruce Bawer—whose previous book, While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West from Within, was a New York Times bestseller and a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist—now offers a trenchant and sweeping critique of the sorry state of higher education since the campus revolutions of the late ’60s and early ’70s. In The Victims’ Revolution, Bawer incisively contends that the rise of identity-based college courses and disciplines (Women’s Studies, Black Studies, Gay Studies, etc.) forty years ago has resulted in an impoverishment of thought and widespread political confusion, while filling the brains of students with politically correct mush. Timely, controversial, and brilliantly argued, Bawer’s The Victims’ Revolution is necessary reading for students, educators, and anyone concerned about the contemporary crisis in academia—a serious and important work that stands with other essential books on the subject, like The Shadow University by Alan Kors, Illiberal Education by Dinesh D’Souza, and  Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind.
 

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A native New Yorker who has lived in Norway since 1999, Bruce Bawer has written several influential books on a range of issues. A Place at the Table: The Gay Individual in American Society (1993) was named by columnist Dale Carpenter as the most important non-fiction book about homosexuality published in the 1990s; Publishers Weekly called Stealing Jesus: How Fundamentalism Betrays Christianity (1997) “a must-read book for anyone concerned with the relationship of Christianity to contemporary American culture”; While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West from Within (2006) was a New York Times bestseller and a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; and Surrender: Appeasing Islam, Sacrificing Freedom (2009) was hailed by Booklist as “immensely important and urgent." He has also published several collections of literary and film criticism, including Diminishing Fictions and The Aspect of Eternity, and a collection of poetry, Coast to Coast, which was selected by the Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook as the best first book of poems published in 1993. He is a frequent contributor to such publications as The Hudson Review, City Journal, The American Scholar, Wilson Quarterly, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, and has reviewed books regularly for the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post Book World, and Wall Street Journal.
 
Published September 4, 2012 by Broadside e-books. 405 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Andrew Delbanco on Aug 23 2012

This deliberately intemperate book is a useful reminder that liberal education always faces threats from one kind of intolerance or another.

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Reviewed by SOHRAB AHMARI on Sep 05 2012

The developments described by Mr. Bawer will not surprise readers familiar with the campus wars that broke out in the 1980s...Where the author's text shines is in explaining their root causes.

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Reviewed by Donald F. Calbreath on Sep 04 2012

Bruce Bawer joins the fray with The Victims’ Revolution, exploring the ways identity studies have debased modern education. He focuses on four major areas: women’s studies, black studies, queer studies, and Chicano studies.

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