The Age of American Unreason: Dumbing Down and the Future of Democracy

The Age of American Unreason: Dumbing Down and the Future of Democracy
Library Shelf Location 15.USJA
Publication Date 2008

Combining historical analysis with far-reaching contemporary observation, Susan Jacoby dissects a modern America at odds with its heritage of Enlightenment reason and with 21st century knowledge and science. With mordant wit, the author offers an unsparing indictment of the ways in which dumbness and junk thought have permeated throughout American society both on the political right and the left. Much of Jacoby s diagnosis of the ills of contemporary American culture is acutely relevant in the UK, but she also presents a fascinating and persuasive account of many aspects of American society that baffle British observers. Why, for instance, uniquely among western democracies, are Darwin's theories still controversial in the United States? What is driving the current resurgence of American Christian fundamentalism? Jacoby's witty, impassioned book is essential reading for anyone with a serious interest in the most powerful country in the world.

ISBN 9781905847662
Quantity 1
Pages 356 p. ; 24 cm.
Author Susan Jacoby
Format Hardback
Publisher Old Street Publishing Ltd, London
Category Contemporary Cultural Studies
Keywords Politics, Mass-media, Religions and religious concepts
Related Country/Global Region United States of America (USA)
Artist's Nationality American (USA)
Language English

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