The age of American unreason

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New York : Pantheon Books, 2008.
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xx, 356 pages ; 25 cm.
Green Hills - Adult Non-Fiction
973.91 J179a
Combining historical analysis with contemporary observation, Susan Jacoby dissects a new American cultural phenomenon--one that is at odds with our heritage of Enlightenment reason and with modern, secular knowledge and science. With mordant wit, she surveys an anti-rationalist landscape extending from pop culture to a pseudo-intellectual universe of "junk thought." Disdain for logic and evidence defines a pervasive malaise fostered by the mass media, triumphalist religious fundamentalism, mediocre public education, a dearth of fair-minded public intellectuals on the right and the left, and, above all, a lazy and credulous public. Jacoby offers an unsparing indictment of the American addiction to infotainment--from television to the Web--and cites this toxic dependency as the major element distinguishing our current age of unreason from earlier outbreaks of American anti-intellectualism and anti-rationalism. With reading on the decline and scientific and historical illiteracy on the rise, an increasingly ignorant public square is dominated by debased media-driven language and received opinion. At this critical political juncture, nothing could be more important than recognizing the "overarching crisis of memory and knowledge" described in this impassioned, tough-minded book, which challenges Americans to face the painful truth about what the flights from reason has cost us as individuals and as a nation. From the Hardcover edition.
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Jacoby, S. (2008). The age of American unreason. New York: Pantheon Books.

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Jacoby, Susan, 1945-. 2008. The Age of American Unreason. New York: Pantheon Books.

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Jacoby, Susan, 1945-, The Age of American Unreason. New York: Pantheon Books, 2008.

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Jacoby, Susan. The Age of American Unreason. New York: Pantheon Books, 2008. Print.

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