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The Twilight of American Culture

The Twilight of American Culture

  • Author: Morris Berman
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 039307840X
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 224
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An emerging cult classic about America's cultural meltdown—and a surprising solution. A prophetic examination of Western decline, The Twilight of American Culture provides one of the most caustic and surprising portraits of American society to date. Whether examining the corruption at the heart of modern politics, the "Rambification" of popular entertainment, or the collapse of our school systems, Morris Berman suspects that there is little we can do as a society to arrest the onset of corporate Mass Mind culture. Citing writers as diverse as de Toqueville and DeLillo, he cogently argues that cultural preservation is a matter of individual conscience, and discusses how classical learning might triumph over political correctness with the rise of a "a new monastic individual"—a person who, much like the medieval monk, is willing to retreat from conventional society in order to preserve its literary and historical treasures. "Brilliantly observant, deeply thoughtful ....lucidly argued."—Christian Science Monitor

The Twilight of American Culture

The Twilight of American Culture

  • Author: Morris Berman
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 039332169X
  • Category: History
  • Page: 205
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Argues that the American Empire has now seen the passage of its most triumphant years and is rapidly approaching a period of increased social chaos in which cultural preservation will be a matter of individual conscience. Reprint.

The Twilight of American Culture

The Twilight of American Culture

  • Author: Morris Berman
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 9780393321692
  • Category: History
  • Page: 205
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Argues that the American Empire has now seen the passage of its most triumphant years and is rapidly approaching a period of increased social chaos in which cultural preservation will be a matter of individual conscience. Reprint.

The Twilight of Social Conservatism

The Twilight of Social Conservatism

American Culture Wars in the Obama Era

  • Author: John Dombrink
  • Publisher: NYU Press
  • ISBN: 0814771475
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 272
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Despite many Americans’ triumphant proclamations that Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 elections signified a post-partisan, post-racial society, it seems that the United States is more divided than ever. From the rise of the Tea Party, to strident anti-immigration and anti-welfare movements, to the so-called “war on women”, the United States on its surface appears to be caught in the turmoil of a culture war that has not relented since the Reagan era. But, as John Dombrink writes in The Twilight of Social Conservatism, the conservative backlash seen during Obama’s presidency is indicative not of a rising social conservative force in society, but of a waning one. Drawing on demographic research, political polls, contemporary media, and internet commentary, Dombrink demonstrates that the vitality of major social conservative ideas from the culture war era has faded. Support for once-divisive wedge issues, like same-sex marriage and reproductive rights, has increased dramatically, and Americans, particularly young Americans, are less religious and more libertarian than ever before. As he traces the end of the culture wars and the “unwedging” of American politics over the last eight years, Dombrink is quick to caution that social conservatism has not disappeared entirely from view. Nevertheless, the once-prominent “Moral Majority” pushing for dominance in American culture is now reconsidering itself as a minority, and Dombrink argues that it is unlikely that social conservative forces will ever regain the power and potency they once held in American politics. A comprehensive and insightful work, The Twilight of Social Conservatism deftly analyzes the liberalizing trends that created the social and political culture America has today and that portend to the culture America will have in years to come.

The Twilight of the American Enlightenment

The Twilight of the American Enlightenment

The 1950s and the Crisis of Liberal Belief

  • Author: George Marsden
  • Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)
  • ISBN: 0465030106
  • Category: History
  • Page: 264
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In the aftermath of World War II, the United States stood at a precipice. The forces of modernity unleashed by the war had led to astonishing advances in daily life, but technology and mass culture also threatened to erode the country’s traditional moral character. As award-winning historian George M. Marsden explains in The Twilight of the American Enlightenment, postwar Americans looked to the country’s secular, liberal elites for guidance in this precarious time, but these intellectuals proved unable to articulate a coherent common cause by which America could chart its course. Their failure lost them the faith of their constituents, paving the way for a Christian revival that offered America a firm new moral vision—one rooted in the Protestant values of the founders. A groundbreaking reappraisal of the country’s spiritual reawakening, The Twilight of the American Enlightenment shows how America found new purpose at the dawn of the Cold War.

Twilight of the Elites

Twilight of the Elites

America After Meritocracy

  • Author: Christopher Hayes
  • Publisher: Broadway Books
  • ISBN: 0307720462
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 292
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Analyzes scandals in high-profile institutions, from Wall Street and the Catholic Church to corporate America and Major League Baseball, while evaluating how an elite American meritocracy rose throughout the past half-century before succumbing to unprecedented levels of corruption and failure. 75,000 first printing.

White Lies

White Lies

Race and Uncertainty in the Twilight of American Religion

  • Author: Christopher M. Driscoll
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317435265
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 328
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White Lies considers African-American bodies as the site of cultural debates over a contested "white religion" in the United States. Rooting his analysis in the work of W.E.B. DuBois and James Baldwin, Christopher Driscoll traces the shifting definitions of "white religion" from the nineteenth century up to the death of Michael Brown and other racial controversies of the present day. He engages both modern philosophers and popular imagery to isolate the instabilities central to a "white religion," including the inadequacy of this framing concept as a way of describing and processing death. The book will be of interest to students and scholars interested in African-American Religion, philosophy and race, and Whiteness Studies.

The Twilight of Equality?

The Twilight of Equality?

Neoliberalism, Cultural Politics, and the Attack on Democracy

  • Author: Lisa Duggan
  • Publisher: Beacon Press
  • ISBN: 080709580X
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 136
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By now, we've all heard about the shocking redistribution of wealth that's occurred during the last thirty years, and particularly during the last decade. But economic changes like this don't occur in a vacuum; they're always linked to politics. The Twilight of Equality?searches out these links through an analysis of the politics of the 1990s, the decade when neoliberalism-free market economics-became gospel. After a brilliant historical examination of how racial and gender inequities were woven into the very theoretical underpinnings of the neoliberal model of the state, Duggan shows how these inequities play out today. In a series of political case studies, Duggan reveals how neoliberal goals have been pursued, demonstrating that progressive arguments that separate identity politics and economic policy, cultural politics and affairs of state, can only fail. Ultimately,The Twilight of Equality? not only reveals how the highly successful rhetorical maneuvers of neoliberalism have functioned but, more importantly, it shows a way to revitalize and unify progressive politics in the U.S. today.

Why America Failed

Why America Failed

The Roots of Imperial Decline

  • Author: Morris Berman
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 1118087968
  • Category: History
  • Page: 288
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Not Hollywood

Not Hollywood

Independent Film at the Twilight of the American Dream

  • Author: Sherry B. Ortner
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • ISBN: 0822399687
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 352
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The pioneering anthropologist Sherry B. Ortner combines her trademark ethnographic expertise with critical film interpretation to explore the independent film scene in New York and Los Angeles since the late 1980s. Not Hollywood is both a study of the lived experience of that scene and a critical examination of America as seen through the lenses of independent filmmakers. Based on interviews with scores of directors and producers, Ortner reveals the culture and practices of indie filmmaking, including the conviction of those involved that their films, unlike Hollywood movies, are "telling the truth" about American life. These films often illuminate the dark side of American society through narratives about the family, the economy, and politics in today's neoliberal era. Offering insightful interpretations of many of these films, Ortner argues that during the past three decades independent American cinema has functioned as a vital form of cultural critique.

Twilight of the American Century

Twilight of the American Century

  • Author: Andrew J. Bacevich
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Pess
  • ISBN: 0268104883
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 480
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Andrew Bacevich is a leading American public intellectual, writing in the fields of culture and politics with particular attention to war and America’s role in the world. Twilight of the American Century is a collection of his selected essays written since 9/11. In these essays, Bacevich critically examines the U.S. response to the events of September 2001, as they have played out in the years since, radically affecting the way Americans see themselves and their nation’s place in the world. Bacevich is the author of nearly a dozen books and contributes to a wide variety of publications, including Foreign Affairs, The Nation, Commonweal, Harper’s, and the London Review of Books. His op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal, among other newspapers. Prior to becoming an academic, he was a professional soldier. His experience as an Army officer informs his abiding concern regarding the misuse of American military power and the shortcomings of the U.S. military system. As a historian, he has tried to see the past differently, thereby making it usable to the present. Bacevich combines the perspective of a scholar with the background of a practitioner. His views defy neat categorization as either liberal or conservative. He belongs to no “school.” His voice and his views are distinctive, provocative, and refreshing. Those with a focus on political and cultural developments and who have a critical interest in America's role in the world will be keenly interested in this book.

Twilight of American Sanity

Twilight of American Sanity

A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump

  • Author: Allen Frances, M.D.
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 0062394525
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 336
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A landmark book, from “one of the world’s most prominent psychiatrists” (The Atlantic, June 2017): Eminent psychiatrist Allen Frances analyzes the national psyche, viewing the rise of Donald J. Trump as darkly symptomatic of a deeper societal distress. Equally challenging and profound, Twlilight of American Sanity makes sense of our time and charts the way forward. It is comforting to see President Donald Trump as a crazy man, a one-off, an exception—not a reflection on us or our democracy. But in ways I never anticipated, his rise was absolutely predictable and a mirror on our soul. … What does it say about us, that we elected someone so manifestly unfit and unprepared to determine mankind’s future? Trump is a symptom of a world in distress, not its sole cause. Blaming him for all our troubles misses the deeper, underlying societal sickness that made possible his unlikely ascent. Calling Trump crazy allows us to avoid confronting the craziness in our society—if we want to get sane, we must first gain insight about ourselves. Simply put: Trump isn’t crazy, but our society is. –from TWILIGHT OF AMERICAN SANITY More than three years in the making: the world's leading expert on psychiatric diagnosis, past leader of the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM (“the bible of psychology”), and author of the influential international bestseller on the medicalization of ordinary life, Saving Normal, draws upon his vast experience to deliver a powerful critique of modern American society’s collective slide away from sanity and offers an urgently needed prescription for reclaiming our bearings. Widely cited in recent months as the man who quite literally wrote the diagnostic criteria for narcissism, Allen Frances, M.D., has been at the center of the debate surrounding President Trump’s mental state—quoted in Evan Osnos’s May 2017 New Yorker article (“How Trump Could Get Fired”) and publishing a much-shared opinion letter in the New York Times (“An Eminent Psychiatrist Demurs on Trump’s Mental State”). Frances argues that Trump is "bad not mad"--that the real question to wrestle with is how we as a country could have chosen him as our leader. To answer this, Frances looks deeply at at the American past and present, in hope of Twilight of American Sanity is an essential work for understanding our national crisis.

Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire

Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire

  • Author: Morris Berman
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 0393078310
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 400
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In Dark Ages America, the pundit Morris Berman argues that the nation has entered a dangerous phase in its historical development from which there is no return. As the corporate-consumerist juggernaut that now defines the nation rolls on, the very factors that once propelled America to greatness—extreme individualism, territorial and economic expansion, and the pursuit of material wealth—are, paradoxically, the nails in our collective coffin. Within a few decades, Berman argues, the United States will be marginalized on the world stage, its hegemony replaced by China or the European Union. With the United States just one terrorist attack away from a police state, Berman's book is a controversial and illuminating look at our current society and its ills.

The Twilight War

The Twilight War

The Secret History of America's Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran

  • Author: David Crist
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • ISBN: 014312367X
  • Category: History
  • Page: 642
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Reveals the covert operations that have brought the United States and Iran to the brink of open war, including Iran's proposal for peace after 9/11, which was rejected by President Bush, and Iran's secret army in post-U.S. invasion Iraq.

The Twilight of the Intellectuals

The Twilight of the Intellectuals

Culture and Politics in the Era of the Cold War

  • Author: Hilton Kramer
  • Publisher: Ivan R Dee
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: History
  • Page: 363
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"In The Twilight of the Intellectuals, Mr. Kramer explores, in effect, the intellectual history of the cold war and its divisive impact on our politics and culture. His book is also necessarily about the consequences of the 1930s and the 1960s, two decades when the political left achieved its greatest influence." "The Twilight of the Intellectuals is part memoir, part reflection, part critical analysis. It is filled with incisive portraits of people and their ideas, and with the often peculiar details of the urgent intellectual debates that tore apart friendships, sundered movements and institutions, and made the life of the mind so important in a way we can scarcely appreciate today."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Wandering God

Wandering God

A Study in Nomadic Spirituality

  • Author: Morris Berman
  • Publisher: SUNY Press
  • ISBN: 0791493245
  • Category: PHILOSOPHY
  • Page: 364
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Presents an analysis of the "nomadic" consciousness of our ancestors, and the forces --religious and political --that overwhelmed it during the Neolithic era, and considers its revival in the twentieth century.

The Twilight of the Bombs

The Twilight of the Bombs

Recent Challenges, New Dangers, and the Prospects for a World Without Nuclear Weapons

  • Author: Richard Rhodes
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0307387410
  • Category: History
  • Page: 458
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The author offers a secret history of post-Cold War nuclear weapons, assesses the emerging threat of nuclear terrorism and the U.S.'s complicated relationships with rogue nations and explains what would make a post-nuclear world possible. By the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb.

Coming to Our Senses

Coming to Our Senses

  • Author: Morris Berman
  • Publisher: Echo Point Books & Media
  • ISBN: 9781626542921
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Page: 426
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An ambitious and provocative analysis of the relationship between culture, mind, and body in the history of Western society, Morris Berman s influential classic "Coming to our Senses" has been engrossing audiences with its carefully-researched and thoughtful exploration of somatic experience for decades. Finally back in print for a new generation of readers, Berman s treatise on the West s historic denial of physicality is relevant as ever in a society increasingly plagued by addiction, depression, and distraction. Berman deftly weaves threads of history, philosophy, and psychoanalysis into an elegant and accessible argument about the ways our physical experience of the world relates the culture in which we exist. To make his case, Berman draws on studies of infant behavior with mirrors; analyzes symbolic expressions of human-animal relationships ranging from cave-wall etchings to Disney cartoons; investigates esoteric breathing techniques and occult rituals; and examines the nature of creativity. Berman also illuminates Christianity s origins in early Jewish meditation techniques, explains how the notion of romantic love evolved out of medieval Christian heresy, how modern science grew out of Renaissance mysticism, and how Nazism was the most recent episode in a recurring cycle of orthodoxy and heresy. A demanding and radical work of history, social criticism, and philosophy, "Coming to our Senses" is a beautifully-written and vastly important book."

Beyond Freedom's Reach

Beyond Freedom's Reach

  • Author: Adam Rothman
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • ISBN: 0674425154
  • Category: History
  • Page: 279
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After Union forces captured New Orleans in 1862, Rose Herera’s owners fled to Havana, taking her three children with them. Adam Rothman tells the story of Herera’s quest to rescue her children from bondage after the war. As the kidnapping case made its way through the courts, it revealed the prospects and limits of justice during Reconstruction.