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The Twilight of American Culture

The Twilight of American Culture

  • Author: Morris Berman
  • Publisher: Gerald Duckworth
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Corporations
  • Page: 208
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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--and corporate mass mind culture-- to date.

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.

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.

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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The Twilight of Common Dreams

The Twilight of Common Dreams

Why America Is Wracked by Culture Wars

  • Author: Todd Gitlin
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks
  • ISBN: 9780805040913
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 288
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About Time

About Time

Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang

  • Author: Adam Frank
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1439169616
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 432
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The Big Bang is all but dead, and we do not yet know what will replace it. Our universe’s “beginning” is at an end. What does this have to do with us here on Earth? Our lives are about to be dramatically shaken again—as altered as they were with the invention of the clock, the steam engine, the railroad, the radio and the Internet. In The End of the Beginning, Adam Frank explains how the texture of our lives changes along with our understanding of the universe’s origin. Since we awoke to self-consciousness fifty thousand years ago, our lived experience of time—from hunting and gathering to the development of agriculture to the industrial revolution to the invention of Outlook calendars—has been transformed and rebuilt many times. But the latest theories in cosmology— time with no beginning, parallel universes, eternal inflation—are about to send us in a new direction. Time is both our grandest and most intimate conception of the universe. Many books tell the story, recounting the progress of scientific cosmology. Frank tells the story of humanity’s deepest question— when and how did everything begin?—alongside the story of how human beings have experienced time. He looks at the way our engagement with the world— our inventions, our habits and more—has allowed us to discover the nature of the universe and how those discoveries, in turn, inform our daily experience. This astounding book will change the way we think about time and how it affects our lives.

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.

A Question of Values

A Question of Values

  • Author: Morris Berman
  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • ISBN: 9781453722886
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 240
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A Question of Values is Morris Berman's seventh book of cultural history and social criticism, and his first book of essays, which were written during 2007-10. Timely and uncompromising, they range across four principal topics: American culture and politics; the human existential condition; a close look at the nature of "progress"; and some thoughts on where Western civilization, in general, is headed. These articles pull no punches regarding our current situation, and represent some of Berman's finest writing to date. He challenges his readers to rethink the accepted mainstream system of values, and argues that in the end, our problems are as ethical in nature as they are political. In the context of a value system that is rapidly turning against us, Berman's message is simple: change or die.

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

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: 504
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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.