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The Age of American Unreason

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Not a Fun Read for the Close-Minded

Jacoby's book is a powerful look at the anti-intellectual current that seems to run through our society. As an individual who grew up in the deep South, right smack in the middle of the so-called Bible Belt, her sober look at the idol-worshiping of ignorance and anti-in...
Jacoby's book is a powerful look at the anti-intellectual current that seems to run through our society. As an individual who grew up in the deep South, right smack in the middle of the so-called Bible Belt, her sober look at the idol-worshiping of ignorance and anti-intellectualism, rang true to my own experience. There are many times during my youth when individuals actually boasted about their own ignorance. Jacoby's book for me was a self-affirming vision of my own struggles to climb beyond the close-mindedness of Christian fundamentalism to the freedom found in being able to realize that there are a number of things that I do not know. Jacoby's book is one of those I feel sure I will reread often to gather the bits of wisdom found in its pages.

posted by Booknut62 on July 12, 2009

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1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Save Your Money

Belaboring toxic rhetoric.

posted by Pj57 on October 1, 2010

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    Standard Left Dogma

    When you get down to the core, there isn't any.

    Same liberal dogma by those who helped create this mess of an economy.

    Wish my professors were still alive to see what damage thier policies have caused and how they'd view more the same in the Age of Unreason.

    1 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Save Your Money

    Belaboring toxic rhetoric.

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2009

    Biased Liberal "Junk Thought"

    This book is a put down of religiuos fundamentalism and conservatism and a promotion of left wing liberal dogma. The blurb on the back cover saying that Jacoby spares" niether the right nor the left" is false. How could anyone with any objectivity discuss "anti-rationalism" and "unreason" and "junk thought" over the "last forty years" and not discuss the irrationality of political correctness, except to say: "The right loves to pin the label of political correctness (meaning just about anything opposed to right wing values) on junk thought...". I guess what Jacoby is saying is that, in her opinion, being critical of political correctness is "junk thought", in which case political correctness is brilliant thought, (which is what irrational liberals like Jacoby believe). A true measure of Jacoby's biased agenda in writing this book is revealed by looking in the index, where "political correctness" has 3 page citations and "fundamentalist religion" and its subcatagories have 112 page citations. Don't waste your money on this book if you are a person looking for a balanced and objective analysis of the subject. matter.

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