Anti-Americanism: Irrational and Rational

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Overview

In its domestic manifestations anti-Americanism may be equated with alienation, or an embittered radical social criticism. Abroad it may take the form of nationalism, anti-capitalism, and protest against modernity. This volume examines the phenomenon within American society and aboard, especially among intellectuals.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Paul Hollander shows us that our own Intellectuals have made the Anti-American case worldwide and amply proves that Anti-Americanism Is one of our principal exports. A thoughtful and thorough study. I recommend it highly."

—Saul Bellow

"Careful, clear, and incisive; Hollander's analysis probes the meaning of America as fact and as symbol. Hollander's analysis of anti-Americanism illuminates the Intellectual history of our times. Read it and understand better how modern man is divided against himself."

—Jeanne Kirkpatrick

"Anti-Americanism documents in splendid fashion a period of unprecedented Intellectual arrogance and folly. It will have enduring value in the history of Ideas."

—Edward O. Wilson

"[Anti-Americanism] ought to be on the reference shelves of everyone who loves freedom and likes a good laugh."

—Paul Johnson, Sunday Telegraph

"Hollander is thoughtful and thorough... [he] avoids cheap shots— The result...Is something like an encyclopedia of received Ideas of...'middle class radicalism'— One of his appealing traits is an Intellectual honesty."

— Naomi Bllven, the New Yorker

"Mr. Hollander...demonstrates conclusively that a permanent adversarial culture exists In the U.S. and it will not quit being alienated... simply because the Communist alternative has collapsed."

—Morton Kondracke, New York Times, Book Review Section

"Paul Hollander's book Is Impressive and stimulating; It Is a sociologist's work but important for historians."

—Jacques Fortes, Journal of American History

"Professor Hollander deserves the highest praise for writing a book of great philosophical and psychological allusiveness without resort to any jargon whatsoever."

—Anthony Daniels, the Spectator

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560007746
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 585
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Hollander is professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and center associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. His books include Political Pilgrims, The Many Faces of Socialism, and Soviet and American Society: A Comparison.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Preface
Pt. I Institutional Settings
1 Introduction: The Persistence of the Radical Critiques 3
2 The Churches: New Voices of Social Protest 81
3 Higher Education: Reservoir of the Adversary Culture 146
4 The Mass Media: Popularizer of Social Criticism 215
Pt. II Results at Home
5 The Pilgrimage to Nicaragua 259
6 The Worldview of College Students 307
Pt. III Critiques Abroad
7 The Third World 333
8 Western Europe 367
9 Mexican and Canadian Intellectuals 411
10 Conclusions: Anti-Americanism, Decadence, and the Collapse of Communism 443
References 469
Index 505
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