Distortion of America: Second Edition / Edition 2

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1995-01-01 Hardcover 2nd Expanded ed. New in new dust jacket. New, In new dust jacket. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 232 p.

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Overview

Oscar Handlin is best known as America's leading historian of ethnicity and the immigrant experience in the new nation. In 1961 he produced what was perhaps the first critique of anti-Americanism as an ideological expression of Marxism-Leninismin the schools of higher learning. In his new opening essay to this second edition, he both tells how he was able to perceive the cancer of communist ideology early, and why this new edition is needed now.

The Distortion of America is a handbook on avoiding error, a methodological primer on how historians gather evidence, presume witnesses to be reliable or not, and develop forms of verification in the conduct of analysis and research. As such this work is an introduction to the study of history, as well as an examination of specific instances of ideology and mindless passion as ruinous ways to look at America.

Handlin shows how social history kept his vision close to the experiences of ordinary people, whose heritage of freedom and dedication to individual liberty was the necessary antidote to academic exaggeration. Six additional chapters supplement those gathered in the earlier collection. Two written in the 1950s describe the forces that later created the economic strength of the United States, while a third treats the problem of race which long contributed to the distortions of America. An account of Yugoslavia before its collapse describes the class divisions responsible for present troubles. By contrast, no inkling of the tensions that would erupt in bloody civil war caught the attention of hundreds of journalists who crowded Sarajevo in 1984. A brief article shows the relevance to China of democracy in the United States. The final new entry is a memorable piece on how the career of Arthur Koestler exemplifies the difficulties of the ex-communist in an unsympathetic environment.

These essays illustrate Handlin's working philosophy: "the study of the human past persuades me that, despite the frequent risks of failure, man has the capacity to make order an find purpose in the world in which he lives when he uses the power of his reason to do so."

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Expanded edition of historian Handlin's 1961 critique of anti- Americanism as an ideological expression of Marxism-Leninism in academia. Handlin's smugness (e.g. "...innate reticence kept me quiet unless I knew about what I spoke.") and his fundamental project of abusing history to settle intellectual and political scores undermines whatever explanatory power his analysis might otherwise have had. Six additional chapters supplement those gathered in the earlier collection. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560002376
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Edition description: Expanded
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Oscar Handlin was director of the Center for the History of Liberty in America at Harvard University. He is the author of numerous works which have become classics: The Wealth of the American People, The Newcomers, Negroes and Puerto Ricans in a Changing Metropolis, Children of the Uprooted, The American College and American Culture, The Uprooted, Race and Nationality in American Life, and The Distortion of America (available from Transaction).

Oscar Handlin was director of the Center for the History of Liberty in America at Harvard University. He is the author of numerous works which have become classics: The Wealth of the American People, The Newcomers, Negroes and Puerto Ricans in a Changing Metropolis, Children of the Uprooted, The American College and American Culture, The Uprooted, Race and Nationality in American Life, and The Distortion of America (available from Transaction).

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Preface
1 From Dream to Nightmare 1
2 One World 20
3 The Failure of Communism - and What It Meant 40
4 The Gullibility of the Neutrals 59
5 A Note on Legality 83
6 Vietnam 92
7 Loss of Will 120
8 Democracy and the Intellectuals 136
9 Payroll Prosperity 153
10 Second Chance for the South 167
11 The Goals of Integration 180
12 Worlds Apart 205
13 The Worlds of Arthur Koestler 217
14 Reflections on Tiananmen 228
Acknowledgments 231
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