In Defence of Elitism

In Defence of Elitism

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by William A. Henry
     
 

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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning culture critic  for Time magazine comes the  tremendously controversial, yet highly persuasive,  argument that our devotion to the largely  unexamined myth of egalitarianism lies at the heart of the  ongoing "dumbing of America."

Americans have always stubbornly

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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning culture critic  for Time magazine comes the  tremendously controversial, yet highly persuasive,  argument that our devotion to the largely  unexamined myth of egalitarianism lies at the heart of the  ongoing "dumbing of America."

Americans have always stubbornly clung to the  myth of egalitarianism, of the supremacy of the  individual average man. But here, at long last,  Pulitzer Prize-winning critic William A. Henry III  takes on, and debunks, some basic, fundamentally  ingrained ideas: that everyone is pretty much alike  (and should be); that self-fulfillment is more  imortant thant objective achievement; that everyone  has something significant to contribute; that all  cultures offer something equally worthwhile; that  a truly just society would automatically produce  equal success results across lines of race,  class, and gender; and that the common man is almost  always right. Henry makes clear, in a book full of  vivid examples and unflinching opinions, that  while these notions are seductively democratic they  are also hopelessly wrong.

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"A  passionate yet reasoned argument for the proposition  that some people simply contribute more to society  than others. It challenges head-on the  presumptions and platitudes of government, academia, and  even private industry." — The  Atlanta Journal Constitution.

"A wide-ranging, free-swinging commentary that will  raise the hackles of nearly everyone." —  New York Times.

"Bracing... eloquent testimony that what killed  liberalism in this country is a deeply misguided  egalitarianism." — The New York Times  Book Review.

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic Henry debunks ideas of inherent equality, arguing that not all achievements are the same. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385479431
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/1995
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,037,474
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.50(d)

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In Defence of Elitism 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is for anyone. You may not agree with it ideologically, but it should change the way you think. It will encourage you to be as intelligent as you can be. This book will improve your vocabulary if you look up the words you don't know, and for most there will be many. It is by no means an 'easy read'. But by the time you finish you will crave more books written on the same level. I strongly suggest reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderfully written expose of the growing trend of misguided egalitarianism in this country. While I disagree with some of his points on colonialism and education, his overall idea is frighteningly accurate. Every intelligent person in America should read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago