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James Gilbert, Reviews in American History
[An] absorbing study.
New York Times Book Review
[An] intelligent and readable book.
Daniel Aaron, New Republic
A welcome scholarly reappraisal of a neglected chapter in America's impulse toward education and self-improvement.
|Ch. 1||Self, Culture, and Self-Culture in America||1|
|Ch. 2||The "Higher Journalism" Realigned: Stuart Pratt Sherman, Irita Van Doren, and Books||34|
|Ch. 3||Why Do You Disappoint Yourself?: The Early History of the Book-of-the-Month Club||93|
|Ch. 4||Classics and Commercials: John Erskine and "Great Books,"||148|
|Ch. 5||Merchant of Light: Will Durant and the Vogue of the "Outline,"||209|
|Ch. 6||Information, Please!: Book Programs on Commercial Radio||266|