Our Culture, What's Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses

Our Culture, What's Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses

by Theodore Dalrymple
     
 

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This new collection of essays by the author of Life at the Bottom bears the unmistakable stamp of Theodore Dalrymple's bracingly clearsighted view of the human condition. In these pieces, Dr. Dalrymple ranges over literature and ideas, from Shakespeare to Marx, from the breakdown of Islam to the legalization of drugs. Here is a book that restores our faith in the… See more details below

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This new collection of essays by the author of Life at the Bottom bears the unmistakable stamp of Theodore Dalrymple's bracingly clearsighted view of the human condition. In these pieces, Dr. Dalrymple ranges over literature and ideas, from Shakespeare to Marx, from the breakdown of Islam to the legalization of drugs. Here is a book that restores our faith in the central importance of literature and criticism to our civilization. "Theodore Dalrymple is the best doctor-writer since William Carlos Williams."—Peggy Noonan. Includes "When Islam Breaks Down," named the best journal article of 2004 by David Brooks of the New York Times.

Editorial Reviews

Tampa Tribune
It's rare for someone to produce a work on social issues that is so readable.
— Kevin Walker
Town Hall
It's rare to find such a morally coherent, historically informed and human account as Our Culture, What's Left of It.
— Rev. Johannes L. Jacobse
Times Literary Supplement
The book is elegantly written, conscientiously argued, provocative and fiercely committed...measured polemics arouse disgust, shame and despair: they will shake many readers' views of their physical surroundings and cultural assumptions, and have an enriching power to improve the way that people think and act.
— Richard Davenport–Hines
Tulsa World
The sobering, fiery and ominous truth.
— Stanley Crouch
Wanderer
Dalrymple paints a chilling portrait of what is happening these days in France.
— James K. Fitzpatrick
Book Review Digest
Dalrymple writes a clear and considered prose that makes him formidable indeed.
— David Pryce–Jones
New York Sun
These bracing essays horrify, irritate, enlighten, amuse. They also stir you to remember, as Dalrymple puts it, what we have to lose.
— Roger Kimball
Arts and Letters Daily
The brutal, penetrating honesty of his thinking and the vividness of his prose make Theodore Dalrymple the George Orwell of our time.
— Denis Dutton, Editor
Christian Century
His gift for storytelling will keep readers turning pages.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Engrossing. Dalrymple is intelligent, witty, uncommonly perceptive about human affairs, and scathingly honest about human folly.
— Edward J. Sozanski
New York Times Book Review
Striking. Most collections of essays are lackluster affairs, but Dalrymple's is an exception.
— Jacob Heilbrunn
Courier–Journal
Penetrating analysis and literary eloquence make the book a worthy read for anyone concerned with the fate of civilization.
— Martin, Andrew
Antioch Review
The manner in which Dalrymple wields his critical scalpel fixes our attention…he makes no promise to fix our condition.
— Jay Martin
Seattle Times
Whether you find Dalrymple refreshing or infuriating will depend on your political point of view. Dalrymple calls them as he sees them, and there is not an ounce of political correctness in him.
— Bruce Ramsey
Brothersjudd.Com
Ridiculously prolific and a favorite of bloggers.... He's one of the very best social critics of our age.
Globe and Mail
A clear-eyed assessment of the human condition at the beginning of the 21st century.
— H. J. Kirchhoff
Newstatesman.Com
Dalrymple has acquired a following on the sarcastic right; if anything, the thoughtful left should be reading him."
— Geoffrey Wheatcroft
New York Daily News
Terrific.... Dalrymple is direct and his judgments are so true.
— Stanley Crouch
New Criterion
An unexpectedly moving illustration.
— Stefan Beck
Topeka Capital–Journal
[This book] depicts the crucial problems in western culture in beautifully rich prose.
— Schneider, Gregory L.
Society
Dalrymple is able to say things with an authority few have.
— Michael Platt
Salisbury Review
This highly intelligent and perceptive writer never hesitates to 'tell it like it is'.
— Angela Ellis-Jones
Independent
Read the words of a man who has been on the street...who brings a vast intelligence to his conclusions.
— Stanley Crouch
Charlotte Observer
Surgically incisive essays by a British psychiatrist who deserves to be considered the George Orwell of the right.
Post Chronicle
Another classic book...by Theodore Dalrymple.
— Thomas Sowell
The Christian Century
His gift for storytelling will keep readers turning pages.
Nationally Syndicated Columnist
Insightful....[Dalrymple is a] profound British social critic.
— Thomas Sowell
New York Times
Striking. Most collections of essays are lackluster affairs, but Dalrymple's is an exception.
— Jacob Heilbrunn
CourierJournal
Penetrating analysis and literary eloquence make the book a worthy read for anyone concerned with the fate of civilization.
— Martin, Andrew
Topeka CapitalJournal
[This book] depicts the crucial problems in western culture in beautifully rich prose.
— Schneider, Gregory L.
The New York Times
Striking. Most collections of essays are lackluster affairs, but Dalrymple's is an exception.
— Jacob Heilbrunn
The Seattle Times
Whether you find Dalrymple refreshing or infuriating will depend on your political point of view. Dalrymple calls them as he sees them, and there is not an ounce of political correctness in him.
— Bruce Ramsey
Brothersjudd.com
Ridiculously prolific and a favorite of bloggers.... He's one of the very best social critics of our age.
Globe & Mail
A clear-eyed assessment of the human condition at the beginning of the 21st century.
— H. J. Kirchhoff
The New Criterion
An unexpectedly moving illustration.
— Stefan Beck
Topeka Capital-Journal
[This book] depicts the crucial problems in western culture in beautifully rich prose.
— Gregory L. Schneider
Courier-Journal
Penetrating analysis and literary eloquence make the book a worthy read for anyone concerned with the fate of civilization.
— Andrew Martin
Newstatesman.com
Dalrymple has acquired a following on the sarcastic right; if anything, the thoughtful left should be reading him.
— Geoffrey Wheatcroft
Book Review Digest - David Pryce–Jones
Dalrymple writes a clear and considered prose that makes him formidable indeed.
New York Sun - Paul Hollander
Theodore Dalrymple has succeeded (once more) in publishing a book that is both thoughtful and absorbing.
Arts and Letters Daily - Denis Dutton
The brutal, penetrating honesty of his thinking and the vividness of his prose make Theodore Dalrymple the George Orwell of our time.
Peggy Noonan
Theodore Dalrymple is the best doctor-writer since William Carlos Williams.
Norman Stone
There is so much learning and unconventional wisdom in it that you want to make the reading last.
Roger Kimball
These bracing essays horrify, irritate, enlighten, amuse. They also stir you to remember, as Dalrymple puts it, what we have to lose.
Philadelphia Inquirer - Edward J. Sozanski
Engrossing. Dalrymple is intelligent, witty, uncommonly perceptive about human affairs, and scathingly honest about human folly.
Tampa Tribune - Kevin Walker
It's rare for someone to produce a work on social issues that is so readable.
Nationally Syndicated Columnist - Thomas Sowell
Another classic book...by Theodore Dalrymple.
The New York Times - Jacob Heilbrunn
Striking. Most collections of essays are lackluster affairs, but Dalrymple's is an exception.
Courier–Journal - Andrew Martin
Penetrating analysis and literary eloquence make the book a worthy read for anyone concerned with the fate of civilization.
Antioch Review - Jay Martin
The manner in which Dalrymple wields his critical scalpel fixes our attention…he makes no promise to fix our condition.
Town Hall - Rev. Johannes L. Jacobse
It's rare to find such a morally coherent, historically informed and human account as Our Culture, What's Left of It.
The Seattle Times - Bruce Ramsey
Whether you find Dalrymple refreshing or infuriating will depend on your political point of view. Dalrymple calls them as he sees them, and there is not an ounce of political correctness in him.
Times Literary Supplement - Richard Davenport–Hines
The book is elegantly written, conscientiously argued, provocative and fiercely committed...measured polemics arouse disgust, shame and despair: they will shake many readers' views of their physical surroundings and cultural assumptions, and have an enriching power to improve the way that people think and act.
Globe and Mail - Randy Boyagoda
Theodore Dalrymple makes a devastating diagnosis of liberalism's recent ills.
Newstatesman.Com - Geoffrey Wheatcroft
Dalrymple has acquired a following on the sarcastic right; if anything, the thoughtful left should be reading him."
New York Daily News - Stanley Crouch
Read the words of a man who has been on the street...who brings a vast intelligence to his conclusions.
The New Criterion - Stefan Beck
An unexpectedly moving illustration.
Topeka Capital–Journal - Gregory L. Schneider
[This book] depicts the crucial problems in western culture in beautifully rich prose.
Society - Michael Platt
Dalrymple is able to say things with an authority few have.
Salisbury Review - Angela Ellis-Jones
This highly intelligent and perceptive writer never hesitates to 'tell it like it is'.
Globe and Mail - H. J. Kirchhoff
A clear-eyed assessment of the human condition at the beginning of the 21st century.
Wanderer - James K. Fitzpatrick
Dalrymple paints a chilling portrait of what is happening these days in France.
Brothers Judd
Ridiculously prolific and a favorite of bloggers.... He's one of the very best social critics of our age.
Stefan Beck
An unexpectedly moving illustration.
The New Criterion
Edward J. Sozanski
Intelligent, uncommonly perceptive of human affairs and scathingly honest about human folly.
Star Journal
Randy Boyagoda
"Theodore Dalrymple makes a devastating diagnosis."
Globe and Mail
Kevin Walker
"It's rare for someone to produce a work on social issues that is so readable."
Tampa Tribune
Thomas Sowell
"Chilling."
Nationally Syndicated Columnist
Jacob Heilbrunn
"Striking. Most collections of essays are lackluster affairs, but Dalrymple's is an exception."
The New York Times Book Review
Jay Martin
"The manner in which Dalrymple wields his critical scalpel fixes our attention...he makes no promise to fix our condition."
Antioch Review
Denis Dutton
The brutal, penetrating honesty of his thinking and the vividness of his prose make Theodore Dalrymple the George Orwell of our time.
editor Arts & Letters Daily
Bruce Ramsey
"Dalrymple calls them as he sees them, and there is not an ounce of political correctness in him."
Seattle Times
Library Journal
Physician/essayist Dalrymple may describe himself as "an ordinary and respectable son of the English middle classes, with a proper profession," but there is nothing ordinary about him. He has practiced medicine in the far-flung corners of the world and, most recently, among the British underclass. In his latest collection (after Life at the Bottom), he once again proves that he is an astute observer of life: in "The Frivolity of Evil," for example, he notes the replacement of the word unhappy with the word depressed by people who want their too willing doctors to prescribe medication. Divided under the headings "Arts and Letters" and "Society and Politics," the essays also deal with literature, history, and current events; Shakespeare, Virginia Woolf, Stefan Zweig, Karl Marx, Fidel Castro, and Marilyn Manson are among those who dance across the pages. It is Dalrymple's moral courage, however, that shines through the most-not to mention his ability to ask why and how something happened (e.g., the extreme vulgarity of some British art). He even, heaven help him, has the temerity to suggest what one might do to remedy society's evils. Compelling reading; highly recommended for all libraries.-Ellen D. Gilbert, Princeton, NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566637213
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Pages:
356
Sales rank:
637,330
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.89(h) x 1.01(d)

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Richard Davenport-Hines
"Urgent, important, almost an essential book."
Times Literary Supplement
Johannes L. Jacobse
"It's rare to find such a morally coherent, historically informed and human account as Our Culture, What's Left of It."
Rev., Town Hall
Peggy Noonan
Theodore Dalrymple is the best doctor-writer since William Carlos Williams.
Roger Kimball
"Theodore Dalrymple is the Edmund Burke of our age.... Our Culture, What's Left of It is not simply an important book, it is a necessary one."
Paul Hollander
"Dalrymple has succeeded (once more) in publishing a book that is both thoughtful and absorbing."
New York Sun
Geoffrey Wheatcroft
"Dalrymple has acquired a following on the sarcastic right; if anything, the thoughtful left should be reading him."
NewStatesman.com
Andrew Martin
"Penetrating analysis and literary eloquence make the book a worthy read for anyone concerned with the fate of civilization. "
Courier-Journal
Norman Stone
"...There is so much learning and unconventional wisdom in it that you want to make the reading last."
Randy Boyagoda
"Theodore Dalrymple makes a devastating diagnosis of liberalism's recent ills."
Globe and Mail
Brothersjudd.com
"Ridiculously prolific and a favorite of bloggers.... He’s one of the very best social critics of our age."

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