Tenured Radicals, 3rd Edition: How Politics Has Corrupted Our Higher Education

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Since Tenured Radicals first appeared in 1990, it has achieved a stature as the leading critique of the ways in which the humanities are now taught and studied at American universities. Trenchant and witty, it lays bare the sham of what now passes for serious academic pursuit in too many circles. In this new edition, completely reset, Roger Kimball has brought the text up to date and has added a new Introduction. Those who have never read Tenured Radicals are in for a treat; others may find a second reading worth...

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Overview

Since Tenured Radicals first appeared in 1990, it has achieved a stature as the leading critique of the ways in which the humanities are now taught and studied at American universities. Trenchant and witty, it lays bare the sham of what now passes for serious academic pursuit in too many circles. In this new edition, completely reset, Roger Kimball has brought the text up to date and has added a new Introduction. Those who have never read Tenured Radicals are in for a treat; others may find a second reading worth their while. “Mr. Kimball names his enemies precisely…. This book will breed fistfights.”—Roger Rosenblatt, New York Times Book Review. “All persons serious about education should see it.”—Allan Bloom, author of The Closing of the American Mind. “Tenured Radicals is a withering critique.”—Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World. “A bravado performance of critical journalism…a vivid, up-to-the-minute account, alternately amusing and dismaying, of the takeover of the academy by ideology.”—Robert Alter, Newsday. “A stinging account…. The commonsense approach of Tenured Radicals provokes constant reflections and occasional laughter at the squirming victims.”—Roger Shattuck, author of The Banquet Years.

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Editorial Reviews

Newsday
A bravado performance of critical journalism...vivid, amusing, dismaying.
— Robert Alter
New York Times Book Review
Mr. Kimball names his enemies precisely...this book will breed fistfights.
The New York Times
Mr. Kimball names his enemies precisely...this book will breed fistfights.
Roger Shattuck
A stinging account...provokes constant reflection and occasional laughter.
Newsday - Robert Alter
A bravado performance of critical journalism...vivid, amusing, dismaying.
Allan Bloom
All persons serious about education should see it.
Washington Post Book World - Jonathan Yardley
A withering critique.
Washington Post Book World
A withering critique.
— Jonathan Yardley
Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization
A chilling portrait of the degradation of higher learning at even our most venerable colleges and universities ... the late Allan Bloom called the book a must read for anyone serious about the fate of higher learning in this country.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566637961
  • Publisher: Ivan R Dee
  • Publication date: 10/25/2008
  • Edition description: 3rd Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,490,670
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Kimball is managing editor of the New Criterion and an art critic for the London Spectator. His other books include Lives of the Mind, Experiments Against Reality, and The Long March. He lives in South Norwalk, Connecticut.

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Table of Contents

Reflections on Tenured Radicals, 2008

The Assault on the Canon 16

Speaking Against the Humanities 65

The October Syndrome 121

The Case of Paul de Man 149

Deconstruction Comes to Architecture 178

The New Sophistry 214

The Real Crisis in the Humanities 249

Postscript 181

Index 311

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  • Posted March 10, 2011

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    Academia Wasteland

    Truly, if the title of this review is anything, it is an understatement at how deplorable our school systems have become. I speak from experience. After more than 3 years in the colleges and universities, I see how contrary their ideologies are to what made America great, to the Holy Bible, and to humanity.

    Just a month ago I picked up Roger Kimball's book, and the things he expressed therein matched my experiences precisely. I wish someone had given me this book before I pursued Higher Education. As a homeschooled youth, entering college was my first step onto the scene of Public Education, and I've seen myself the ideologies Kimball warns against: Marxism, postmodernism, deconstruction, relativism, etc.--all of which are in these schools' curriculums and which have attacked the foundations of our nation, the USA.

    Kimball's book takes a very matter-of-fact stance. Though there is no specific religious stance he takes (like me with the Bible, for example), he does take the stance of a true American patriot desiring to preserve what our Founding Fathers had laid down in Western Culture.

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the true condition of our schools, and to any homeschoolers as a warning sign of what they will be facing as they enroll into the university.

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