The Left at War

The Left at War

by Michael Berube, Colin Leys


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814799857
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 07/01/2011
Series: Cultural Front Series
Pages: 349
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Michael Bérubé is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature and Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Penn State University. In 2012, he served as the President of the Modern Language Association. He is the author of several books, including Employment of English:Theory, Jobs, and the Future of Literary Studies (NYU Press, 1997), The Left at War (NYU Press, 2009), What’s Liberal About the Liberal Arts?: Classroom Politics and “ Bias” in Higher Education (2006), and Life as We Know It: A Father, A Family, and an Exceptional Child (1996).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: On Time 1

1 Nowhere Left to Go 9

2 Root Causes 41

3 Iraq: The Hard Road to Debacle 97

4 Cultural Studies and Political Crisis 153

5 What Is This "Cultural" in Cultural Studies? 209

Conclusion: Equality and Freedom 249

Notes 255

Works Cited 293

Index 315

About the Author 341

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From the Publisher

“If Berube succeeds in making leftists, from center-left politicians like Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank all the way out to the most radical anarchists, ponder the question of violence seriously, he will have done an inestimable service. That he attempts to do just that makes The Left at War the most important book I have read in the past five years.”-John McGowan in Symploke,

"[E]ngaging and provocative. [Aims] to stimulate the Left through an injection of new ideas. To the extent that these ideas challenge what some see as core Leftist convictions, some on the Left - those who are content to stay the course and await the coming revolution - will not welcome them. But those who see the Left at a critical crossroads, who believe that its recent political failures have amplified the need for the Left to reinvent and revitalize itself, will certainly find these ideas worth consideration... [Berube has] done valuable work in clearing the way for a more intellectually innovative and politically effective Left."-Marx & Philosophy,

“The most important book I have read in the past fiver years.”

-John McGowan,

“Indefatigably clear-minded and relentlessly researched, Bérubé’s The Left at War offers an invaluable excavation of just what has gone wrong, and occasionally right, with the academic/intellectual left in America. Anyone concerned with its future will be relying on this work for many years to come.”

-Eric Alterman,author of Why We’re Liberals

“A rigorous, hard-hitting, and impressively detailed critique and account of the United States left during wartime—and at war with itself. It is far and away the most thoroughly reasoned and researched brief for a middle way between a predictably anti-imperialist left and a revoltingly hawkish liberalism, and in this it is immensely useful both as a guide to recent debates and as a sort of internationalist handbook. Rousing, engrossing, principled, and brave.”
-Eric Lott,author of The Disappearing Liberal Intellectual

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