The Age of American Unreason

By Susan Jacoby
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9781400096381, 357pp.)

Publication Date: February 10, 2009

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A cultural history of the last forty years, The Age of American Unreason focuses on the convergence of social forces-usually treated as separate entities-that has created a perfect storm of anti-rationalism. These include the upsurge of religious fundamentalism, with more political power today than ever before; the failure of public education to create an informed citizenry; and the triumph of video over print culture. Sparing neither the right nor the left, Jacoby asserts that Americans today have embraced a universe of “junk thought” that makes almost no effort to separate fact from opinion.




About the Author
Susan Jacoby is the author of five books, including "Wild Justice", a Pulitzer Prize finalist. A contributor to "The Washington Post", "The New York Times", "Newsday", and "Vogue", she lives in New York City.
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