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4.31 out of 54.31 out of 54.31 out of 54.31 out of 54.31 out of 5 4.31 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Louis Menand Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: HighBridge Company Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2003 ISBN:
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What was the real significance of William James's breakdown? Of the anti-Semitism in T.S. Eliot's writing? What's the connection between Larry Flynt's Hustler and Jerry Falwell's evangelism? Why doesn't Norman Mailer get Madonna? And who else but Louis Menand would describe former Vice President Al Gore as a holist, a post-postmodernist, and a goo-goo?

At each step in his latest journey through American culture history, Menand has an original point to make. Like The Metaphysical Club, American Studies (the second volume in a projected three-volume intellectual history of America) is game and detached, with a strong curiosity about the reasons ideas insinuate themselves into the culture at large. Menand explores the rise and fall of the TV network, the importance of Richard Wright, Pauline Kael, and Rolling Stone, and why we dropped the bomb. He lends an ear to Al Gore in the White House as the Starr Report is presented to the public. And he makes us look more closely at our world and ourselves. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 5/24/2013

    " Great analysis of Norman Mailer and William James. The chapter on Al Gore, written in 1998, is painful to read with 2010's perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 sunspot | 1/24/2013

    " Excellent. One of America's best writers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 3/25/2012

    " Even though I skipped the law bits: this cat can write! Even if I didn't care about tort reform, I liked how he walked us through his massive and obscure bibliography. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Chapman | 3/3/2012

    " Solid, accessible essays. Worth reading for the Rolling Stone creation myth alone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tuck | 6/22/2011

    " essays on pauline kael, oliver wendell holmes, al gore (via 2002? oh, it is just sickening), maya lin. very good writer and analysis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 4/30/2011

    " I listened to this book on several short trips. It is a series of essays about Americans who have made significant contributions to American culture. (Some good, some not so good). The analysis that the author takes is, In some cases, unique. Very thought provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 3/4/2011

    " This guy can WRITE. The collection was a little uneven, but the pieces that are strong carry it. I especially loved the piece on Al Gore and Rolling Stone/the 1960s. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 12/22/2010

    " I listened to this book on several short trips. It is a series of essays about Americans who have made significant contributions to American culture. (Some good, some not so good). The analysis that the author takes is, In some cases, unique. Very thought provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tuck | 8/26/2010

    " essays on pauline kael, oliver wendell holmes, al gore (via 2002? oh, it is just sickening), maya lin. very good writer and analysis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 8/5/2010

    " Solid, accessible essays. Worth reading for the Rolling Stone creation myth alone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 7/27/2010

    " Great analysis of Norman Mailer and William James. The chapter on Al Gore, written in 1998, is painful to read with 2010's perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 7/1/2009

    " Even though I skipped the law bits: this cat can write! Even if I didn't care about tort reform, I liked how he walked us through his massive and obscure bibliography. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis | 6/1/2007

    " Must read - 1
    Kept my attention - 3
    Meaningful - 3 "

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About the Author
Author Louis Menand

Louis Menand is most well known for The Metaphysical Club, a detailed history of American intellectual and philosophical life in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It received a Pulitzer Prize in history in 2002 and also received the 2002 Francis Parkman Prize. Menand is currently a staff writer for the New Yorker and a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books. He completed his undergraduate work at Pomona and received his PhD from Columbia University in 1980. Currently professor of English and American literature and language at Harvard, he lives between Beacon Hill, Massachusetts, and New York City.

About the Narrator

Ron McLarty is a veteran actor of television, film, and stage as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He has more than 100 television appearances to his credit, including as a series regular on Spencer for Hire and Law & Order. His film career began in 1977 with a performance in The Sentinel and continued with such films as The Postman, Flamingo Kid, and, most recently, How Do You Know? His stage credits include Broadway and other productions. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, earning eight Earphones Awards and recognition by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense in 2009 and 2010. He has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Awards and then won the award in 2001 for Best Mystery Narration. He is also an accomplished playwright and an acclaimed novelist.