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

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

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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.