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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,078 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Allan Bloom Narrator: Christopher Hur Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In one of the most important books of our time, Allan Bloom, a professor of social thought at the University of Chicago and a noted translator of Plato and Rousseau, argues that the social and political crisis of 20th-century America is really an intellectual crisis. Bloom cites everything from the universities' lack of purpose to the students' lack of learning, from the jargon of liberation to the supplanting of reason by so-called creativity. Furthermore, he shows how American democracy has unwittingly played host to vulgarized Continental ideas of nihilism and despair, of relativism disguised as tolerance, while demonstrating that the collective mind of the American university is closed to the very principles of spiritual heritage that gave rise to the university in the first place. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Benjamin | 2/11/2014

    " A book that was probably more resonant in it's time. Bloom has a lot of interesting critiques for the American society of the 80's (which in many ways have not changed, or intensified to his dislike), but the book seems to ramble at times, detracting from the message. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carlos Anderson | 2/5/2014

    " Even if you don't buy Bloom's ultimate message, his examinations of a wide variety of political and philosophical thought are worth the book's price alone. One chapter is pretty much a cogent summary of Locke's second treatise on government. His commentary on certain moments in history are also worthy reads.jjhik "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Doug May | 1/30/2014

    " One of the most influential books I ever read. A bit distressing in its indictment of modern academia nonetheless better to have your eyes and mind open than to stick them in the sand. This book is definitely a game changer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John Peebles | 1/25/2014

    " I need to go back and read this book. It was profound when I read it in the late 80's, on the way it attacked the US education system. I would like to see if it still stands up since the whole world has changed with the age of the Internet. "

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