English | 2021 | ISBN: 1138775037 | 215 pages | pdf | 3.22 MB
At each step of this journey through American cultural history, Louis Menand has an original point to make: he explains the real significance of William James's nervous breakdown, and of the anti-Semitism in T. S. Eliot's writing. He reveals the reasons for the remarkable commercial successes of William Shawn'sNew Yorker
and William Paley's CBS. He uncovers the connection between Larry Flynt'sHustler
and Jerry Falwell's evangelism, between the atom bomb and the Scholastic Aptitude Test. He locates the importance of Richard Wright, Norman Mailer, Pauline Kael, Christopher Lasch, andRolling Stone
magazine. And he lends an ear to Al Gore in the White House as the Starr Report is finally presented to the public.