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Blue Collar Intellectuals: When the Enlightened and the Everyman Elevated America

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Stupid is the new smart—but it wasn’t always so

Popular culture has divorced itself from the life of the mind. Who has time for great books or deep thought when there is Jersey Shore to watch, a txt 2 respond 2, and World of Warcraft to play?

At the same time, those who pursue the life of the mind have insulated themselves from popular culture. Speaking in insider jargon and
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Intercollegiate Studies Institute (first published October 17th 2011)
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Dec 27, 2013 James rated it really liked it
I have neither the patience nor the political wonkism to view C-SPAN on a regular basis, but I am a frequent viewer of their cultural programming called BOOKTV on CSPAN2 weekends. It was there that I saw Daniel J. Flynn lecture on the topic of his enlightening book, Blue Collar Intellectuals. Inspired, I acquired the book and was not disappointed with his stories of five intellectuals, outsiders with uncommon backgrounds, who reached out to "blue collar" people everywhere.
I first encountered one
Christopher Blosser
Jan 02, 2016 Christopher Blosser rated it liked it
Blue Collar Intellectuals offering chapter-length biographical profiles of public 'intellectuals' from the early 20th century: Will and Ariel Durant (popular historians), Mortimer J Adler (founder of the 'Great Books' programs), Milton Friedman (economist), Eric Hoffer (philosopher) and Ray Bradbury. Intended for a popular audience, I found it easily readable and engaging.

True to the title of the book, these "intellectuals" resided outside of the "ivory towers" of academia, came from humble soci
Robert Stump
Feb 20, 2012 Robert Stump rated it it was amazing
Homo Homini Lupus

One Book, Two Books, or Five?
Blue Collar Intellectuals: When the Enlightened and the Everyman Elevated America is primarily a book covering the intellectual history of America. It is also a criticism of the current state of affairs. While been both this and that it is also a collection of five biographical vignettes of the eponymous blue collar intellectual. That the book succeeds in being all these things without overwrought affectations and
Benjamin Wetmore
Sep 07, 2012 Benjamin Wetmore rated it really liked it
I was skeptical of the book's premise at first, but Flynn's writing is crisp, clean, and an entirely easy read. I read it in one sitting. The choices of authors and 'blue collar intellectuals' also, at first, seems odd. But in seeing the stories woven together and the anecdotes added by Flynn, it makes sense. This argument and extended idea becomes quite persuasive by the end of the book.

If there's any mild criticism, it might be that Flynn spends too little time, and offers too many generaliza
Bob Croft
Aug 18, 2016 Bob Croft rated it liked it
Thumbnail bios of Will & Ariel Durant, Mortimer Adler, Milton Friedman, Eric Hoffer, Ray Bradbury
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Aug 06, 2015 Bill Kulbicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Saw the author on book tv on c-span. Love bookTV. Found these short biographies of public intellectuals interesting and revealing. They all had low middle class backgrounds but rose to being respected and influential. Causes me to think where are their kind today? The author even brings into the biographies short synopsis of their work, not enough to say you know it but enough to prick your interest. Well done.
Nov 26, 2012 Marsmannix rated it really liked it
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Excellent introduction to three giants of the self-taught variety.
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