Blue Collar Intellectuals: When the Enlightened and the Everyman Elevated America
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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...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Intercollegiate Studies Institute (first published October 17th 2011)
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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...more
Robert Stump
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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...more
Benjamin Wetmore
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...more
Excellent introduction to three giants of the self-taught variety.
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