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One Nation, Two Cultures: A Searching Examination of American Society in the Aftermath of Our Cultural Rev olution

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From one of today's most respected historians and cultural critics comes a new book examining the gulf in American society--a division that cuts across class, racial, ethnic, political and sexual lines.

One side originated in the tradition of republican virtue, the other in the counterculture of the late 1960s. Himmelfarb argues that, while the latter generated the dominan
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 30th 2001 by Vintage (first published November 1999)
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Reid
Sep 03, 2016 Reid rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a cultural artifact, One Nation, Two Cultures is fascinating. Written in 1999 with an afterword for this edition from 2001, it is a manifesto for conservative culture in the United States. Of course, anyone attempting to predict the course of human events is on a fool's errand (and she admits as much), but it seems to me that Himmelfarb was particularly gullible in her belief that the currents she perceived at the turn of the century were a harbinger of what was to come.

But her lack of presci
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Matt Poland
Came across this book at a local used bookstore and decided to give it a go. Overall I am glad I did. I thought the book presented some interesting discussion on American culture, our value system, morality, and the gaps therein between traditional systems and emerging progressive/liberal movements. There was also a great section on capitalism, and free markets and some of the unintended results of those systems. The book explores the roles of government, families, and various social institution ...more
John Grange
May 10, 2015 John Grange rated it it was ok
This book was a decent exposition on American culture and the society wide normative conflict that's existed post 1960's cultural revolution. Mrs. Himmelfarb certainly exudes some conservative get-off-my-lawn sensibilities but one can't help but acknowledge, after reading her narative, that moral decay is indeed detrimental to civil society. However she really only touches on a single perspective - hers - and fails to comprehensively address the consequences of religiosity, negative and positive ...more
Evan
Jun 12, 2014 Evan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book exceptionally clear, dispassionate, yet principled. Of course, she is a noted conservative cultural commentator, but her prose does not come off snarky or rhetorical. Her arguments are cogent and well documented, and do not simply let conservatives off the hook. She argues that conservatives need to set forth a more positive view of government, to not attempt to "illegitimize legitimate government". Leveled at liberal secular elitism, she argues for a more robust civil society ...more
Robert Holm
This is a conservative perspective on the culture wars in America in the 1990s, from a respected historian on the Victorian era (Himmelfarb was also the wife of Irving Kristol, the "godfather" of neoconservatism). I certainly agree that there has been and continues to be a "moral decay" in society (and not just in America) since the radicalism of the 1960s, but Himmelfarb's advocating of Victorian values as a solution to the problem would be a classic textbook example of a cure that is worse tha ...more
Shannon
Mar 11, 2009 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Himmelfarb presents statistics that support conservative values such as intact families with a mother and a father. Her arguments are sound, which is refreshing when compared to the arguments commonly put forth to support these values. However, the format is intimidating for the less-scholarly, and the same information could be made more readable (and should be).
Rick
Apr 04, 2016 Rick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This author tries to present a balanced discussion of values and ethics, documenting the range of differences among Americans. but she is a conservative and this comes out time after time. Not that there is anything wrong with that. I try to be as tolerant as the next person.
Mike Milton
One of the best and most insightful overviews of how we got here. Highly recommended. Social theory from a historian's perspective.
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Gertrude Himmelfarb, also known as Bea Kristol, is an American historian. She has been a leader and conservative interpretations of history and historiography. She has written extensively on intellectual history, with a focus on Britain and the Victorian era, as well as on contemporary society and culture.

Himmelfarb was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Bertha (née Lerner) and Max Himmel
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