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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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Evan
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
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
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
Shannon
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).
Frank Roberts
Not much that was new to me. Maybe too dated.
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