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Wild Orchids and Trotsky: Messages from American Universities
In recent years, liberal education has come under attack by such figures as Allan Bloom, Dinesh D'Souza, David Lehman, and others, who have criticized the growing radicalization of the American university. Now, some of the most distinguished, controversial, and articulate members of the academic profession address the broader educational issues at stake.
Paperback, 376 pages
Published February 1st 1993 by Penguin Books
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This is an interesting collection of essays written in response to media criticism of liberal education in America in the 1990s. It's a mixed bag - I found Frank Letricchia's essay to be self-indulgent and a bit dull, while Harold Bloom's interview was a slightly infuriating mix of concise erudition and willed obtuseness (it's hilarious though, and has some interesting biographical details about Bloom's early life). Enjoyed Judith Frank's essay 'In the Waiting Room' very much. Also Michael Berub ...more
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