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The Closing of the American Mind by Allan Bloom
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Feb 04, 2010

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This is a very difficult read. The redeeming features are that it has a fewr sentences of poignancy at the end of several chapters about how universities have gotten away from a broad based liberal arts tradition and now allow students to divide themselves in their own ethnic groups or causes, all in the name of diversity.

A good chapter is how the professors in the 1960s knuckled under so easily to the anarchic or troublemaking students who demanded the overhaul of curriculum by basically acting like a bunch of thugs, overtaking offices, demanding professors ne fired for teaching content that has lasted for years (and getting it), and generally failing to show a spine in what is basically a left wing fascist takeover of the universities. You can do yourself a favor by reading the last two chapters only, they start at about p. 310. The rest of it is a lot of blather expressed in run on sentences that those with Ph D's soemetimes use too foften -- it has the feel of reading a scholarly journal, only for over 300 pages.

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