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    Neil Jumonville(Editor)

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In the early 1930’s in a small alcove at City College in New York a group of young, passionate, and politically radical students argued for hours about the finer points of Marxist doctrine, the true nature of socialism, and whether or not Stalin or Trotsky was the true heir to Lenin. These young intellectuals went on to write for and found some of the most well known political and literary journals of the 20th century such as The Masses, Politics, Partisan Review, Encounter, Commentary, Dissent and The Public Interest. Figures such as Daniel Bell, Nathan Glazer, Sidney Hook, Susan Sontag, Dwight MacDonald, and Seymour Lipset penned some of the most important books of social science in the mid-twentieth century. They believed, above all else, in the importance of argument and the power of the pen. They were a vibrant group of engaged political thinkers and writers, but most importantly they were public intellectuals committed to addressing the most important political, social and cultural questions of the day.

Here, with helpful head notes and a comprehensive introduction by Neil Jumonville, The New York Intellectuals Reader brings the work of these thinkers back into conversation.

Neil Jummonville is the William Warren Rogers Professor of History and Chairperson of the Dept. of History at Florida State University. He specializes in U.S. Intellectual History with an emphasis on post WWII liberalism and American Studies. He is the author of two previous books and is currently working with Routledge author Kevin Mattson on a book of essays on the current state of liberalism.

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  • PDF | 456 pages
  • Neil Jumonville(Editor)
  • Routledge; 1 edition (April 20, 2007)
  • English
  • 7
  • History

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  • By ReservedRealist on February 18, 2011

    This book is a great introduction and reference for the subject, and it includes a decent variety of famous works by the "New York Intellectuals" ranging from the 1950's to the contemporary period. It has good author's notes and introduction, and also covers several different perspectives from leftist writers to more conservative writers who had previously been leftists as college students. Interesting because it is often assumed that all New England intellectuals are liberals.I highly recommend any social sciences or history student at Florida State University to look up the author, his work is great and as a professor he makes these topics relatively accessible and fascinating.


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