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When Ideas Mattered: A Nathan Glazer Reader (Hardback)
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When Ideas Mattered: A Nathan Glazer Reader (Hardback)

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Hardback 362 Pages / Published: 30/12/2016
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Sociologist Nathan Glazer's remarkably long and productive career as a New York intellectual spans seven decades from the Great Depression era to the late twentieth century. A voracious intellect with a perpetual sense of curiosity, he defies easy labelling. When Ideas Mattered is a critical volume, but it also contains autobiographical essays Glazer has written over the years to explain the evolution of his own thought.

The book is a sensitive and nuanced examination of a towering intellectual figure on the American scene. It is organized into sections corresponding to Glazer's wide ranging interests: ethnicity, race, social policy and urbanism, and architecture. He has written on the myth of the American melting pot, the nature of American communism, the perils and importance of affirmative action, and the limits of social policy. Because Glazer's work has influenced succeeding generations of thinkers and scholars in a number of fields, the editors have included appraisals and assessments by several of these writers written especially for this volume.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9781412864169
Number of pages: 362
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"For well over half a century, Nathan Glazer has been among the keenest observers of American life. At once an enemy of elite complacence and populist blather, he has marched directly into some of the most divisive controversies of our time and managed again and again to transform their heat into light. This superb collection of some of his greatest essays offers an example of what a perceptive social critic can achieve if he is willing to be honest."

--Yuval Levin, editor of National Affairs


"For well over half a century, Nathan Glazer has been among the keenest observers of American life. At once an enemy of elite complacence and populist blather, he has marched directly into some of the most divisive controversies of our time and managed again and again to transform their heat into light. This superb collection of some of his greatest essays offers an example of what a perceptive social critic can achieve if he is willing to be honest."

--Yuval Levin, editor of National Affairs

"Among American intellectuals, Nathan Glazer is a prince. He has broken new ground, made new trouble, in every subject he has touched, and he has touched virtually all the important subjects of his time. His mind is uncannily independent, always humane, as curious as it is rigorous, and beyond all labels and slogans. He knows how to be controversial and calm, withering and wise. His career--vividly on view in this rich and significant volume--is an irresistible advertisement for a life in ideas."

--Leon Wieseltier


-For well over half a century, Nathan Glazer has been among the keenest observers of American life. At once an enemy of elite complacence and populist blather, he has marched directly into some of the most divisive controversies of our time and managed again and again to transform their heat into light. This superb collection of some of his greatest essays offers an example of what a perceptive social critic can achieve if he is willing to be honest.-

--Yuval Levin, editor of National Affairs

-Among American intellectuals, Nathan Glazer is a prince. He has broken new ground, made new trouble, in every subject he has touched, and he has touched virtually all the important subjects of his time. His mind is uncannily independent, always humane, as curious as it is rigorous, and beyond all labels and slogans. He knows how to be controversial and calm, withering and wise. His career--vividly on view in this rich and significant volume--is an irresistible advertisement for a life in ideas.-

--Leon Wieseltier

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