The Twilight of American Culture

Author: Morris Berman

Publisher: Gerald Duckworth


Category: Corporations

Page: 208

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An emerging cult classic about America's cultural meltdown--and a surprising solution. A prophetic examination of Western decline, "The Twilight of American Culture" provides one of the most caustic and surprising portraits of American society--and corporate mass mind culture-- to date.

The Twilight of the American Enlightenment

The 1950s and the Crisis of Liberal Belief

Author: George Marsden

Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)

ISBN: 0465030106

Category: History

Page: 264

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In the aftermath of World War II, the United States stood at a precipice. The forces of modernity unleashed by the war had led to astonishing advances in daily life, but technology and mass culture also threatened to erode the country’s traditional moral character. As award-winning historian George M. Marsden explains in The Twilight of the American Enlightenment, postwar Americans looked to the country’s secular, liberal elites for guidance in this precarious time, but these intellectuals proved unable to articulate a coherent common cause by which America could chart its course. Their failure lost them the faith of their constituents, paving the way for a Christian revival that offered America a firm new moral vision—one rooted in the Protestant values of the founders. A groundbreaking reappraisal of the country’s spiritual reawakening, The Twilight of the American Enlightenment shows how America found new purpose at the dawn of the Cold War.

Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire

Author: Morris Berman

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393078310

Category: Political Science

Page: 400

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In Dark Ages America, the pundit Morris Berman argues that the nation has entered a dangerous phase in its historical development from which there is no return. As the corporate-consumerist juggernaut that now defines the nation rolls on, the very factors that once propelled America to greatness—extreme individualism, territorial and economic expansion, and the pursuit of material wealth—are, paradoxically, the nails in our collective coffin. Within a few decades, Berman argues, the United States will be marginalized on the world stage, its hegemony replaced by China or the European Union. With the United States just one terrorist attack away from a police state, Berman's book is a controversial and illuminating look at our current society and its ills.

The Twilight of Common Dreams

Why America Is Wracked by Culture Wars

Author: Todd Gitlin

Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780805040913

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 1995

The Twilight of Equality?

Neoliberalism, Cultural Politics, and the Attack on Democracy

Author: Lisa Duggan

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 080709580X

Category: Social Science

Page: 136

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By now, we've all heard about the shocking redistribution of wealth that's occurred during the last thirty years, and particularly during the last decade. But economic changes like this don't occur in a vacuum; they're always linked to politics. The Twilight of Equality?searches out these links through an analysis of the politics of the 1990s, the decade when neoliberalism-free market economics-became gospel. After a brilliant historical examination of how racial and gender inequities were woven into the very theoretical underpinnings of the neoliberal model of the state, Duggan shows how these inequities play out today. In a series of political case studies, Duggan reveals how neoliberal goals have been pursued, demonstrating that progressive arguments that separate identity politics and economic policy, cultural politics and affairs of state, can only fail. Ultimately,The Twilight of Equality? not only reveals how the highly successful rhetorical maneuvers of neoliberalism have functioned but, more importantly, it shows a way to revitalize and unify progressive politics in the U.S. today.

A Question of Values

Author: Morris Berman

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781453722886

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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A Question of Values is Morris Berman's seventh book of cultural history and social criticism, and his first book of essays, which were written during 2007-10. Timely and uncompromising, they range across four principal topics: American culture and politics; the human existential condition; a close look at the nature of "progress"; and some thoughts on where Western civilization, in general, is headed. These articles pull no punches regarding our current situation, and represent some of Berman's finest writing to date. He challenges his readers to rethink the accepted mainstream system of values, and argues that in the end, our problems are as ethical in nature as they are political. In the context of a value system that is rapidly turning against us, Berman's message is simple: change or die.

The Twilight of the Intellectuals

Culture and Politics in the Era of the Cold War

Author: Hilton Kramer

Publisher: Ivan R Dee


Category: History

Page: 363

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"In The Twilight of the Intellectuals, Mr. Kramer explores, in effect, the intellectual history of the cold war and its divisive impact on our politics and culture. His book is also necessarily about the consequences of the 1930s and the 1960s, two decades when the political left achieved its greatest influence." "The Twilight of the Intellectuals is part memoir, part reflection, part critical analysis. It is filled with incisive portraits of people and their ideas, and with the often peculiar details of the urgent intellectual debates that tore apart friendships, sundered movements and institutions, and made the life of the mind so important in a way we can scarcely appreciate today."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Italian Americans

into the twilight of ethnicity

Author: Richard D. Alba

Publisher: Prentice Hall


Category: Social Science

Page: 182

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The Twilight Of Atheism

The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World

Author: Alister McGrath

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407073761

Category: Education

Page: 320

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Atheism is one of the most important movements in modern Western culture. For the last two hundred years, it seemed to be on the verge of eliminating religion as an outmoded and dangerous superstition. Recent years, however, have witnessed the decline of disbelief and a rise in religious/spiritual devotion throughout the world. In this highly readable book, the distinguished historian and theologian, Alister McGrath examines what went wrong with the atheist dream and explains why religion and faith are destined to play a central role in the twenty-first century. A former atheist who is now one of Christianity's foremost scholars, McGrath traces the history of atheism from its emergence in eighteenth-century Europe as a revolutionary worldview that offered liberation from the rigidity of traditional Christianity and the oppression of tyrannical monarchs, to its golden age in the first half of the twentieth century. Blending thoughtful, authoritative historical analysis with incisive portraits of such leading and influential atheists as Sigmund Freud, Marx and Richard Dawkins, McGrath exposes the flaws at the heart of atheism and argues that the renewal of faith is a natural, inevitable and necessary response to its failures.

About Time

Author: Adam Frank

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 1780740603

Category: Science

Page: 432

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From Stonehenge to beyond the Big Bang, an exhilarating scientific exploration of how we make time Time is the grandest conception of the universe that we humans have been able to imagine – and its most intimate, the very frame of human life. In About Time, astrophysicist and award-winning writer Adam Frank tells the scientific story of this wonderful and tyrannical invention. A Palaeolithic farmer moved through the sun-fuelled day and star-steered night in a radically different way than the Elizabethan merchants who set their pace to the clocks newly installed in their town squares. Since then, science has swept time into increasingly minute and standardized units – the industrial efficiency of ironworks’ punch clocks; the space-age precision of atomic fountains and GPS satellites; the fifteen-minute increments of Outlook’s digital revolution. And in the past decade, string-theory branes, multiverses, and “clockless” physics have begun to overturn our ideas about how the universe began – the Big Bang – in ways that will completely rewrite time and our experience of it. Weaving cosmology with day-to-day chronicles and a down-to-earth style, About Time is both dazzling and riveting as it confronts what comes next.

The Chemist – Die Spezialistin


Author: Stephenie Meyer

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104904596

Category: Fiction

Page: 624

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Nach dem sensationellen Welterfolg ihrer »Twilight«-Serie mit weltweit über 155 Millionen verkauften Exemplaren nun der neue Ausnahme-Pageturner der Weltbestsellerautorin Stephenie Meyer – knallhart, kompromisslos und ultraspannend. Sie hat für eine geheime Spezialeinheit der US-Regierung als Verhörspezialistin gearbeitet. Sie weiß Dinge. Zu viele Dinge. Deshalb wird sie jetzt selbst gejagt, bleibt nie länger an einem Ort, wechselt ständig Name und Aussehen. Drei Anschläge hat sie knapp überlebt. Die einzige Person, der sie vertraut hat, wurde umgebracht. Doch jetzt hat sie die Chance, wieder ein normales Leben zu führen. Dafür soll sie einen letzten Auftrag ausführen. Was sie dabei herausfindet, bringt sie jedoch in noch größere Gefahr, macht sie verwundbar. Denn zum ersten Mal in ihrem Leben gibt es einen Mann an ihrer Seite, der ihr wirklich etwas bedeutet. Und sie muss alles dafür tun, damit sie beide am Leben bleiben – mit ihren ganz eigenen Mitteln ...

In der Stunde der Dämmerung


Author: Nicci Gerrard

Publisher: eBook Berlin Verlag

ISBN: 3827077761

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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Eleanor hat ihre Unabhängigkeit weit über den 90. Geburtstag hinaus mit Löwenmut verteidigt, doch dann brennt die fast blinde alte Dame beinahe ihr Haus ab. Sie beschließt, sich dem Wunsch der Familie zu beugen und ihr geliebtes Cottage am Ende der Welt aufzugeben. Aber zwischen all den Büchern und Papieren ihrer Bibliothek steckt etwas, das niemand zu Gesicht bekommen darf – am allerwenigsten ihre Kinder. Um es zu finden, heuert sie Peter an, einen jungen Mann mit gebrochenem Herzen, dem ein paar Wochen in der Einsamkeit gerade recht kommen. Die alte Dame und der schüchterne Peter werden Freunde. Peter ahnt, dass Eleanor ein Geheimnis hat, vor dem sie ihre Familie unbedingt beschützen will. Aber wenn sie selbst Frieden finden soll, muss sie ihre Geschichte wenigstens einmal erzählen ...

The Twilight of the Middle Class

Post-World War II American Fiction and White-Collar Work

Author: Andrew Hoberek

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400826810

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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In The Twilight of the Middle Class, Andrew Hoberek challenges the commonly held notion that post-World War II American fiction eschewed the economic for the psychological or the spiritual. Reading works by Ayn Rand, Ralph Ellison, Saul Bellow, Phillip Roth, Flannery O'Connor, Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, and others, he shows how both the form and content of postwar fiction responded to the transformation of the American middle class from small property owners to white-collar employees. In the process, he produces "compelling new accounts of identity politics and postmodernism that will be of interest to anyone who reads or teaches contemporary fiction. Hoberek argues that despite the financial gains and job security enjoyed by the postwar middle class, the transition to white-collar employment paved the way for its current precarious state in a country marked by increasingly deep class divisions. Postwar fiction provided the middle class with various imaginative substitutes for its former property-owning independence, substitutes that since then have not only allowed but abetted this class's downward mobility. To read this fiction in the light of the middle-class experience is thus not only to restore the severed connections between literary and economic "history in the second half of the twentieth "century, but to explore the roots of the contemporary crisis of the middle class.

In the Twilight of Patriarchal Culture: The Struggle for Female Identity in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga

Author: Astrid Ernst

Publisher: Anchor Academic Publishing (aap_verlag)

ISBN: 3954895196

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 80

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The book investigates Meyer’s popular Twilight saga from a feminist point of view, focusing on the development of Bella’s character and her quest for identity in a rigidly patriarchal world. Bella’s life is entirely determined by the two central male characters who form a polarized axis which slowly tears her apart. Bella’s low self-esteem and her strong attachment to the over-idealized Edward Cullen are read as symptoms of her placelessness in a world that does not grant her space to develop as an autonomous subject. Bella’s wish to become a vampire can be equalled with a woman’s desire to gain access to a higher social realm via her husband and thereby escape her marginalisation in patriarchal culture. In order to live eternally in the idealized, capitalist, patriarchal and overly religious world that Edward represents, Bella has to make a series of sacrifices. Leaving her mother behind, she moves into a male dominated world which is divided into morally idealized vampires and racially devalued werewolves. She is forced to give up her friendship with Jacob Black, who represents her autonomous self, in order to find her patriarchal pre-defined destiny as mother and wife. Similar patterns of stereotypical representations of femininity can be found in various characters of the saga. A more controversial note is brought in by Bella’s half-vampire child who can be seen as a destabilizing factor of the saga’s rigid dichotomy. Taking all this into consideration, we have to ask whether it is desirable that millions of young women worldwide admire Bella and set her up as their role model.

Realist Poetics in American Culture, 1866-1900

Author: Elizabeth Renker

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019253629X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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The terms 'poetry' and 'realism' have a complex and often oppositional relationship in American literary histories of the postbellum period. The core narrative holds that 'realism', the major literary 'movement' of the era, developed apace in prose fiction, while poetry, stuck in a hopelessly idealist late-Romantic mode, languished and stagnated. Poetry is almost entirely absent from scholarship on American literary realism except as the emblem of realism's opposite: a desiccated genteel 'twilight of the poets.' Realist Poetics in American Culture, 1866-1900 refutes the familiar narrative of postbellum poetics as a scene of failure, and it recovers the active and variegated practices of a diverse array of realist poets across print culture. The triumph of the twilight tale in the twentieth century obscured, minimized, and flattened the many poetic discourses of the age, including but not limited to a significant body of realist poems currently missing from US literary histories. Excavating an extensive archive of realist poems, the volume offers a significant revision to the genre-exclusive story of realism and, by extension, to the very foundations of postbellum American literary history dating back to the earliest stages of the discipline.

The Twilight of Human Rights Law

Author: Eric Posner

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199313466

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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Countries solemnly intone their commitment to human rights, and they ratify endless international treaties and conventions designed to signal that commitment. At the same time, there has been no marked decrease in human rights violations, even as the language of human rights has become the dominant mode of international moral criticism. Well-known violators like Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan have sat on the U.N. Council on Human Rights. But it's not just the usual suspects that flagrantly disregard the treaties. Brazil pursues extrajudicial killings. South Africa employs violence against protestors. India tolerate child labor and slavery. The United States tortures. In The Twilight of Human Rights Law--the newest addition to Oxford's highly acclaimed Inalienable Rights series edited by Geoffrey Stone--the eminent legal scholar Eric A. Posner argues that purposefully unenforceable human rights treaties are at the heart of the world's failure to address human rights violations. Because countries fundamentally disagree about what the public good requires and how governments should allocate limited resources in order to advance it, they have established a regime that gives them maximum flexibility--paradoxically characterized by a huge number of vague human rights that encompass nearly all human activity, along with weak enforcement machinery that churns out new rights but cannot enforce any of them. Posner looks to the foreign aid model instead, contending that we should judge compliance by comprehensive, concrete metrics like poverty reduction, instead of relying on ambiguous, weak, and easily manipulated checklists of specific rights. With a powerful thesis, a concise overview of the major developments in international human rights law, and discussions of recent international human rights-related controversies, The Twilight of Human Rights Law is an indispensable contribution to this important area of international law from a leading scholar in the field.

Amerika auf der Couch

Ein Psychiater analysiert das Trump-Zeitalter

Author: Allen Frances

Publisher: Dumont Buchverlag

ISBN: 3832189912

Category: Psychology

Page: 420

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Allen Frances warnt davor, die Wahl Trumps als Ausnahmefall oder Ausrutscher zu betrachten und nicht als Spiegelbild unserer Demokratie. Denn wir müssen uns mit der Frage beschäftigen, was seine Wahl über den Zustand der USA aussagt. In der Psychiatrie wird eine Wahnidee oder ein Irrglaube als eine tief sitzende, abwegige Überzeugung definiert. Und an genau solchen wahnhaften Überzeugungen hält die amerikanische Gesellschaft fest – aber auch viele andere westliche Gesellschaften. Lieber begegnen wir der bedrohlichen Realität mit Verleugnung, Wunschdenken und abwegigen Verhaltensweisen. Doch die Einsicht, dass wir uns selbst ein tiefes Loch graben, ist der erste und unerlässliche Schritt, um aus ihm herauszuklettern. Der Job eines Psychiaters ist es, Patienten zu helfen, aus ihren Fehlern zu lernen, das Irrationale ihres Denkens freizulegen und den Teufelskreis selbstzerstörerischen Verhaltens zu beenden. Diesen Heilungsprozess braucht nicht nur der Einzelne, sondern die gesamte westliche Welt. Denn wir müssen uns dem Wahnsinn in unserer Gesellschaft stellen – bevor es zu spät ist. »Allen Frances argumentiert schlüssig, dass es deutlich dringender ist, die nationale Psyche zu entschlüsseln, als uns mit Debatten über Trumps geistigen Zustand abzulenken. Die viel wichtigere Frage ist: Was hat unsere Politik bis an diesen Punkt geführt?« THE NEW YORKER »Ein überragender Psychiater« THE NEW YORK TIMES

Biss-Jubiläumsausgabe - Biss zum Morgengrauen / Biss in alle Ewigkeit


Author: Stephenie Meyer

Publisher: Carlsen

ISBN: 3646928867

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 848

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Feiert mit uns das zehnjährige Jubiläum von „Biss zum Morgengrauen“! In dieser Sonderdoppelausgabe ist sowohl der erste Band von Stephenie Meyers „Biss“-Saga als auch eine überraschende Neuerzählung des Romans enthalten – „Biss in alle Ewigkeit“. Dieses Buch enthält über 400 Seiten neuen Lesestoff und ist mit einem außergewöhnlichem Doppelcover ausgestattet. Lasst euch aufs Neue von dieser romantischen Liebe verzaubern. In „Biss in alle Ewigkeit“ erzählt Stephenie Meyer die Geschichte über Bella und Edward mit umgekehrten Vorzeichen und lässt die Leser den Kultroman auf ganz neue Weise erleben: ein Teenager und eine Vampirin verstricken sich in eine Liebe gegen jede Vernunft – und bieten „Biss“-Fans neuen Lesestoff mit Suchtpotenzial. „Biss zum Morgengrauen“ hat seit seiner Veröffentlichung 2005 (in Deutschland 2006) Millionen von Lesern in seinen Bann gezogen. Mit 155 Millionen verkauften Exemplaren weltweit ist die „Biss“-Saga bis heute einer der größten internationalen Bucherfolge überhaupt und hat darüber hinaus genreprägend gewirkt. Die Geschichte von Bella und Edward ist längst ein moderner Klassiker, der wesentlich zur Popularität der romantischen All Age-Literatur beigetragen hat. „Biss zum Morgengrauen“ stand u. a. auf Platz 1 der New York Times Bestsellerliste, wurde als Time Magazine Young Adult Book of all Times und als New York Times Editor`s Choice ausgezeichnet. Zur „Biss“-Saga gehören außer „Biss zum Morgengrauen“ die Bände „Biss zur Mittagsstunde”, „Biss zum Abendrot“, „Biss zum Ende der Nacht“, „Biss zum ersten Sonnenstrahl: Das kurze zweite Leben der Bree Tanner“ und „Die Welt von Bella und Edward – Das Biss-Handbuch“.

The Twilight of Britain

Cultural Nationalism, Multiculturalism, and the Politics of Toleration

Author: G. Gordon Betts

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9781412840538

Category: Social Science

Page: 389

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A study of the erosion of Britain's sovereignty, national identity and culture, the subversion of her history and traditions, and the demoralization of her institutions. The process began, argues G. Gordon Betts, with the end of the colonial empires.