"Today's inescapable and perplexing Nietzsche is not necessarily the same Nietzsche who inspired readers in the past; and it's the achievement of American Nietzsche to show how that is the case."
(Alexander Star New York Times Book Review)
"This is a superb book, widely and imaginatively researched, boldly argued, and vigorously written. The story it tells is compelling and populated by a fascinating array of characters, including almost everyone of importance in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American intellectual history: including Emerson, William James, Santayana, Mencken, and a host of lesser folk."
A much better read than expected. This book will expose you to more than just Nietzsche. Emerson, Kauffman, Bloom, Cavell and the great Rorty take a bow. Read morePublished on June 28, 2013 by Ken
This book covers the various ways in which Americans responded to the phenomenon that was Nietzsche's person and his thoughts. Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by bronx book nerd
I am relieved to have finished this book .It's moderately interesting but about half way through it occurred to me if you weren't already quite familiar with Nietzsche,you'd... Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by JAK
When I read it I felt like Nietzsche had been reading my mind. The auther did an excellent job in explaining Ralph Waldo Emerson's writings influence on Nietzsche and how... Read morePublished on November 26, 2012 by Karl Giese
This is an excellent book. It is interesting and engaging. It fills an important gap in the history of ideas.Published on November 20, 2012 by Joanne Swartzberg
A gem that captures the influence of genius on an impressionable society. This work foments the speculation to be found in such modern works as God Bless The Dead, to its great... Read morePublished on August 5, 2012 by Evan Geller
While Friedrich Nietzsche has had a significant impact on my own life, I can honestly say that I had very little idea, until I read this book, just how great an impact he has had... Read morePublished on May 17, 2012 by David Withun
American Nietzsche is a book that personifies exhaustive research and great scholarship. The transatlantic connections starting with Emerson, who served to help germinate... Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by Eitic
Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen's American Nietzsche, published recently by the University of Chicago Press, is a compelling story of the reception of Nietzsche's writings in America... Read morePublished on March 3, 2012 by off the tropic