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Consuming Pleasures: Intellectuals and Popular Culture in the Postwar World (The Arts and Intellectual Life in Modern America) Hardcover – March 5, 2012

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"Consuming Pleasures offers a brilliant survey of major transatlantic thinkers. Horowitz is an accomplished historian who has mastered, in stunning depth and breadth, the literature on each of his principal subjects. Lucid, elegant, and engaging."—Howard Brick, author of Transcending Capitalism: Visions of a New Society in Modern American Thought

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Daniel Horowitz is Mary Huggins Gamble Professor of American Studies at Smith College.
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  • Series: The Arts and Intellectual Life in Modern America
  • Hardcover: 504 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (March 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812243951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812243956
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,126,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert H. Abzug on May 31, 2012
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This is a book of signal importance. Daniel Horowitz has, in the past, provided us with eyeopening views and refreshing interpretations of questions concerning consumption, affluence, and wonderfully insightful biographies of Betty Friedan and Vance Packard. Consuming Pleasures, however, is his masterpiece. It is a magisterial look at the ways in which intellectuals in both Europe and the United States dismissed, interpreted, and celebrated popular culture from the 1940s through almost the present. As a historian of a certain age, I often watch my colleagues turn various eras of my life into history with great trepidation. Like a veteran reading about war, my usual reaction is--they don't get it. Horowitz not only gets it, but for the first time on many issues and on the whole sweep of an era, I find myself saying, upon finishing chapter after chapter of this book--Now I get it! Superb scholarship, clear writing, and acute observation make this book a must read for anyone interested in how we have come to view our everyday lives and those who have shaped that vision.
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