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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619020688
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619020689
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #934,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Delirium

"A thrilling and prescient story of America today." —Mike Davis

“An insightful look at the history of sexual mores and politics and how we got to such a contentious place.” —Booklist

“In her critique of bipartisan extremism, historian Cohen expertly details its rise within the Democratic and Republican parties by mining seven presidential elections … Cohen uses quantitative evidence to claim, quite cogently, that the sexual counterrevolution has overplayed its hand and that “cultural progressivism is the new American way,” making this book an impressive contribution to the political dialogue.” —Publishers Weekly

“Nancy L. Cohen narrates the history and continued salience of the sexual backlash with the wisdom of a fine historian and the passion of a liberal activist. Delirium is an indispensable source for understanding how profoundly the politics of the body has swayed the body politic.” —Michael Kazin, author of American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation

“With abortion rights, birth control, and gay marriage still roiling American politics, it is obvious that the conservative reaction against the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 1970s remains a powerful force in our world today. Nancy L. Cohen, a lively writer and excellent historian, places our current situation in historical perspective, tracing how over the past forty years the sexual counterrevolution has helped shape the political landscape. A fascinating and disturbing book.” —Eric Foner, Columbia University

“Nancy L. Cohen’s Delirium is a provocative and original examination of the politics of equality—those who believe in our basic rights, and those who do not. She deftly takes us through forty years of history to explain why our country feels so divided, and, more importantly, how we can find our way back to rational political discourse. Anyone who cares about civil rights and the future of the country needs to read this book.” —Lisa Bloom, legal analyst and New York Times bestselling author of Think

About the Author

Nancy L. Cohen is a historian, author, and contributor to The Huffington Post and Rolling Stone. She is the author of two books, including The Reconstruction of American Liberalism, 1865-1914. She has held positions as a visiting assistant professor of history at Claremont McKenna College and at Binghamton University, State University of New York, and as a visiting scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two daughters, and four stepchildren.

More About the Author

Nancy L. Cohen is an author, historian, and journalist who is recognized as one of the leading experts on women and American politics.

Her 2012 book DELIRIUM won widespread acclaim. She has been a guest on MSNBC's Up with Chris Hayes and Ed Schultz show and on leading radio programming on NPR, WNYC, and SiriusXM. Her articles and commentary about contemporary American politics have been published in the Los Angeles Times, New Republic, Playboy, the Guardian, RollingStone.com and elsewhere.

Nancy is currently a visiting fellow at Occidental College. She received her PhD in history from Columbia. She lives in Los Angeles with her two daughters and near her husband and four stepchildren. Join her on twitter @nancylcohen or at www.nancylcohen.com

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ToddF on September 18, 2012
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I'm so glad I picked up "Delirium" after seeing Dr. Cohen on TV speaking about her book. It really educated me on this country's lopsided and backwards reaction to civil rights for women, advancement of women in the workforce, and of course -- "the sex" and women's control over their own bodies.

Cohen effectively exposes the "sexual counterrevolutionaries" that currently control the Republican party in this country and hold our nation back in so many embarrassing ways. But she is also an equal opportunity basher of the spineless and complicit Democrats who for 40 years have run scared to try and please or at least appease voters that may likely never support them at the expense of those who already do.

I wanted to write a review for the book because as a white, Protestant hetero male, I want to let readers know that "Delirium" speaks for more than just women. I am proud to support women everywhere, and more of us need to stand with them as they confront this often murky and shadowy assault on common sense rights and ambitions for them and their families. Bravo, Nancy Cohen, for charting/discussing this too often overlooked topic in a very accessible read that exposes the policies and tone that have had such a tremendous regressive affect on the country we love. Readers: You will definitely love and be motivated by "Delirium!"
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JenniferL on September 10, 2012
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As an independent who's thoroughly disgusted with partisan politics -- as well as frustrated with a Republican party hijacked by those who would rather tell women, minorities, and gays how to live their lives than solve any actual problems -- I've often wondered: How did we get here? Cohen finally gives us an answer, in this fascinating look at the 40-year rise of a shadow movement she dubs the "sexual counterrevolution." This was seriously one of those books where nearly every page produced some eye-opening fact or revelation -- my poor husband couldn't even fall asleep when I was reading in bed next to him because I kept tapping him on the shoulder to read aloud some other astounding passage. If you care about this election, about the future of this country, you will read this brilliant book! We can't solve our problems unless we know how we got here in the first place. Thank you, Cohen!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Etanenbaum on September 19, 2012
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Delirium reads like a novel - you can't put it down because it is so well written and so compelling. Nancy Cohen matches her expertise with great writing and tackles such an important issue head on with measured, thoughtful facts. It is a discussion, not a rant, that makes sense. I have a much better understanding of the political climate of the last 40 years. I hope that Nancy Cohen keeps writing.
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Ms. Cohen has the research and the facts to back up case after case of how the religious right and the sexual anti- revolutionist steam rolling tactics have bullied the Republicans and seduced the Democrats to responding in kind. Well done.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DS on August 24, 2012
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This prescient, compelling piece of political history should be required reading, especially during this divisive election season. Cohen thoughtfully traces forty years of history to explain how we arrived at such a divided state. Powerful and important.
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