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Liberalism's Crooked Circle Hardcover – April 15, 1996


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Katznelson (political science and history, Columbia Univ.; City Trenches, 1981) here addresses the contemporary crisis of left-wing politics by redefining and "revaluing" the liberal tradition. Rather than presenting a conventional social-scientific analysis, his intervention takes the form of two lengthy epistles to Polish-Jewish dissident Adam Michnik. Katznelson's prose style is as elegant as his political stance is sophisticated. This is a subtle, searching examination of liberalism's complicated relationship to concerns about class inequality and social difference. The book should appeal to readers interested in "the pressing task of discovering an ethical and political imagination sufficiently resourceful to grapple with current challenges and responsibilities." Unrepentant leftists, as well as advocates of an undiluted capitalism, will find much to disagree with in this short, pithy volume. But they should also find Katznelson's savoir faire intellectually bracing. Recommended for all academic libraries.?Kent Worcester, Social Science Research Council, New York
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Winner of the 1997 Michael Harrington Award, Caucus for a New Political Science section of the American Political Science Association

Winner of the 1996 Lionel Trilling Award, Columbia University

"[A] thoughtful and eminently readable contribution to debates about the future of liberalism.... [Katznelson] argues for a synthesis of the most progressive elements of political liberalism with the strengths of the socialist critique of capitalism."--William E. Scheuerman, Political Science Quarterly

"Liberalism's Crooked Circleis an intellectually rich engagement with two large issues in contemporary liberalism.... Historically grounded and sociologically realistic--it is a great success."--The Boston Review of Books

"Thoughtful and eminently readable contribution to debates about the future of liberalism.... Katznelson's argument is provocative."--Political Science Quarterly

"Katznelson's prose style is as elegant as his political stance is sophisticated. This is a subtle, searching examination of liberalism's complicated relationship to concerns about class inequality and social difference."--Library Journal

"[An] unusual and inventive work."--Foreign Affairs
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 1St Edition edition (April 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691034389
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691034386
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.6 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,373,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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