From Publishers Weekly
Conservative stalwart Cheney offers a polemic against what she sees as the dangers of political correctness.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Cheney, former head of the National Endowment for the Humanities, summarizes complaints about the cultural malady best thought of as relativism
the belief that, in any situation, truthfulness derives from the political relationships perceived by specific ideologies. In each of six chapters, Cheney considers a particular aspect of relativism and the damage it has done: so-called multiculturalism in primary and secondary education; political correctness in the universities; deconstructionism in the scholarship of the humanities; radical feminist legal theory in legal education and jurisprudence; politicized exaggeration and falsification in art, popular culture, and psychotherapy; and so-called new (i.e., politically slanted) news in the mainstream press. Although herself a Republican conservative, Cheney avoids partisanship in her presentation, and while her subject matter sometimes gets quite heady, her exposition remains accessible--so much so that Reader's Digest
will be serializing the book. That and Cheney's increasing visibility on political TV talk shows should boost interest in Telling the Truth
an interest that it greatly deserves. Ray Olson
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.