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The Culture Struggle Paperback – January 3, 2006

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ISBN-13: 978-1583227046 ISBN-10: 1583227040 Edition: UNABRIDGED VERSION

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About the Author

MICHAEL PARENTI is a critically acclaimed author and an extraordinary public speaker. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University and has taught at a number of colleges and universities, in the United States and abroad. He is the author of numerous books, including Superpariotism, The Assassination of Julius Caesar, and Inventing Reality.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press; UNABRIDGED VERSION edition (January 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583227040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583227046
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Parenti (Berkeley, CA) is the acclaimed author of more than twenty books, including, most recently, Contrary Notions: The Michael Parenti Reader; The Assassination of Julius Caesar; and The Culture Struggle. The New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post, the New York Review of Books, Harper's, The Nation, and Antioch Review, are among the countless publications that have praised Parenti's work. For further information, visit his Web site:

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Krul on November 20, 2007
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Michael Parenti's "The Culture Struggle" is quite short, but lively and written in a crisp and clear style. In this booklet, he discusses the role and function of culture within our societies as well as those of the past, showing how culture is a battleground of ideology. Parenti engages not just the role of ideology in science and in popular culture, but also in medicine, psychiatry, New Age and cults, marriage, and so forth, all issues relevant to current events.

None of the things he points out will be at all new to anyone who is familiar with radical left critiques, but that does not mean this book is useless or preaching to the choir. Quite the opposite: I think it can play a good role as one of those books that one can give to friends or family members with very little political interest or awareness and to people who are not familiar with or good at reading academic style monographs, but who want to understand the leftist critique of our society. Parenti occasionally still uses terminology that might be difficult for readers of a less educated background (such as "plutocratic" and "monopolistic"), but generally the book is extremely easy to read and still makes a lot of good and important points. So, pass it on to your coworkers or grandparents and anyone else who could use a confrontation with a critical look at society.
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5 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Renee Aubuchon on June 1, 2006
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As a progressive/liberal who grew up in the 60's and obtained a graduate degree in community psychology... except for some interesting recent examples this book provides... I have heard it all before. There is little new content in this 134 page book that reads like a group of collected college lectures. Political progressives are likely to feel, at least in part, that Parenti is preaching to the choir. It is good to seek alternative perspectives, to be awake. But now that we have had our consciousness awakened and enlivened... what shall we do?

It is regarding the "What shall we do then, given this is how things are?" question that inevitably comes up when reading this kind of book that the author is largely silent.

Where is the Saul Alinsky for our new century?
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