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Delirium: The Politics of Sex in America Paperback – September 11, 2012
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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 equalitythose 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
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Top Customer Reviews
Certainly, the author has a position, and I note another reviewer felt she attacked christian fundamentalists. Rather, it seems to me Cohen offers up their positions, strategies and words, and the reader can make his or her own decision. The book is well written and well documented and helped me appreciate that I don't always know what, in fact, I think I know. That's a big gift. Cheers to you Nancy Cohen.
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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