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Delirium: How the Sexual Counterrevolution is Polarizing America Hardcover – February 7, 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
Top Customer Reviews
The book has proven to be well worth the money. Some at the beginning at the book were things I have read elsewhere so was a little dull. And I got stuck a few times. But, it really started getting interesting and took off during the Bill Clinton era. Possibly because I remember all too well what the social conservative's did to Clinton and his wife out of pure unadulterated spite and malice. It was totally uncalled for and the paranoia that still reigns supreme today and began to take over the party.Read more ›
That was well, WELL worth it. Having been raised fundamentalist and left it far behind long ago, much of what she had to say about the movement was familiar. While she never castigated the people who hold those beliefs, she did absolutely expose the cynical manner in which congregations were turned into "voting populations" and manipulated with issues that had not before been issues: medical abortion and contraception. The outgrowth of this is the sex-negative homo-phobia focused stance that the Sexual Fundamentalists hold today...not evolutionarily, but through utter contemptuous manipulation by soulless political operatives on an increasingly irrelevant neo-conservative Right Wing.
Impeccably sourced and referenced, this is NOT an opinion piece, but rather a post-Doctoral dissertation on the one subject that America STILL doesn't talk about: Sex (and how it MUST be evil, stopped, and controlled)!
If you read political writings, and enjoy behind-the-scenes exposes of how we've gotten where we are; if you read sociology texts, and enjoy how sex and/or fear of sex drives political movements, then this should be on your list of Top 5 for 2012. Buy it! There ain't much of 2012 left!
(Besides, the Election is over...what else have you got going on?)