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A Doomsday Reader: Prophets, Predictors, and Hucksters of Salvation First Edition Edition

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"What Sorin has accomplished in this beautifully written, balanced and probing intellectual biography is the most complete picture we have of Howe, a portrait of how one Jewish intellectual and activist struggled daily to balance scholarship and politics and the life of the mind and a life of action. . . . Sorin has ably captured the life and passion of this most unusual man, whose commitment to democracy is a legacy still worth cherishing."
-"LA Times",

"Irving Howe"s career, with its constantly shifting strands of political activism, literary commentary, and accessible Jewish scholarship, makes a great subject for an intellectual biography. Painstakingly researched and fluently written, Gerald Sorin's book strikes just the right balance between sympathetic identification and critical distance. Making excellent use of interviews, memoirs, and unpublished letters, Sorin recreates the many significant issues that engaged Howe. He brings considerable drama to Howe's gradual break with Marxist sectarianism, his shifting perspectives on socialism, his momentous reconnection to Jewish culture, his battles with the New Left, and the literary controversies that accompanied his steady growth as a subtle reader and vigorous, penetrating critic."
-Morris Dickstein, author, "Gates of Eden: American Culture in the Sixties"

"Gerald Sorin has written a lively and compelling biography of Irving Howe. A New York intellectual, Howe figured in most of the major and many of the minor debates of mid-twentieth-century America: socialism, modernism, Yiddish culture, civil rights, the new politics of postwar America, and the antiwar movement of the turbulent sixties. Howe spoke out forcefully and fearlessly, carving a place for intellectuals with moral vision. Sorin"s first biography deftly captures the complexity of the man and his eras."
-Deborah Dash Moore, author of "To the Golden Cities: Pursuing the American Jewish Dream in Miami and L.A."

"Sorin does a solid and convincing job of chronicling Howe's life and times."
-"The Jewish Quarterly Review",

""Irving Howe: A Life of Passionate Dissent" offers such an intellectually detailed and conceptually animated account of Howe's work. Sorin did an excellent job."
-"Magill's Literary Annual",

About the Author

Ted Daniels is the editor and publisher of the Millennial Prophecy Report. He has been collecting prophetic material from more than 1200 print and electronic sources.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press; First Edition edition (August 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814719090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814719091
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,392,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Peter Huston on May 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm surprised this book isn't better known. I found it in a bookstore years ago, gave it a look over, bought it, read it and enjoyed it immensely.
Many cultures and traditions have a legend, a story that goes a bit like this:
"Soon, real soon, this unfair world that we live in will end and it will end with a bang! And when that happens, the good people, in other words the people just like us, will be given the wonderful things they deserve, and the bad people, in other words the people who we do not like at all and who are not like us, will get what they deserve and be severely punished."
This book includes academic discussion of this theme in different times and places along with actual examples. These examples are taken from a variety of times and places including fringe and ideologically based groups from our own global society.
Nazis, Communists, strange cultists, a surprising variety are represented.
It's both educational and informative.
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