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Be Prepared! It can be difficult reading!
on February 1, 2015
Richard Hofstadter's classic book of historical and analytical essays, "The Paranoid Style in American Politics, is worth reading at least once. Be prepared, it is difficult reading if you are not familiar with American history and the economy. I was assigned to read some for a twentieth century American history class at a college level.
Hoftstadter's book comes with a new foreword by Sean Wilentz of Princeton University regarding the Hofstadter's importance and contributions to the study of American discourse and history. There is a long introduction by Hofstadter in June 1965. He died in 1970.
The book is divided into two parts. Part One is entitled "Studies in the American Right." Essays include "The Paranoid Style in American Politics;" "The Pseudo Conservative Revolt 1954;" "Pseudo-Conservatism Revisited 1965;" and "Goldwater and Pseudo Conservative Politics."
The second part is entitled "Some Problems of the Modern Era." They include essays entitled "Cuba, Philippines, and Manifest Destiny;" "What Happened to the Anti-Trust Movement?;" and "Free Silver and the Mind of 'Coin' Harvey." The book also includes acknowledgements and an index.
Now I don't have the time to read the essays carefully to grasp Hofstadter's essays. If I had the time or was taking another American history course, I would sit and read the essays.