50 Years of Dissent

Nicolaus Mills, Michael Walzer
Yale University Press, 01/01/2004 - 365
02 Dissent was founded in 1954 by intellectuals angered by the rightward drift of the country but uneasy with the dogmatism they saw on the American left, and it has provoked debates about political ideas and about American and global issues ever since. This provocative booka collection of articles published in Dissent over the past fifty yearspresents essays from each decade of Dissent's life that reveal how the magazine viewed that era, along with a new foreword to each section written by a contemporary Dissenter that provides perspective on the period.Articles include:* Norman Mailer on Surplus Values and Mass Media* Irving Howe on New Styles in Leftism* Theodore Draper on Ghosts of Vietnam* Sean Wilentz on Bankruptcy and Zeal* Michael Kazin on A Patriotic Left* Dwight MacDonald on America, America* and much moreI find these essays impressive not only in their quality but also in their surprising relevance to political life today.Robert Dahl, author of How Democratic Is the American Constitution?
Dissent was founded in 1954 by intellectuals angered by the rightward drift of the country but uneasy with the dogmatism they saw on the American left, and it has provoked debates about political ideas and about American and global issues ever since. This provocative booka collection of articles published in Dissent over the past fifty yearspresents essays from each decade of Dissent's life that reveal how the magazine viewed that era, along with a new foreword to each section written by a contemporary Dissenter that provides perspective on the period.Articles include:* Norman Mailer on Surplus Values and Mass Media* Irving Howe on New Styles in Leftism* Theodore Draper on Ghosts of Vietnam* Sean Wilentz on Bankruptcy and Zeal* Michael Kazin on A Patriotic Left* Dwight MacDonald on America, America* and much moreI find these essays impressive not only in their quality but also in their surprising relevance to political life today.Robert Dahl, author of How Democratic Is the American Constitution?
 

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LibraryThing Review

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This is a great book if you're interested in seeing "radical" political opinions unfiltered by nostalgia. The current Dissent doesn't live up to the essays in this collection.

50 years of Dissent

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Founded in 1954 by Irving Howe and other New York intellectuals who sought a forum for a "social liberal" alternative to the political conservatism (and rampant McCarthyism) of the day, Dissent has ...

MITCHELL COHEN introduction
1
FIFTIES
9
SIXTIES
57
SEVENTIES
107
EIGHTIES
167
NINETIES
241
TURN OF THE CENTURY
289
list of contributors
347
credits
353
index
355

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Nicolaus Mills is a professor of American Studies at Sarah Lawrence College. Michael Walzer is UPS Foundation Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is the author, editor, or coeditor of more than a dozen books, including On Toleration and The Jewish Political Tradition, Volumes I and II, all published by Yale University Press.