New PDF release: A Great Idea at the Time: The Rise, Fall, and Curious

By Alex Beam

ISBN-10: 0786726989

ISBN-13: 9780786726981

ISBN-10: 1586484877

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Today the classics of the western canon, written by way of the proverbial “dead white men,” are cannon fodder within the tradition wars. yet within the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, they have been a popular culture phenomenon. the nice Books of Western Civilization, fifty-four volumes selected by means of intellectuals on the collage of Chicago, all started as a tutorial circulation, and advanced right into a profitable advertising notion. Why did one million American families purchase books via Hippocrates and Nicomachus from door-to-door salesmen? and the way and why did the nice books fall out of style?

In A nice suggestion on the Time Alex Beam explores the nice Books mania, in an enjoyable and surprisingly poignant portrait of yank pop culture at the threshold of the tv age. Populated with memorable characters, A nice suggestion on the Time will go away readers asking themselves: Have I learn Lucretius’s De Rerum Natura in recent years? If no longer, why not?

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Untrained intellectually and needs dialectic therefore In December, following a session on Descartes, Adler recorded that “[t]he discussion of Descartes was better than I expected. ” High praise indeed. Fadiman and Richard McKeon, who would later become a dean at the University of Chicago, taught “Classic and Medieval Thought” at the West Side YMCA on West 5th Street. “Recalling that Socrates had taught in the market place,” Fadiman wrote in his essay collection Party of One, [w]e saw nothing wrong in continuing our discussion over cafeteria tables.

These rumors, which were true, would persist throughout Roosevelt’s years in office; Hutchins whispered for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission. Hutchins bruited for the Securities and Exchange Commission. In the end, Hutchins and Roosevelt could never close the deal. FDR needed a political commitment from 1586484873_beam 8/22/08 9:26 AM Page 51 T h e G re a t B o o ks i n th e G ra y C i ty Glamour on the Midway: Robert and Maude Hutchins leave a university function. DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO the high-minded university president, but party politics was one game Hutchins just couldn’t play.

That’s me,” replied the vision in white. ” And so the Talmudic Terrier met the Boy Wonder. There are many ways to characterize the unlikely pairing, and the lifelong friendship and collaboration, of Hutchins and Adler: Hutchins as Don Quixote, Adler as Sancho Panza. Hutchins as the patrician WASP whom the low-born Adler held in awe. Adler as the striving, ambitious son desperately seeking to please the laconic, distant father. I find it easier to think of them as two fascinating people, one of whom you would like to be, and one of whom you would not.

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