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Gertrude Himmelfarb
Gertrude Himmelfarb

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Gertrude Himmelfarb taught for twenty-three years at Brooklyn College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York, where she was named Distinguished Professor of History in 1978. Now Professor Emeritus, she lives with her husband, Irving Kristol, in Washington, D.C. Her previous books include The De-Moralization of Society: From Victorian Virtues to Modern Values; On Looking into the Abyss: Untimely Thoughts on Culture and Society; Poverty and Compassion: The Moral Imagination of the Late Victorians; The New History and the Old; Marriage and Morals Among the Victorians; The Idea of Poverty: England in
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The De-moralization Of Society
From Victorian Virtues to Modern Values
Written by Gertrude Himmelfarb


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 30, 1996
Price: $19.00

Himmelfarb presents a fresh view of the Victorian intertwining of manners and morality and its impact on sexuality, marriage, poverty, and women's rights. But The De-Moralization of Society is also a blistering critique of our current-day penchant for banishing virtue from public life. Lively, acerbic, and long overdue, the resulting book... Read more >

On Looking Into the Abyss
Untimely Thoughts on Culture and Society
Written by Gertrude Himmelfarb


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 15, 2010
Price: $11.99

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On Looking Into the Abyss
Untimely Thoughts on Culture and Society
Written by Gertrude Himmelfarb


Format: Trade Paperback, 212 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 31, 1995
Price: $15.00

Himmelfarb turns her intellect and powers of observation to the present, exposing what she sees as the intellectual arrogance and spiritual impoverishment of much of our current thought, and tracing the consequences for our collective life. She deconstructs literary deconstructionism and postmodernism, diagnoses the malaise of liberalism, analyzes the resurgence of... Read more >
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One Nation, Two Cultures
A Searching Examination of American Society in the Aftermath of Our Cultural Rev olution
Written by Gertrude Himmelfarb


Format: eBook, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 15, 2010
Price: $9.99

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One Nation, Two Cultures
A Searching Examination of American Society in the Aftermath of Our Cultural Rev olution
Written by Gertrude Himmelfarb


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 30, 2001
Price: $12.00

Despite her forceful critique, Himmelfarb sees encouraging signs for the future of American culture. She explores the place of religion, family, and the law in American life and proposes democratic remedies for the nation's moral and cultural diseases. Though there are many legitimate grievances against government, she contends, our citizenry cannot... Read more >
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Poverty and Compassion
The Moral Imagination of the Late Victorians
Written by Gertrude Himmelfarb


Format: Trade Paperback, 492 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 27, 1992
Price: $23.00

Poverty and Compassion chronicles the moment in which an entire society--late Victorian England--discovered poverty and attacked it with the same combination of scientific rigor and moral fervor that characterized so much of the age.  Himmelfarb shows how the public spirit of that age became the public policy of our own. It is... Read more >
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Poverty and Compassion
The Moral Imagination of the Late Victorians
Written by Gertrude Himmelfarb


Format: eBook, 492 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 15, 2010
Price: $15.99

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The Roads to Modernity
The British, French, and American Enlightenments
Written by Gertrude Himmelfarb


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 9, 2005
Price: $16.00

In an elegant, eminently readable work, one of our most distinguished intellectual historians gives us a brilliant revisionist history. The Roads to Modernity reclaims the Enlightenment—an extraordinary time bursting with new ideas about human nature, politics, society, and religionfrom historians who have downgraded its importance and from scholars who have given... Read more >
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The Roads to Modernity
The British, French, and American Enlightenments
Written by Gertrude Himmelfarb


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $11.99

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