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Richard Hofstadter

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Born in 1916, Richard Hofstadter was one of the leading American historians and public intellectuals of the 20th century. His works include The Age of Reform, Anti-intellectualism in American Life, Social Darwinism in American Thought, 1860-1915, The American Political Tradition, and others. He died in 1970.

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The Age of Reform

Written by Richard Hofstadter


Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1960
Price: $14.95

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize  

Hofstadter's landmark work in American political thought examines the passion for progress and reform that colored the entire period from 1890 to 1940. It searches out the moral and emotional motives of the reformers, the myths and dreams in which they believed, and the realities with which... Read more >
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The Age of Reform

Written by Richard Hofstadter


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 21, 2011
Price: $13.99

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America at 1750
A Social Portrait
Written by Richard Hofstadter


Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1973
Price: $12.95

Hofstadter demonstrates how the colonies developed into the first nation created under the influences of Protestantism, nationalism, and modern capitalism.

"Its aim and general character are aptly summarized in the title. This is indeed a 'portrait'--set largely at one point in time, more descriptive than analytic, finely textured, colorful, almost visual... Read more >
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America at 1750
A Social Portrait
Written by Richard Hofstadter


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 2012
Price: $11.99

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The American Political Tradition
And the Men Who Made it
Written by Richard Hofstadter


Format: eBook, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 21, 2011
Price: $13.99

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The American Political Tradition
And the Men Who Made it
Written by Richard Hofstadter


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 23, 1989
Price: $17.00

This is a revised edition of Hofstadter's classic study of American politics from the founding fathers to FDR.  As an intellectual history of the assumptions behind American politics, this work changed the way in which the relationship between power and ideas in the national experience is understood. Foreword by Christopher Lasch. Read more >
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American Violence

Written by Richard Hofstadter


Format: eBook, 336 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 7, 2012
Price: $15.99

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Anti-Intellectualism in American Life

Written by Richard Hofstadter


Format: eBook, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 2012
Price: $13.99

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Anti-Intellectualism in American Life

Written by Richard Hofstadter


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1966
Price: $18.00

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Hofstadter's classic work sheds light on many features of the American character. Its concern is not merely to portray the scorners of intellect in American life, but to say something about what the intellectual is, and can be, as a force in a democratic society.
  "It illuminates the... Read more >
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Great Issues in American History, Vol. I
From Settlement to Revolution, 1584-1776
Edited by Richard Hofstadter and Clarence L. Ver Steeg


Format: eBook, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 25, 2012
Price: $13.99

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Great Issues in American History, Vol. I
From Settlement to Revolution, 1584-1776
Edited by Richard Hofstadter and Clarence L. Ver Steeg


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 12, 1969
Price: $18.00

This first volume of Great Issues in American History--three volumes of documents that cover the history of America from its settlement to the present--gives us a generous sampling of the major political controversies in the Colonial period. Included are such documents as Richard Hakluyt's "Discourse of Western Planting" (1584), "Letter from... Read more >
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Great Issues in American History, Vol. II
From the Revolution to the Civil War, 1765-1865
Written by Richard Hofstadter


Format: eBook, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Great Issues in American History, Vol. II
From the Revolution to the Civil War, 1765-1865
Written by Richard Hofstadter


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 12, 1969
Price: $14.95

Volume II gathers documents from the period of the Revolution through the Jacksonian era, up to the Civil War and the Emancipation. To fit both Colonial and Early National courses, documents covering 1765-1776 appear at the beginning of this volume and at the end of Volume I. Read more >
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Great Issues in American History, Vol. III
From Reconstruction to the Present Day, 1864-1981
Written by Richard Hofstadter


Format: eBook, 624 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Great Issues in American History, Vol. III
From Reconstruction to the Present Day, 1864-1981
Written by Richard Hofstadter


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 1982
Price: $14.95

This third volume is now updated and revised to include another decade of American History, from 1970-1981, added by the late author's wife, Beatrice K. Hofstadter. This collection of significant documents in American history now goes from Lincoln's Proclamation on the Wade-Davis Bill on July 8, 1864, to Reagan's Address on... Read more >
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The Paranoid Style in American Politics

Written by Richard Hofstadter
Introduction by Sean Wilentz


Format: eBook, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 2012
Price: $13.99

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The Paranoid Style in American Politics

Written by Richard Hofstadter
Introduction by Sean Wilentz


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 10, 2008
Price: $16.95

This timely reissue of Richard Hofstadter's classic work on the fringe groups that influence American electoral politics offers an invaluable perspective on contemporary domestic affairs.

In The Paranoid Style in American Politics, acclaimed historian Richard Hofstadter examines the competing forces in American political discourse and how fringe groups can influence — and... Read more >
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Progressive Historians

Written by Richard Hofstadter


Format: eBook, 336 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 29, 2012
Price: $13.99

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