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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 nationalism, and argues that structuralist approaches to history tend to minimize the importance of ideas and individual will.
"A lucidly written...and highly provocative collection of essays...Ms. Himmelfarb proves herself an eloquent and persuasive witness."--The New York Times