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With amazing creativity, clarity, and wit, Warren Susman (1927-1985) takes us on a provocative tour of the highlights of American culture. By looking at all types of 20th-century culture–highbrow, lowbrow, and middlebrow–Susman shows how culture itself has become a battleground for competing visions of American life. Fourteen essays include such topics as the nature of American conservatism, the cultural contradictions of a consumer society, and the role of the urban experience in the development of American culture.
“This wonderful collection of pieces . . . is cause for rejoicing.” - Lawrence Levine, author of Highbrow/Lowbrow: The Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy in America
“Warren Susman was truly an original, and this book shows him at his inventive best.” - T.J. Jackson Lears, author of Fables of Abundance: A Cultural History of Advertising in America