Arguing the World

The New York Intellectuals in their Own Words

Joseph Dorman

Arguing the World
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Joseph Dorman

240 pages | plus 8 p. of halftones | 6 x 9-1/4 | © 2000, 2001
Paper $23.00 ISBN: 9780226158143 Published November 2001 Not for sale in the British Commonwealth except Canada
Joseph Dorman's film Arguing the World won New York Magazine's Best New York Documentary award in 1999 as well as the Peabody Award in 1999. His work has also appeared on The Discovery Channel, CBS, and CNN, and has been nominated for two Emmy Awards.

Joseph Dorman's acclaimed documentary, Arguing the World, included stunning interviews with Irving Howe, Daniel Bell, Irving Kristol, and Nathan Glazer. Now with a new preface, Dorman converted the film into this book that includes an overview of the New York Intellectuals and a chapter on the future of the public intellectual. Expertly spliced together from the film and new material, this book gives the sense that these men are still engaged in their fiery debates that targeted everything from the Depression to McCarthyism to the rise of the New Left through the Age of Reagan.

Preface, 2001: Love and Utopia
The Participants
The New York Jewish Intellectuals
A Note on the Text
1. A Lifetime in Argument
2. History at the Kitchen Table
3. A Harvard for the Poor
4. The Most Interesting Place in the Soviet Union
5. The Newness of Ideas
6. Darkness Descending
7. The Mood of Two Generations
8. The Neoconservative Revolt
9. Two Cheers for Utopia
10. Worrying with a Purpose
Selected Bibliography
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