American Jitters

American Jitters

The Dying of the Light, by Arnold A. Rogow. New York: G.B. Putnam’s Sons. 384 pp.

America is bleak house. Arnold Rogow, a political scientist whose work has always transcended traditional academic divisions of labor and who combines the perspectives of cultural critic and Freudian student of our civilization and its discontents, here presents a scathing indictment of American society. In the metaphoric title, the light of reason only flickers dimly and the darkness of mass culture settles over the American landscape in this bicentennial year.

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