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A Tale of Two Utopias: The Political Journey of the Generation of 1968by Paul Berman
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The ideological passions that, along with critical acclaim, greeted the publication of Paul Berman's showed how persistent are some of the battle lines drawn in the tumultuous years around 1968. recounts "in clean, clear, often funny style" () four episodes in the history of a generation: the worldwide student radicalism of the years around 1968; the birth of gay liberation and modern identity politics; the anti-Communist trajectory of the '68ers in the Eastern bloc; and the ideals and self-criticism of thinkers in America and in France who lived through these events and debated their meaning. Praised for both "sheer intellectual high-spiritedness" () and "the same sensitivity to the moral needs of the participants, and the same lucid evaluative balance, as Edmund Wilson's accounts of earlier periods" (philosopher Richard Rorty), firmly establishes Berman as "one of America's leading social critics" () and "one of our most gifted essayists" ().
"A deeply moving and delightfully readable account of the political journey [Berman's] generation has taken."--Isaac Kramnick,
Includes bibliographical references (p. 341-343) and index.
Political journalist Paul Berman recounts four episodes in the history of a generation: student radicalism of the years around 1968; the birth of gay liberation and modern identity politics; the anti-Communist trajectory in the Eastern bloc; and the ideals and self-criticism of thinkers in America and in France, who debated the meaning of these events. A "New York Times" Notable Book.
About the Author
Paul Berman writes about politics and literature for The New Republic, the New York Times Book Review, and other magazines. His books have been translated into thirteen languages. He lives in New York City.
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