The Authoritarian Allure


Altemeyer, B.  The Authoritarians.  Online:


Amar, A. K.  America's Constitution: A Biography.  Random House, 2005.


Amar, A. K.  The Bill of Rights Primer.  Skyhorse Publishing, 2013.


Amar, A. K.  The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our Era.  Basic Books, 2016.


Bageant, J.  Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War.  Crown Publishing, 2007.


Bauerstein, M. The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupifies Young Americans.  Tarcher Books, 2008.


Berman, M.  The Twilight of American Culture.  W.W. Norton, 2000.


Bishop, B. The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-minded America Is Tearing Us Apart.  Mariner Books, 2009.


Brynjolfsson, E. and A. McAfee. The Second Machine Age. W. W. Norton, 2014.


Bunch, W.  The Backlash: Right-Wing Radicals, High-Def Hucksters, and Paranoid Politics in the Age of Obama.  Harper, 2011.


Carr, N.  The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains.  W. W. Norton, 2011.


Chait, J. The Big Con: Crackpot Economics and the Fleecing of America. Houghton Mifflin, 2007.


Cowen, T. Average Is Over: Powering America beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation.  Dutton Books, 2013.


Cowen, T.  The Complacent Class.  St. Martin's Press, 2017. 


Daley, D.  Rat F**cked: The True Story.  W. W. Norton,  2016.


Dionne, E. J.  Why the Right Went Wrong. Simon & Schuster, 2016.


Eberstadt, N.  Men at Work: America's Invisible Crisis.  Templeton Press, 2016.


Foreign Affairs: Vol 95; #6; "The Power of Populism."  November-December 2016.


Frank, T.  Pity the Billionaire.  Picador, 2012.


Frank, T.  What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America.  Owl Books, 2005.


Friedman, T. L.  The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century.  Ferrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2005.


Friedman, T. L. and M. Mandelbaum  That Used To Be Us.  Ferrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2011.


Fukuyama, F. Trust: the Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity.  The Free Press, 1996.


Furedi, F. Therapy Culture: Cultivating Vulnerability in an Uncertain Age. Routledge, 2004.


Furedi, F. Where Have All the Intellectuals Gone?  Continuum Press, 2004.


Gitlin, T.  The Twilight of Common Dreams.  Henry Holt and Co., 1995.


Gladwell, M.  Outliers: the Story of Success.  Little, Brown, & Co., 2008.


Glaeser, E.  Triumph of the City.  Penguin Books, 2011.


Goldwag, A.  The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right.  Pantheon Books, 2012.


Gore, A. The Assault on Reason.  Penguin Press, 2007.


Harari, U. N.  Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. Harper, 2017.


Harris, J. R.  The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do.  Free Press, 2009.


Harrison, L. E. and S. P. Huntington (eds) Culture Matters: How Values Shape Human Progress.  Basic Books, 2000.


Harrison, L. E. The Central Liberal Truth: How Politics Can Change a Culture.  Oxford Univ. Press, 2006.


Hedges, C.  Death of the Liberal Class.  Nation Books, 2010.


Hedges, C.  Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle. Nation Books, 2009.


Hirsch, E. D.  Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know.  Vintage Books, 1988.


Hirsch, E. D.  The Knowledge Deficit: Closing the Shocking Education Gap for American Children.  Mariner Books, 2007.


Hirsch, E. D.  The Making of Americans: Democracy and Our Schools.  Yale Univ. Press, 2010.


Hofstadter, R.  Anti-intellectualism in American Life.  Vintage Books, 1963.


Huntington, S. P. Who Are We?  Simon and Schuster, 2004. John Wiley & Sons, 2012.


Isenberg, N.  White Trash: The 400-Year History of Class in America.  Viking Press, 2016.


Jackson, M.  Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age.  Prometheus Books, 2009.


Jacoby, R.  Dogmatic Wisdom: How the Culture Wars Divert Education and Distract America.  Doubleday, 1994.


Jacoby, S.  The Age of American Unreason.  Pantheon, 2008.


Judis, J. B.  The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics.  Columbia Global Reports, 2016.


Junger, S.  Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging.  First Estate Press, 2016.


Kabaservice, G.  Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, from Eisenhower to the Tea Party.  Oxford Univ. Press, 2013.


Kahn, A. S.  The Next Pandemic: On the Front Lines.  Public Affairs, 2016.


Kant, I. "What is Enlightenment?" in The Philosophy of Kant: Immanuel Kant's Political Writings. Modern Library, 1949.


Kaus, M.  The End of Equality.  Basic Books, 1996. 


Kelly, K. The Inevitable: The 12 Forces That Will Shape Our Future.  Viking Press, 2016.


Kronman, A.  Education's End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life.  Yale Univ. Press, 2008.


Lakoff, G.  The Political Mind: Why You Can't Understand 21st Century American Politics with an 18th Century Brain.  Viking Press, 2008.


Lasch, C.  The One and Only Heaven: Progress and Its Critics.  W. W. Norton and Co., 1991.


Lasch, C.  The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy.  W. W. Norton and Co., 1995.


Levin, Y.  The Fractured Republic.  Basic Books, 2016.


Lilla, M.  The Shipwrecked Mind: On Political Reaction.  New York Review of Books Press, 2016.


Lofgren, M.  The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless and the Middle Class Got Shafted.  Viking Press, 2012.


Manjoo, F. True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society. John Wiley & Sons, 2008.


Melley, T.  Empire of Conspiracy: The Culture of Paranoia in Postwar America. Cornell Univ. Press, 2000.


Miller, M. C.  Boxed In: The Culture of TV.  Northwestern Univ. Press, 1988.


Mishra, P.  Age of Anger: A History of the Present.  Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.  2017.


Mitroff, I.I. and W. Bennis The Unreality Industry.  Oxford Univ. Press, 1993.


Mnookin, S.  The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear.  Simon & Schuster, 2011.


Mooney, C. and S. Kirschenbaum  Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future.  Basic Books, 2009.


Mooney, C. The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science ― and Reality. Mariner Books, 2007.


Murray, C.  Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010.  Crown Forum, 2012.


Murray, C.  Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America's Schools Back to Reality.  Crown Forum, 2008.


Murray, C. and R. J. Herrnstein The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class in American Life.  Free Press, 1996.


Nye, B.  Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation.  St. Martin's Press, 2014.


Oreskes, N. and E. M. Conway  Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming.  Bloomsbury Press, 2010.


Otto, S.  The War on Science.  Milkweed Editions, 2016.


Pierce, C. P.  Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free.  Anchor Books, 2010.


Pinker, S.  The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.  Viking Books, 2011. 


Postman, N.  Amusing Ourselves to Death.  Penguin Books, 1986.


Quammen, D.  Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic.  W. W. Norton, 2012.


Ratti, C. and M. Claudel.  The City of Tomorrow: Sensors, Networks, Hackers, and the Future of Urban Life. Yale Univ. Press, 2016.


Ravitch, D.  The Death and Life of the Great American School System.  Basic Books, 2010.


Reeves, R. V.  Dream Hoarders.  Brookings Institute Press, 2017.


Ross, A.  The Industries of the Future.  Simon & Schuster, 2016. 


Sapolsky, R. M.  Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst.  Penguin Books, 2017.


Schwab, K.  The Fourth Industrial Revolution.  Crown Business, 2017.


Shah, S.  Pandemic: Tracking Contagions for Cholera to Ebola and Beyond. Sarah Crichton Books, 2016.


Sharlet, J.  C Street: the Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy. Little, Brown, and Co., 2010.


Sharlet, J.  The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power.  Harper Perennial, 2009.


Shenkman, R.  Just How Stupid Are We?: Facing the Truth about the American Voter.  Basic Books, 2009.


Sokal, A.  “Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity.” Social Text #46; Spring Summer 1996.


Spearman, D. and J. W. Smith  The Climate Change Challenge and the Failure of Democracy.  Praeger, 2007.


Specter, M.  Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress.  Penguin Books, 2009.


Stauber, J. and S. Rampton  Toxic Sludge is Good for You!  Lies, Damn Lies, and the Public Relations Industry.  Monroe, Maine: Common Courage Press, 1995.


Sunstein, C. R.  Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas.  Simon & Schuster, 2014.


Sunstein, C. R.  #Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media. Princeton Univ. Press, 2017.


Sunstein, C. R. and R. Hastie.  Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink.  Harvard Univ. Press, 2014.


Susskind, C. R., and D. Susskind The Future of the Professions. Oxford Univ. Press, 2017.


Tannen, D.  The Argument Culture: Stopping America's War of Words.  Ballantine Books, 1999.


Uscinski, J. E. and J. M. Parent American Conspiracy Theories.  Oxford Univ. Press, 2014.


Vance, J. D.  Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.  Harper Books, 2016.


Weber, K. (ed) Waiting for Superman: How We Can Save America's Failing Public Schools. Public Affairs, 2010.


Westen, D.  The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation.  Public Affairs, 2007.


Wilson, E. O.  The Social Conquest of Earth.  Liveright Press, 2012.


Wolin, S. S.  Democracy Incorporated. Princeton: 2008.


Wright, R.  Non-Zero: The Logic of Human Destiny.  New York: Vintage Books, 2001.


Wright, R.  The Moral Animal.  New York: Vintage Books, 1994.


Zakaria, F.  The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad.  W. W. Norton, 2003.


Zakaria, F.  In Defense of a Liberal Education. W. W. Norton, 2016.


Zantos, E. (ed)  What Orwell Didn't Know: Propaganda and the New Face of American Politics. Public Affairs, 2007.