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Lapham, Lewis H.

Works: 172 works in 368 publications in 3 languages and 11,546 library holdings
Genres: Miscellanea  History  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Biography  Trivia and miscellanea  Literature  Biographical films  Historical films  Prophecies 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Editor, Author of introduction, Moderator, Other, Collector, Performer
Classifications: P90, 301.2
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Gag rule : on the suppression of dissent and the stifling of democracy by Lewis H Lapham( Book )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 1,150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dissent is democracy. Democracy is in trouble. Never before, Lewis Lapham argues, have voices of protest been so locked out of the mainstream conversation, so marginalized and muted by a government that recklessly disregards civil liberties, and by an ever more concentrated and profit-driven media in which the safe and the salable sweep all uncomfortable truths from view." "In the midst of the "war on terror"--Which makes the hunt for Communists in the 1950s look, in its clarity of aim and purpose, like the Normandy landings on D-Day - we face a crisis a democracy as serious as any in our history. The Bush administration makes no secret of its contempt for a cowed and largely silenced electorate, and without bothering to conceal its purpose the government coordinates "not the defense of the American citizenry against a foreign enemy but the protection of the American plutocracy from the American democracy.""
Money and class in America : notes and observations on a civil religion by Lewis H Lapham( Book )

20 editions published between 1987 and 2018 in English and Spanish and held by 929 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Words that ring through time : from Moses and Pericles to Obama : fifty-one of the most important speeches in history and how they changed our world by Terry Golway( Book )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of fifty speeches that changed the world, including selections from Jesus, Mohammed, Cromwell, Washington, Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Hitler, each illuminated by an essay that explains the oration's historical context, impact, and consequences
Understanding media : the extensions of man by Marshall McLuhan( Book )

10 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyzes how language, speech and technology shape human behavior in the era of mass communication
An American album : one hundred and fifty years of Harper's magazine( Book )

5 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes essays and literary works by Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, Herman Melville, Clarence Darrow, John Kenneth Galbraith, and H.L. Mencken as well as an essay by Henry L. Stimson (P.A. 1883) on the decision to use the atomic bomb
Theater of war by Lewis H Lapham( Book )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Almost alone among mainstream political commentators, he has had the courage to question the motive and feasibility, as well as the imperial pretension, of the Bush administration's infinite crusade against the world's evildoers."--Jacket
The trials of Henry Kissinger( Visual )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 617 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Did Henry Kissinger sabatoge the 1968 Vietnam peace talks for his own personal gain? Did he orchestrate the secret bombing of Cambodia? Did he authorize covert operations to overthrow a Chilean President? This explores how a young boy who fled Nazi Germany grew up to become one of the most powerful and controversial figures in United States history
The end of the world( Book )

8 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Romans at Pompeii, the Confederates at Richmond, the German Jews in 1938 -- all had reason to believe the world was coming to an end. This fascinating collection contains works by such diverse historians as Plato, Thucydides, da Vinci, Mencken and Picasso. Famous episodes of human tragedy are recounted by those who lived them. Jack London describes the great earthquake of San Francisco in 1906; a Bolshevik watches the Winter Palace fall in 1917; a Polish poet fights for food in Auschwitz. Soldiers from ancient Rome to Vietnam march toward death; a writer toils while the Black Plague rages around him; a monk watches the Aztec Empire fall to the Spaniards
The wish for kings : democracy at bay by Lewis H Lapham( Book )

4 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For the better part of twenty years Lewis H. Lapham has sketched the American social and political landscape with a fine sense of history and a sharp and caustic wit. In The Wish for Kings, his most provocative book to date, Lapham obliges us to take a long hard look at what has become of our hallowed democratic tradition. Although we like to believe that we live by Lincoln's famous words - "government of the people, by the people, for the people"--We have become accustomed to a government by and for the friends of privilege. The promise of democracy is synonymous with the idea of the citizen, but to people who have grown tired of self-government the belief in kings and queens and fairy tales replaces the will to engage in the rude and often uncomfortable arts of politics. Lapham notes the effects of our distaste for objection and dissent - an apathetic public debate, 90 percent of the wealth in the hands of 5 percent of the population, the media and the universities united in their defense of oligarchy - and discusses at length the ways in which a courtier spirit (the obverse of the democratic spirit) subverts and weakens the hopes of a free republic. It is a discussion that has particular relevance to the present moment. If the wish for kings is as old as Babylon and as modern as the worship of Hollywood celebrity, our 1992 presidential election translated the wish into nineteen million votes for H. Ross Perot. Frightened by the weakness in the economy and dissatisfied with the wisdom in office in Washington, a sizable percentage of the electorate embraced in the figure of a Texas millionaire what it imagined to be the comforts of autocracy. The question remains as to whether the enthusiasm for Perot was merely an angry protest against a government that had arrogantly distanced itself from the American people, or whether it expressed a more general longing for a magical figure capable of quieting all our fears and answering all our prayers. The question is an urgent one, and it defines the task of the Clinton administration. Unless President Clinton can sustain the public faith in the practice as well as the theory of Democracy, it is possible that the idea of democratic self-government will come to be seen as a once noble experiment no longer adequate to the specifications of the twenty-first century. The several facets of this question come into brilliant focus in this important book by one of our most incisive social critics. No one who cares about the future of our nation should miss reading The Wish for Kings
Fortune's child by Lewis H Lapham( Book )

7 editions published between 1980 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

High technology & human freedom by Smithsonian Institution( Book )

11 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pretensions to empire : notes on the criminal folly of the Bush administration by Lewis H Lapham( Book )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At a time when the major media have been at their most passive and subservient, Lewis Lapham stands virtually alone among mainstream American journalists in having consistently seen through the fog of lies and narcissism surrounding the Bush administration from its earliest days in Washington. In bringing together Lapham's trenchant political commentaries from his National Magazine Award-winning Harper's "Notebook" column, Pretensions to Empire gives us a complete picture of a presidency whose ambition and abuses of power have led the United States down a precipitous path, culminating in Lapham's eloquent case for impeachment."--Jacket
Waiting for the barbarians by Lewis H Lapham( Book )

13 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lewis Lapham received the 1995 National Magazine Award for his essay writing in which the judges discovered 'an exhilarating point of view in an age of conformity'. With invective all the more deadly for its grace and wit, Lapham presents the portrait of a feckless American establishment gone large in the stomach and soft in the head. His acerbic remarks on the 1996 Presidential election take into account Steve Forbes' primary campaign, the non-candidacy of General Colin Powell, the comings and goings of Dick Morris, Senator Bob Dole's triumphant return to television as a pitchman for Air France, the building of Hillary Rodham Clinton's Potemkin village in Iowa, and the sublime vacuity of President Clinton's inaugural address
Imperial masquerade by Lewis H Lapham( Book )

4 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of essays and sketches which illuminate the political and cultural spectacle of the Reagan and post-Reagan years and interpret American manners and morals in our time. Grouped under the headings: Arts and letters ; politics and economics ; states and governments
The American ruling class( Visual )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the more unusual films to come out of America in recent years. The form is a 'dramatic-documentary-musical' and the content is our country's most taboo topic: class, power, and privilege in our supposedly democratic society
Hotel America : scenes in the lobby of the fin-de-siècle by Lewis H Lapham( Book )

8 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Hotel America, Lewis Lapham draws a portrait of a society at a loss to know what to think or make of itself at the end of a century once defined as America's own. His observations speak to the moral and intellectual confusions visited upon the American ruling elites - in the media and the universities as well as in business and government - during the years 1989-1995. The spectacle is both comic and sad, a march of folly that calls forth Lapham's unique range of talents as an essayist - clarity of mind, acerbic wit, a thorough knowledge of American history (both ancient and modern), a sense of the absurd, a gift for the apt word and memorable phrase. Drawn across a broad canvas of incidental and scene. Lapham's sketches take as their occasions events as different from one another as the wars in Panama and the Persian Gulf, the apotheosis of Richard Nixon and the transfiguration of O. J. Simpson, the grim inspections of the American soul conducted by the agents of both the pious left (no smoking cigarettes, no dirty water in the swimming pools, condoms in the schools) and the zealous right (no serial murders in the movies, no lesbians in the army, prayer in the schools), the media's use of history as wallpaper and elevator music, the dwindling significance of President Clinton (vanishing as mysteriously as the Cheshire cat) and the bombastic arrival of Newt Gingrich ("a man for all grievances"), the practice of swindling the stockholders and the art of changing gossip into news."--BOOK JACKET
Age of folly : America abandons its democracy by Lewis H Lapham( Book )

12 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and French and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"America's leading essayist on the frantic retreat of democracy, in the fire and smoke of the war on terror. In twenty-five years of imperial adventure, America has laid waste to its principles of democracy. The self-glorifying march of folly steps off at the end of the Cold War, in an era when delusions of omnipotence allowed the market to climb to virtual heights, while society was divided between the selfish and frightened rich and the increasingly debt-ridden and angry poor. The new millennium saw the democratic election of an American president nullified by the Supreme Court, and the pretender launching a wasteful, vainglorious and never-ending war on terror, doomed to end in defeat and the loss of America's prestige abroad. All this culminates in the sunset swamp of the 2016 election--a farce dominated by Donald Trump, a self-glorifying photo-op bursting star-spangled bombast in air. This spectacle would be familiar to Aristotle, whose portrayal of the "prosperous fool" describes a class of people who "consider themselves worthy to hold public office, for they already have the things that give them a claim to office.""--
30 satires by Lewis H Lapham( Book )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Widely celebrated for his political essays, Lewis Lapham is a satirist who belongs in the company of Ambrose Bierce, H.L. Mencken, and Mark Twain. Over the last twenty years he has experimented with satire in its several forms - as burlesque, pasquinade, invective, and deadpan jest. This first assemblage of Lapham's satires presents thirty pieces that hold their currency and humor against the tide of social and political change that has engulfed American society in recent times. He reduces to absurdity many of the topics of the day that are often treated portentously - Dickens' A Christmas Carol is retold to praise the virtues of remorseless greed; the hydrogen bomb is introduced as a solemn dinner guest who doesn't play tennis or speak English; gene banks take the form of well-trained pigs that accompany their wealthy owners in the first-class cabins of transatlantic jets."--Jacket
The Harper's index book by Lewis H Lapham( Book )

7 editions published between 1986 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lapham's rules of influence : a careerist's guide to success, status, and self-congratulation by Lewis H Lapham( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lapham is editor of Harper's magazine. Besides the witty, incisive pieces that he regularly contributes there, he has produced nearly a book a year over the past decade. Consistently lampooning privilege and all its trappings, he zeroes in on the cultural elite, the press, the publishing industry, educational institutions, and politicians of every stripe. He rearms himself here and takes aim again. This latest offering is a Swiftian self-help manual written for careerists, whom Lapham suggests are adept in the arts of deference and carry on the 'courtier spirit' that Tocqueville found flourishing when he traveled America. After a long introductory essay, Lapham offers aphoristic observations on subjects such as resumes ('the most important of literary forms'), cliches ('make unsparing use of them'), grant proposals ('remember to employ the word 'enhance''), and tact ('the deft careerist tends to swallow insults as if they were oysters served on silver trays'). Every page of Lapham's compact, acerbic guide contains a delight! - David Rouse; 224p-
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Gag rule : on the suppression of dissent and the stifling of democracy
Words that ring through time : from Moses and Pericles to Obama : fifty-one of the most important speeches in history and how they changed our worldUnderstanding media : the extensions of manAn American album : one hundred and fifty years of Harper's magazineTheater of warThe end of the worldFortune's childPretensions to empire : notes on the criminal folly of the Bush administrationWaiting for the barbarians
Alternative Names
Lapham, Lewis.

Lapham, Lewis 1935-

Lapham, Lewis H.

Lewis H. Lapham American journalist

Lewis H. Lapham Amerikaans journalist

Lewis H. Lapham periodista estadounidense

English (169)

French (2)

Spanish (1)