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Jacoby, Susan 1945-

Overview
Works: 41 works in 191 publications in 3 languages and 14,791 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Popular works  Miscellanea  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author
Classifications: E169.Z83, 973.91
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Most widely held works about Susan Jacoby
 
Most widely held works by Susan Jacoby
The age of American unreason by Susan Jacoby( Book )

22 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and Turkish and held by 2,763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: A cultural history of the last forty years, The Age of American Unreason focuses on the convergence of social forces-usually treated as separate entities-that has created a perfect storm of anti-rationalism. These include the upsurge of religious fundamentalism, with more political power today than ever before; the failure of public education to create an informed citizenry; and the triumph of video over print culture. Sparing neither the right nor the left, Jacoby asserts that Americans today have embraced a universe of "junk thought" that makes almost no effort to separate fact from opinion
Freethinkers : a history of American secularism by Susan Jacoby( Book )

15 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 1,861 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles two centuries of secularism in the United States, exploring this rich thread in American life and history and speculating on its continual role in society
Never say die : the myth and marketing of the new old age by Susan Jacoby( Book )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 1,694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the author of the bestselling The Age of American Unreason comes this critique of the myth that a radically new old age, unmarred by physical and mental infirmity, financial problems, or loneliness, awaits the baby-boom generation. In a narrative that combines the intensely personal with social, economic, and historical analysis, the author turns an eye on the marketers of longevity, pharmaceutical companies, lifestyle gurus, and scientific businessmen who suggest that there will soon be a "cure" for the "disease" of aging. She separates hype from realistic hope in an appraisal of subjects that include the explosion of Alzheimer's cases and the impact of possible cuts in Social Security. The book presents a critique of these modern practices promoting morally questionable and expensive illusions of thriving longevity
Wild justice : the evolution of revenge by Susan Jacoby( Book )

12 editions published between 1978 and 1988 in English and held by 1,058 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the assumptions underlying our concepts of criminal justice, and discusses the interaction of psychiatry with the courts
Inside Soviet schools by Susan Jacoby( Book )

18 editions published between 1974 and 1975 in 3 languages and held by 874 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The great agnostic : Robert Ingersoll and American freethought by Susan Jacoby( Book )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 843 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a biography that restores America's foremost nineteenth-century champion of reason and secularism to our still contested twenty-first-century public square. From the author of Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism comes a provocative portrait of Robert Green Ingersoll, known as "the Great Agnostic" and the foremost spokesman during America's Gilded Age for secularism and the separation of church and state. When he died in 1899, it was widely acknowledged that he might have aspired to the U.S. presidency had it not been for his antireligious views. Instead, he became the most passionate advocate for Enlightenment reason since the nation's founding. To the question that retains its divisive power -- was the United States founded as a Christian nation? -- Ingersoll answered an emphatic no. This erudite and entertaining account restores Ingersoll to his rightful place in an American intellectual tradition extending from Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine to the current generation of "new atheists." Jacoby illuminates the ways in which America's often-denigrated and forgotten secular history encompasses issues, including women's rights, immigration, racism, and evolution, that are as potent and divisive today as they were in Ingersoll's time. Ingersoll emerges in this portrait as one of the indispensable public figures who keeps an alternative version of history alive. He devoted his life to that greatest secular idea of all -- liberty of conscience belonging to the religious and nonreligious alike. - Jacket flap
Alger Hiss and the battle for history by Susan Jacoby( Book )

14 editions published between 1900 and 2010 in English and held by 706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Books on Whittaker Chambers and Alger Hiss abound, as countless scholars have labored to uncover the facts behind Chambers's shocking accusation before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in the summer of 1948, that Alger Hiss, a former rising star in the State Department, had been a Communist and engaged in espionage. In this work, the author turns her attention to the Hiss case, including his trial and imprisonment for perjury, as a mirror of shifting American political views and passions
Soul to soul : a Black Russian American family, 1865-1992 by Yelena Khanga( Book )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hilliard Golden (ca. 1875), of African descent, was a former slave who owned property in post-Civil War Mississippi. He was the father of ten children by two different wives. One of his children, Oliver Golden (1887-1940), became a member of the American Communist Party and fell in love with a young Jewish girl from Poland while they were both in a New York jail after a union demonstration in 1928. Bertha Bialek (1905-?) was the daughter of a Jewish Rabbi, Isaac Bailek, who had emigrated to New York shortly before World War I. Bertha married Oliver Golden in 1931 and that year they and a group of Afro-Americans traveled to the Soviet Union where they took up residence in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He died in 1940, partly from the effects of Stalin's reign of terror. Oliver and Bertha's daughter, Lily (1932- ) was born in Tashkent and eventually moved to Moscow where she met and married Abdullah Khanga, a Marxist revolutionary from Zanzibar. It was not a happy marriage and Abdullah returned to Zanzibar where he became to first vice-president of Tanzania. He was assassinated in 1965, three years after the birth of his and Lily's daughter, Yelena Khanga (1962- ). Yelena was born and raised in Moscow where she eventually went into journalism
Strange gods : a secular history of conversion by Susan Jacoby( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In a groundbreaking historical work that addresses religious conversion in the West from an uncompromisingly secular perspective, Susan Jacoby challenges the conventional narrative of conversion as a purely spiritual journey. From the transformation on the road to Damascus of the Jew Saul into the Christian evangelist Paul to a twenty-first-century "religious marketplace" in which half of Americans have changed faiths at least once, nothing has been more important in the struggle for reason than the right to believe in the God of one's choice or to reject belief in God altogether. Focusing on the long, tense convergence of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam--each claiming possession of absolute truth--Jacoby examines conversions within a social and economic framework that includes theocratic coercion (unto torture and death) and the more friendly persuasion of political advantage, economic opportunism, and interreligious marriage. Moving through time, continents, and cultures--the triumph of Christianity over paganism in late antiquity, the Spanish Inquisition, John Calvin's dour theocracy, Southern plantations where African slaves had to accept their masters' religion--the narrative is punctuated by portraits of individual converts embodying the sacred and profane. The cast includes Augustine of Hippo; John Donne; the German Jew Edith Stein, whose conversion to Catholicism did not save her from Auschwitz; boxing champion Muhammad Ali; and former President George W. Bush. The story also encompasses conversions to rigid secular ideologies, notably Stalinist Communism, with their own truth claims. Finally Jacoby offers a powerful case for religious choice as a product of the secular Enlightenment. In a forthright and unsettling conclusion linking the present with the most violent parts of the West's religious past, she reminds us that in the absence of Enlightenment values, radical Islamists are persecuting Christians, many other Muslims, and atheists in ways that recall the worst of the Middle Ages."--Jacket
Moscow conversations by Susan Jacoby( Book )

5 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The possible she by Susan Jacoby( Book )

1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Your feet don't have to hurt : a woman's guide to lifelong foot care by Suzanne M Levine( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Did you know that the foot is the only part of a woman's body that naturally loses fat as she gets older, resulting in the potential for greater foot pain as a woman ages? Discover ways to combat this loss and countless other secrets of women's foot care
The age of American unreason by Susan Jacoby( Recording )

12 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Combining historical analysis with contemporary observation, Susan Jacoby dissects a new American cultural phenomenon--the addiction to infotainment, from television to the Internet, which has resulted in a lazy and credulous public
Never say die : [the myth and marketing of the new old age] by Susan Jacoby( Recording )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a narrative that combines the intensely personal with social, economic, and historical analysis, Susan Jacoby turns an unsparing eye on the pharmaceutical companies, lifestyle gurus, and scientific businessmen who suggest that there will soon be a 'cure' for the 'disease' of aging. She separates wishful hype from realistic hope in a wide-ranging appraisal of subjects that include the explosion of Alzheimer's cases and the impact of possible cuts in Social Security
Alger Hiss and the battle for history by Susan Jacoby( )

10 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Susan Jacoby, the bestselling author of The Age of American Unreason, examines the trial and imprisonment of Alger Hiss and the reactions of commentators on both ends of the political spectrum in the years since
The friendship barrier: ten Russian encounters by Susan Jacoby( Book )

6 editions published in 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Soul to soul : a Black Russian Jewish woman's search for her roots by Yelena Khanga( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Strange gods : a secular history of conversion by Susan Jacoby( Recording )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Susan Jacoby argues that conversion, especially in the free American 'religious marketplace,' is too often viewed only within the conventional and simplistic narrative of personal reinvention and divine grace. Instead, the author places conversions within a secular social context that has, at various times, included the force of a unified church and state, desire for upward economic mobility, and interreligious marriage
Geotrivia space by Juliette Underwood( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Geotrivia world by Juliette Underwood( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The age of American unreason
Alternative Names
Susan Jacoby Amerikaans journaliste

Susan Jacoby US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin und Journalistin

سوزان جکوبی ژورنالیست و نویسنده آمریکایی

സൂസൻ ജകോബി

Languages
English (161)

Swedish (2)

Turkish (1)

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Freethinkers : a history of American secularismNever say die : the myth and marketing of the new old ageAlger Hiss and the battle for historyYour feet don't have to hurt : a woman's guide to lifelong foot careThe age of American unreasonNever say die : [the myth and marketing of the new old age]Alger Hiss and the battle for historySoul to soul : a Black Russian Jewish woman's search for her roots