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Jacoby, Susan 1945-

Works: 27 works in 191 publications in 5 languages and 14,847 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Personal narratives 
Roles: Author
Classifications: E169.Z83, 973.91
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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 2,746 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 1,852 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 1,681 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Susan Jacoby, an unsparing chronicler of unreason in American culture, now offers an impassioned, tough-minded critique of the myth that a radically new old age--unmarred by physical or mental deterioration, financial problems, or intimate loneliness--awaits the huge baby boom generation. Combining historical, social, and economic analysis with personal experiences of love and loss, Jacoby turns a caustic eye not only on the modern fiction that old age can be "defied" but also on the sentimental image of a past in which Americans supposedly revered their elders. Never Say Die unmasks the fallacies promoted by twenty-first-century hucksters of longevity--including health gurus claiming that boomers can stay "forever young" if they only live right, self-promoting biomedical businessmen predicting that ninety may soon become the new fifty and that a "cure" for the "disease" of aging is just around the corner, and wishful thinkers asserting that older means wiser. The author offers powerful evidence that America has always been a "youth culture" and that the plight of the neglected old dates from the early years of the republic. Today, as the oldest boomers turn sixty-five, it is imperative for them to distinguish between marketing hype and realistic hope about what lies ahead for the more than 70 million Americans who will be beyond the traditional retirement age by 2030. This wide-ranging reappraisal examines the explosion of Alzheimer's cases, the uncertain economic future of aging boomers, the predicament of women who make up an overwhelming majority of the oldest--and poorest--old, and the illusion that we can control the way we age and die. Jacoby raises the fundamental question of whether living longer is a good thing unless it means living better. Her book speaks to Americans, whatever their age, who draw courage and hope from facing reality instead of embracing that oldest of delusions, the fountain of youth. --- Book Jacket
Wild justice : the evolution of revenge by Susan Jacoby( Book )

13 editions published between 1978 and 1988 in English and held by 1,046 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 870 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 841 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
Strange gods : a secular history of conversion by Susan Jacoby( Book )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 730 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
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 687 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
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 )

5 editions published between 1979 and 1981 in English and Spanish and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 - one that is at odds with our heritage of Enlightenment reason and with modern, secular knowledge and science. With mordant wit, Jacoby surveys an antirationalist landscape extending from pop culture to a pseudo-intellectual universe of "junk thought
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 230 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( )

12 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 102 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

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

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 58 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
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 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Notes of a revolutionary by Andreĭ Amalʹrik( Book )

6 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The memoirs of one of the founders of the Soviet Democratic Movement in the 1960s
Skolen i Sovjet by Susan Jacoby( Book )

3 editions published in 1978 in 3 languages and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last men on top by Susan Jacoby( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How fabulous was life for men in the 1950s and early 1960s? How real is the world depicted by a television show like Mad Men: a world where visibly successful males, so long as they supported their families and contributed to their firms' profitability, could have midday liaisons, impregnate secretaries, and pimp for clients with impunity? In this engaging, witty, and insightful reappraisal, Susan Jacoby challenges both versions of the story--narratives that either romanticize or demonize men's lives back in the good or bad (you choose) old days. She suggests that there were hidden economic and psychological costs that made this "Rat Pack" reality a fantasy, and she also shows why this illusion still holds sway in the worldview of many (including Republicans and social conservatives such as Mitt Romney) who continue to cherish, long for, and advocate for the days when a family lived on the man's paycheck, and the woman stayed at home where she belonged
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The age of American unreason
Alternative Names
Susan Jacoby Amerikaans journaliste

Susan Jacoby journaliste américaine

Susan Jacoby periodista estadounidense

Susan Jacoby US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin und Journalistin

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سوزان جکوبی ژورنالیست و نویسنده آمریکایی

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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 historyThe 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