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Arguing the World
Ideas are important. This century has seen a war--the Cold War--fought almost exclusively with ideas, and now we have the luxury of tracing them through all their twists and turns. Arguing the World follows four "New York intellectuals" from their radical socialist days in the 1930s through their successful careers and widely diverging political beliefs. Irving Howe, Daniel Bell, Nathan Glazer, and Irving Kristol were all strongly sympathetic with the international socialist struggle as young men, but by the time they arrived at City College they had lost faith in Stalin. Interviews and footage from 1930s protests, World War II, and the 1960s resurgence of radicalism show the intensity and the passion with which these men and their peers grappled with the ideas that would decide the fate of the world. From Howe's lifelong commitment to radical socialism to Kristol's neoconservatism that drove the Reagan-Thatcher revolution, we see brilliance and integrity in the face of anti-intellectualism, anti-Semitism, and generational differences. Arguing the World is a must for anyone who wants to understand the 20th century. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.