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The Book

"This anthology will be a distressing but worthwhile read for those who believe traditional American values are endangered and must be preserved." 

—Publisher's Weekly




Since Allan Bloom’s 1987 book The Closing of the American Mind, which detailed a decadent shift in intellectual values, the United States has experienced unprecedented wealth, rising college enrollments, and miraculous advances in technology. Yet, by all measures, citizens have meager knowledge, low skills, fading civic interest, and abundant distractions. The American mind is more closed than ever before. 

In The State of the American Mind, Mark Bauerlein, Adam Bellow, and a group of renowned intellectuals lay bare the root causes and deleterious effects of the decline in fifteen original essays. The result is a powerful assessment of our present debility and a foretelling of what we may yet become.