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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (4 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674064364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674064362
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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"I live in a different country than the one into which I was born in 1942. I have never been quite able to pinpoint exactly what makes it so different. More than any other book I've read in recent years, Age of Fracture, by the Princeton historian Daniel T. Rodgers, has helped me to discover and to understand that difference...His ability to explain complex ideas--the Coase theorem comes to mind--is exemplary. He is unapologetic about treating intellectuals, and even academics, as producers of ideas worth taking seriously. He has the ability, unusual for historians of our day, to engage directly in current debates and to write with the clarity of a future observer of these same events. Intellectual history is never that easy to do. An intellectual history of our own time is even harder to pull off. Rodgers has done it and done it well. Perhaps, then, this book will have the happy effect of bringing to an end the trends it brings to light. Rodgers writes about our descent into thinking small because he wants us to once again think big..." --Michael O'Brien, Times Literary Supplement, 29 July 2011

"A blend of commentary and contextualization, admirably judicious. Rodgers is an excellent anatomist. His forte is clarity. Once in a while, he delivers himself of an opinion that seems positively clairvoyant." --Alex Danchev, Times Higher Education, 31 October 2011

"Rodgers is onto something, and many of his observations are startling." --Corey Robin, London Review of Books, 25 October 2012

About the Author

Daniel T. Rodgers is Henry Charles Lea Professor of History at Princeton University.

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