Friday, February 15, 2008

Dumb Americans

I want to read this book:

The Age of American Unreason, by Susan Jacoby

Her story of what prompted her to write the book is priceless:

NYTimes: Dumb and Dumber: Are Americans Hostile to Knowledge?

Ms. Jacoby, [] the author of seven other books, [] was a fellow at the library when she first got the idea for this book back in 2001, on 9/11.

Walking home to her Upper East Side apartment, she said, overwhelmed and confused, she stopped at a bar. As she sipped her bloody mary, she quietly listened to two men, neatly dressed in suits. For a second she thought they were going to compare that day’s horrifying attack to the Japanese bombing in 1941 that blew America into World War II:

“This is just like Pearl Harbor,” one of the men said.

The other asked, “What is Pearl Harbor?”

“That was when the Vietnamese dropped bombs in a harbor, and it started the Vietnam War,” the first man replied.

At that moment, Ms. Jacoby said, “I decided to write this book.”

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