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    • The Age of American Unreason

    • By: Susan Jacoby
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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".

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A very bad match!

    • By J. D. Portnoy on 03-18-13

    Regular price: $20.72

    • Why Baseball Matters

    • By: Susan Jacoby
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Baseball, first dubbed the "national pastime" in print in 1856, is the country's most tradition-bound sport. Despite remaining popular and profitable into the 21st century, the game is losing young fans. Furthermore, baseball's greatest charm - a clockless suspension of time - is also its greatest liability in a culture of digital distraction. These paradoxes are explored by the historian and passionate baseball fan Susan Jacoby in a book that is both a love letter to the game and a tough-minded analysis of the current challenges to its special position in American culture.

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Alger Hiss and the Battle for History

    • By: Susan Jacoby
    • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
    • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
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    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.

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Freethinkers

    • A History of American Secularism
    • By: Susan Jacoby
    • Narrated by: Rich Miller
    • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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    At a time when the separation of church and state is under attack as never before, Freethinkers offers a powerful defense of the secularist heritage that gave Americans the first government in the world founded not on the authority of religion but on the bedrock of human reason. In impassioned, elegant prose, celebrated author Susan Jacoby traces more than 200 years of secularist activism, beginning with the fierce debate over the omission of God from the Constitution.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Essential history of free thought in America

    • By Clark Savage,Jr. on 11-27-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Strange Gods

    • A Secular History of Conversion
    • By: Susan Jacoby
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wiley
    • Length: 19 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
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    In this original and riveting exploration, 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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Our own fabrications

    • By David E. Felker on 01-03-17

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The Great Agnostic

    • Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought
    • By: Susan Jacoby
    • Narrated by: Rich Miller
    • Length: 5 hrs
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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    A biography that restores America's foremost 19th-century champion of reason and secularism to our still contested 21st-century public square. During the Gilded Age, which saw the dawn of America's enduring culture wars, Robert Green Ingersoll was known as "the Great Agnostic". The nation's most famous orator, he raised his voice on behalf of Enlightenment reason, secularism, and the separation of church and state with a vigor unmatched since America's revolutionary generation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Marvelous

    • By tony on 08-09-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The New Yorker Festival - Religion and Politics

    • Separate but Equal?
    • By: Stephen L. Carter, Roberta Combs, Susan Jacoby, and others
    • Narrated by: Peter J. Boyer
    • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Peter J. Boyer, moderator. With Stephen L. Carter, Roberta Combs, Susan Jacoby, and Jim Towey. Peter J. Boyer has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992. Stephen L. Carter is a law professor at Yale University. He is the author of seven books on law, ethics, and politics.

    Regular price: $9.95

    • Sick and Tired of 'God Bless America'

    • By: Susan Jacoby
    • Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
    • Length: 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "Sick and Tired of 'God Bless America'" is from the US section of The New York Times. It was written by Susan Jacoby and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.

    Regular price: $0.95

    • Never Say Die

    • The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age
    • By: Susan Jacoby
    • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
    • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 16
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      4 out of 5 stars 8
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      4 out of 5 stars 8

    In a narrative that combines the intensely personal with social, economic, and historical analysis, Susan Jacoby turns an unsparing eye on the marketers of longevity - pharmaceutical companies, lifestyle gurus, and scientific businessmen who suggest that there will soon be a "cure" for the "disease" of aging.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • mixture of interesting info and liberal ideology

    • By John Burrus on 03-30-11

    Regular price: $27.99