Secret Knowledge On the Dismantling of American Culture

ISBN-10: 1595230971

ISBN-13: 9781595230973

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Authors: David Mamet
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Description: The Pulitzer Prize–winning author and former liberal tackles the key issues of our timeFor the past thirty years, David Mamet has been a controversial and defining force in theater and film, championing the most cherished liberal values along the way. In some of the great movies and plays of our time, his characters have explored the ethics of the business world, embodied the struggles of the oppressed, and faced the flaws of the capitalist system.But in recent years Mamet has had a change of heart. He realized that the so-called mainstream media outlets he relied on were irredeemably biased, peddling a hypocritical and deeply flawed worldview. In 2008 he wrote a hugely controversial op-ed for The Village Voice, 'Why I Am No Longer a 'Brain-Dead Liberal,'' in which he methodically eviscerated liberal beliefs. Now he goes much deeper, employing his trademark intellectual force and vigor to take on all the key political and cultural issues of our times, from religion to political correctness to global warming.Mamet pulls no punches in his art or in his politics. And as a former liberal who woke up, he will win over an entirely new audience of others who have grown irate over America's current direction. 

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List price: $17.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/28/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

David Mamet, November 30, 1947 - David Mamet was born on November 30, 1947 in Flossmoor, Illinois. He attended Goddard College in Vermont and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in New York. He began his career as an actor and a director, but soon turned to playwriting. He won acclaim in 1976 with three Off-Broadway plays, "The Duck Variations," "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" and "American Buffalo." His work became known for it's strong male characters and the description of the decline of morality in the world. In 1984, Mamet received the Pulitzer Prize in Literature for his play, "Glengarry Glen Ross." In 1981, before he received the Pulitzer, Mamet tried his hand at screenwriting. he started by adapting "The Postman Always Rings Twice," and then adapting his own "Glengarry Glen Ross" as well as writing "The Untouchables" and Wag the Dog." He also taught at Goddard College, Yale Drama School and New York University. Mamet won the Jefferson Award in 1974, the Obie Award in 1976 and 1983, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award in 1977 and 1984, the Outer Circle Award in 1978, the Society of West End Theater Award in 1983, The Pulitzer Prize in 1984, The Dramatists Guild Hall-Warriner Award in 1984, and American Academy Award in 1986 and a Tony Award in 1987. He is considered to be one of the greatest artists in his field.

Preface
The Political Impulse
The American Reality
Culture, School Shootings, the Audience, and the Elevator
Alcatraz
Lost Horizon
The Music Man
Choice
The Red Sea
Chicago
Milton Friedman Explained
What Is "Diversity"?
The Monty Hall Problem and the Contractor
Maxwell Street
R100
The Intelligent Person's Guide to Socialism and Anti-Semitism
The Victim
Puritans
The Noble Savage
Adventure Slumming
Cabinet Spiritualism and the Car Czar
Rumpelstiltskin
My Father, Al Sharpton, and the Designated Criminal
Greed
Arrested Development
Oakton Manor and Camp Kawaga
Feminism
The Ashkenazis
Some Personal History
The Family
Naturally Evolved Institutions
Breatharian
The Street Sweeper and the Surgeon, or Marxism Examined
Self-Evident Truth
Hope and Change
The Small Refrigerator
Bumper Stickers
Late Revelations
Who Does One Think He Is?
The Secret Knowledge
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Index
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