Books by Gertrude Himmelfarb

Gertrude Himmelfarb Distinguished Professor Emeritus, City University (New York) Major Issues Lecture Series Topic: The Re-Moralization of Society Thursday, March 21, 1996 Gertrude Himmelfarb Topic: The Re-Moralization of Society — 39:22 RealAudi


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Released: April 7, 2006

"Erudite and scholarly and brimming with quotations—qualities that will appeal more to those who reside in academe than in Spoon River."
In an impressive array of pieces—all previously published, most substantially revised—a historian examines the moral views of novelists, politicians and philosophers. Read full book review >
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Released: Aug. 27, 2004

"All in all, a piffling and pet-peevish book, but sure to provoke merriment in cafes up and down the Champs Elysées."
Put down your freedom fries, citoyens, and pause in awe as right-wing historian Himmelfarb attempts to rescue the Enlightenment from the awful French. Read full book review >
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Released: Nov. 23, 1999

"Himmelfarb flirts with both sides of the distinction between sincerity and smugness."
This is what happens when a scholar becomes a culture warrior. Read full book review >
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Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"This is first-rate intellectual history, fully attentive to the social and political contexts."
The prominent historian of Victorian ideas here boldly links her scholarly research to contemporary cultural issues. Read full book review >
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Released: Feb. 15, 1994

"A powerful corrective."
In seven essays and addresses on postmodern thought, Himmelfarb (Emeritus, History/CUNY) becomes the conscience of contemporary intellectual life. Read full book review >
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Released: Sept. 11, 1991

"Himmelfarb concludes that, although the definition of poverty will change, there will always be a stable reservoir of poor requiring the social conscience, compassion, and charitable action exemplified by the later Victorians."
In this erudite, sweeping, and subtle study of attitudes toward the poor in late Victorian England, formidable intellectual historian Himmelfarb (The New History and the Old, 1987; The Idea of Poverty, 1984, etc.; History/CUNY) shows that she is as gifted with ``moral imagination'' as the philanthropists she so much admires. Read full book review >