Books by Richard Hofstadter

AMERICA AT 1750 by Richard Hofstadter
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 22, 1971

"Had he never written anything else, we would greatly regret his loss."
Professor Hofstadter, who died in 1970, intended this to be the first section of a three-volume "general interpretive synthesis of the findings of the past generation of professional historians" in American studies, to quote his proposal to the publisher. Read full book review >
AMERICAN VIOLENCE; A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY, by Richard Hofstadter
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 29, 1970

"If, as Hofstadter asserts, "the rediscovery of our violence will undoubtedly be one of the important intellectual legacies of the 1960's," then this is among the better places to linger over that legacy."
Richard Hofstadter lends his historian's craft to the rather popular task of anthologizing American violence, and whatever reservations one may have about collections of umpteen separate bloody incidents, the master's hand is evident throughout. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1969

"But specialists—noting, for one thing, that Hofstadter never explains exactly how the first parliamentary opposition was organized—will find mainly a bookmark, rather than a beacon, on a relatively neglected crisis-period."
In this lively study, Professor Hofstadter suggests that: the national elite passed a Constitution designed to prevent a voter-majority from coalescing and instituting democratic government, and also to disarm factional conflicts within the elite. Read full book review >
THE PROGRESSIVE HISTORIANS by Richard Hofstadter
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 18, 1968

"The book is, however, historiography rather than history in the usual sense, a limiting audience factor."
The "progressive historians" of America—for the purposes of this book, are Frederick Jackson Turner, Charles A. Beard, and V. L. Parrington. Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1968

"But as anthologizers they must how to Levitas (Culture and Consciousness, 1967) and Lindenfeld (Reader in Political Sociology, 1967), who excelled in delineating the issues and presenting a genuine diversity of selections."
How history can use sociology and vice versa strictly for specialists in both fields. Read full book review >
THE PARANOID STYLE IN AMERICAN POLITICS by Richard Hofstadter
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 15, 1965

"A respectable gathering."
Professor Hofstadter's last work, Anti-intellectualism in American Life. received the Pulitzer Prize and a few other choice awards. Read full book review >
ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM IN AMERICAN LIFE by Richard Hofstadter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 20, 1963

Thanks to Columbia University's Richard Hofstadter we have at last a fresh, forceful, fluent look from "the nether end" at various aspects of anti-intellectualism in America, past and present, and although it is self-styled a fragmentary rather than a formal study, the work is far-ranging, artfully approached and filled with a spirited, sensibility, without pedantry or polemic. Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1955

"It should not be slighted by any serious students of American history."
This is a major work, so don't sidetrack it as Just another superficial summary of the years through which we've lived. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 14, 1949

A learned reinterpretation of our political traditions, through studies of prominent Americans from Jefferson to Roosevelt- and their ideologies. Read full book review >