Cultural amnesia : America's future and the crisis of memory

Bertman, Stephen

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  • Creator Stephen Bertman
  • Format Books
  • Publication Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2000.
  • Physical Details
    • 176 pages ; 25 cm
  • ISBNs 9780275962302, 027596230X
  • OCLC ocm42021557


  • "Applying the metaphor of Alzheimer's disease to our national state of mind, Bertman offers a chilling prognosis for our country's future unless radical steps for recovery are taken. He offers psychological insights into the nature of memory with perspectives on the meaning and future of democracy. With compelling evidence, the book demonstrates that cultural amnesia, like Alzheimer's disease, is an insidiously progressive and debilitating illness that is eating away at America's soul. Rather than superficially blaming memory loss on a failed educational system, Bertman looks beyond the classroom to the larger social forces that conspire to alienate Americans from their past: a materialistic creed that celebrates transience and disposability, and an electronic faith that worships the present to the exclusion of all other dimensions of time."--BOOK JACKET.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages [161]-172) and index.
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