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Fear Itself


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Ira Katznelson is Columbia University's Interim Provost, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, and Deputy Director of Columbia World Projects. Having served as president of the American Political Science Association, he is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He is also the author of When Affirmative Action Was White and Fear Itself, winner of the Bancroft Prize in History (2014).


"Engrossing... It is an exhilarating pleasure to lose yourself in this old-fashioned example of original historical scholarship. Fear Itself is a sprawling, ambitious book that offers illuminating insights on nearly every page. Among Katznelson's gifts is the one most valuable to readers and most in danger of extinction in the American academy: He writes clear, energetic prose without a whiff of academic jargon or pretension... Entertaining and enlightening." -- Robert G. Kaiser - Washington Post "Ambitious, fascinating, and slightly dark... [Katznelson's] account of how a belief in the common good gave way to a central government dominated by interest-group politics and obsessed with national security." -- Louis Menand - New Yorker "Brilliant." -- Scott Lemieux - American Prospect "An excellent work of synthesis about the political and economic terms of the New Deal... Powerful and well-paced ... anyone wanting an intelligent guide to the ideas that still shape its place in our own fractious times should begin by reading this book." -- Duncan Kelly - Financial Times "A provocative look at how modern America-created three-quarters of a century ago by the very Southern barons who were so important a part of the New Deal -was shaped. We think of history as a settled thing, tucked safely in a faraway past. This book is a reminder of how very surprising it can be." -- David Shribman - Boston Globe

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