• The Devil’s Pleasure Palace

  • The Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of the West
  • By: Michael Walsh
  • Narrated by: Michael Walsh
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 09-29-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4.5 (149 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the aftermath of World War II, America stood alone as the world's premier military power. Yet its martial confidence contrasted vividly with its sense of cultural inferiority. Still looking to a defeated and dispirited Europe for intellectual and artistic guidance, burgeoning transnational elite in New York and Washington embraced not only the war's refugees but many of their ideas as well, and nothing has proven more pernicious than those of the Frankfurt School and its reactionary philosophy of "critical theory". At once overly intellectualized and emotionally juvenile, critical theory - like Pandora's box - released a horde of demons into the American psyche. When everything could be questioned, nothing could be real, and the muscular, confident empiricism that had just won the war gave way, in less than a generation, to a Central European nihilism celebrated on college campuses across the United States. In The Devil's Pleasure Palace, Michael Walsh looks at how critical theory took root in America and came to affect nearly every aspect of American life and society - and what can be done to stop it.
©2015 Michael Walsh (P)2015 Tantor
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By P Kevin Wells on 10-30-15

Magnificent

Walsh provides a devastating critique of critical theory in an interesting and intellectually robust fashion. Even those who embrace such notions should at least listen to this audio presentation.
Woven throughout are references to the foundational stories of Western civilization. It's more than just a dry diatribe against distant philosophical hair-splitting.

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By J. McDermott on 11-12-15

Profound!!

Best Book I've Read All Year! If your worried for the world there is an answer when you know your enemy...

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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By Amazon Customer on 02-05-18

This book changed my life

This book challenged a great deal of my thinking. It made me understand my liberal leanings and misunderstandings. It clarified much that was confusing to me, without realising. I immediately read it reread it and will do so again.

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