A beautifully written, trenchant, and moving memoir, When Marx Mattered follows Harold J. Bershadyas odyssey from childhood through his coming of intellectual age. The wounds and pleasures of his childhood include fear of Nazis, poverty, the joys and constraints of Jewishness, his caring family and love of music, and the confusion surrounding World War II. In this book, Bershady describes his teenage encounter with Marxism and how it provided some understanding of the world and hope for peace. Bershady gives us a serious portrayal of the evolution of scholarly judgment, but also a social history of the second half of the twentieth century, refracted through the authoras own experiences in which Jewish Americans played an important but under-appreciated part. Along the way, the author corrects the misapprehension that Jewish or non-Jewish American political radicals only evolve into conservatives. Through his own mistakes and hard-won lessons, Bershady shows the power, importance, and morality that intellectual standards play in enabling an intellectual to achieve sound and fair judgments. Bershady firmly believes that his achievements in the social sciences are grounded in the fact that he also studied philosophy, literature, and historyaall of which immeasurably deepened his understanding of social life. The generational portrait in this book is both an homage to those who preceded him and a hope for educational broadening of social science in the generation to come.When I told my father I hadbeen reading theManifesto, he said theessay was important, and hewasgladI was reading it;Marxhad a ... Monroe Doctrine, I said, didnotonly aim to provide ahemispheric protection and solidarity, a asthat highsoundinganbsp;...
|Title||:||When Marx Mattered|
|Author||:||Harold J. Bershady|
|Publisher||:||Transaction Publishers - 2014-06-15|