By Alex Beam

This day the classics of the western canon, written by means of the proverbial useless white males, are cannon fodder within the tradition wars. yet within the Fifties and Sixties, they have been a popular culture phenomenon. the good Books of Western Civilization, fifty-four volumes selected by means of intellectuals on the collage of Chicago, all started as an academic circulation, and developed right into a winning advertising thought. Why did 1000000 American families purchase books through Hippocrates and Nicomachus from door-to-door salesmen? and the way and why did the nice books fall out of favor? In an exceptional proposal on the Time Alex Beam explores the good Books mania, in an unique and unusually poignant portrait of yankee pop culture at the threshold of the tv age. Populated with memorable characters, a very good proposal on the Time will go away readers asking themselves: Have I learn Lucretiuss De Rerum Natura in recent times? If now not, why no longer?

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