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Anxiety of Influence

A Baker’s Dozen Awe-Inspiring Cultural and Intellectual Histories

[Editor’s Note: Today’s guest post comes from George Cotkin, Professor of Postwar United States Intellectual and Cultural History, California Polytechnic State University. Enjoy! – TL] How often are we both propelled and burdened by great works of cultural and intellectual history? They serve as our models; they sing with their insight, style, and grace. On my desk I have arranged a lucky thirteen titles. They mock me often and they make me want to stop my own work and read them. They are books that I admire, that I wish I had written. They all deal with topics in our Read more