New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1965. First edition. Octavo, original decorated navy cloth, yellow top edge, uncut, original dust jacket. Owner signature. Mild toning to spine, open tear at the head of the spine, short closed edge tears, not affecting lettering. A near-fine copy. Item #514
"ANTI-CATHOLICISM HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE PORNOGRAPHY OF THE PURITAIN" First edition of this landmark dissection of the American political psyche, in an excellent example of the original dust jacket. Richard Hofstadter's follow-up to the Pulitzer prize-winning "Anti-Intellectualism in American Life" (1963) is divided into two sections (Part I. Studies in the American Right, and Part II. Some Problems of the Modern Era) and features seven essays, including: The Paranoid Style in American Politics, The Pseudo-Conservative Revolt - 1954, Pseudo-Conservatism Revisited -1965, Goldwater and Pseudo-Conservative Politics. Hofstadter chronicles the enduring national fixation on "the central preconception of the paranoid style--the existence of a vast, insidious, preternaturally effective international network designed to perpetrate acts of the most fiendish character." This copy bears the discrete signature of Justin Kaplan, likely the literary biographer famed for his studies of Walt Whitman and Mark Twain. With Hofstadter's Dedication, to a Columbia University colleague ("To the Memory of Harry Carman), and Introduction, dated "R.H./June 1965." Typography, binding, and jacket design by Warren Chappel. A bright, pleasing first edition of an American classic.