Current Reading: Age of Fracture by Daniel T. Rodgers published by Harvard University Press



My current reading is Age of Fracture by Daniel T. Rodgers. I’m facing the challenge of self-doubt as a reader. I’m swimming against a rough tide of my own ignorance, although Professor Rodgers writing is fluent and it’s meaning is easily comprehended, the historical periods covered are familiar to me, as I lived through most of them. Perhaps my own memory and the intellectually fine grained analysis of Professor Rodgers are in a low grade colflict? His grasp of a variety of topics is nothing short of encyclopedic and it is absorbing reading. I read about Age of Fracture in the TLS of July 29,2011 in a review by Michael O’Brien which prompted my purchase of the book.


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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.'
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