It has already been remarked in these pages that it has been left, by and large, to the political Left to write the recent history of American intellectual life.[1] Opponents of the Left and defectors from its many political factions may loom very large as figures of consequence in that history, and more than a few of these opponents and defectors have written the memoirs and autobiographies upon which so many recent histories of American intellectual life are based. But the actual histories and most of the analyses of these histories have been the work of academics who, in one degree or another, are the intellectual heirs of the New Left that achieved, in conjunction with the counterculture, such an immense and baleful influence on American life in the Sixties and that has remained a powerful—and now, alas, an institutionalized—force in both the culture and politics of the...


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