Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Todd Gitlin's most important books

Todd Gitlin is the author of 13 books and articles in numerous periodicals. A regular contributor to TPMcafe.com, he is currently a professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University.

His latest book is The Bulldozer and the Big Tent: Blind Republicans, Lame Democrats, and the Recovery of American Ideals.

Gitlin recently told Newsweek about his five most important books.

And he addressed two other book-related issues:

A classic book that, upon rereading, disappointed:

The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann. The grand debates about the meaning of the 20th century have gone flat and musty.

A book you hope parents will read to their children:

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Read it slowly. This is no trifle.

Read about Gitlin's most important books.

--Marshal Zeringue