“Truth may be unwanted, inconvenient, resented, mocked in all the best places—even harassed, suppressed, and forced underground. But that does not make it anything other than truth.”
Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics
Her logic—backed by startling new data—runs as follows: humans from time immemorial have forged their identities within elemental structures of kinship. Today, following decades of social shocks like family shrinkage and widespread breakdown, generations of people have been deprived of the building blocks of identity itself. This dispossession, argues Eberstadt, propels the increasingly frantic flight to membership in identitarian groups. The seemingly constant fury is, in fact, a primal scream for the familial root system of which many have been deprived.
Praise for Primal Screams
“A well-researched, powerfully argued, and profound account of the deepest sources of our current cultural crises… an indispensable book for understanding our time.”
Leon R. Kass, professor emeritus, Committee on Social Thought, The University of Chicago
“Mary Eberstadt offers a powerfully persuasive guide to why we are beset by these challenges, and how to take them on.”
Yuval Levin, editor of National Affairs
“Primal Screams is and should be controversial. It is also quite brilliant.”
David Marcus, The Federalist
“Primal Screams is a deeply thought-provoking reflection on human nature and the fate of our republic.”
Mary Ann Glendon, Professor of Law, Harvard University
“Mary Eberstadt proves, yet again, that she is one of America’s most insightful — as well as compassionate — analysts.”
George Weigel, Ethics and Public Policy Center
“Mary Eberstadt responds to the deepest cries of the wounded souls of our time. Read it and share it.”
Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Institute
“Mary Eberstadt understands ‘identity politics’ better than its practitioners — and any of its critics to date. She takes seriously the question of why so many people feel a need for the sense of belonging that identity politics seeks to provide. Her answer is terrifying…”
Tod Lindberg, author of The Heroic Heart: Greatness Ancient and Modern
“It is scarcely a foregone conclusion that our society will return to sanity on questions of sexual morality and marriage. But if we do, then prophets like Mary Eberstadt will be celebrated in song and story.”
Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University
“I can’t recommend Eberstadt’s books on these matters enough.”
Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review
“A compelling thesis, deftly defended.”
Peter Leithart, Theopolis Institute
“An incredibly influential, intellectual, precise commentary about current culture, philosophy, and the fate of the post-modern man.”
Jonathan Van Maren, LifeSite News
“One of our most perceptive cultural analysts.”
Gene Veith, Patheos
“Mary Eberstadt’s thesis is exactly right…”
Luma Simms, Public Discourse
“Sympathetic and persuasive.”
R.R. Reno, First Things
“Una de las grandes estudiosas sobre los devastadores efectos de la revolución sexual, en curso en Occidente desde los años 60, sobre la familia y la persona.”
Alberto Frigerio, Tempi
“Important for readers of all political and ideological complexions.”
Madeline Fry, Washington Examiner
“Primal Screams provides a cogent, prophetic take…”
“Vintage Eberstadt: clearly argued with conviction… She offers us a model for how political discussion should be pursued.”
Dr. Carl Trueman, The Gospel Coalition
“Brilliant, serious work of the kind we’ve needed for decades.” – Joseph Bottum
“In this concise, elegantly written book, Mrs. Eberstadt marries brilliant analytical power with wry wit.” – The Washington Times
“I hope [this book] will be a means of grace for people who did not know Fr. Arne personally and a fond reminder of his spiritual legacy for those of us who did” – Leonard A. Leo
“Mary Eberstadt has done a great service… In these conversations Fr. Arne practically leaps off the page.” – Fr. Paul Scalia
“A powerful new manifesto.” – Robert P. George
“A tour de force, essential reading.” – Jonathan Last, The Weekly Standard
“Eberstadt is a superb analyst. Her hypothesis—carefully demonstrated and ringing true—is that secular progressivism is not just a political ideology; it is a competing faith, a religion.“ — Public Discourse
“…[C.S.] Lewis now has a rival: The Loser Letters, by Mary Eberstadt…this is witty and wicked satire.” – Scot McKnight
“Eberstadt brilliantly defends the faith from radical New Atheism with wit and humor….more than a match for Hitchens and Dawkins and their flying spaghetti monster.” – Matthew Archbold, National Catholic Register
“Home-Alone America is a fine first salvo in what may be a changed war.” – Kelly Jane Torrance, Washington Times
“A book that should be read by every concerned parent, pastor, and policy maker.” – R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
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