“Intimidatingly intelligent.”

– George Will –

"One of America's most discerning cultural critics."

– Prof. Gerard V. Bradley, Notre Dame Law School –

"A gifted writer with a vast sweep of knowledge and resources that are all marshaled in her argumentation."

– Our Sunday Visitor –

“One of America’s premiere social analysts.”

– George Weigel, Ethics and Public Policy Center –

"Mary Eberstadt is one of America's most compelling and vibrant thinkers."

– Russell Moore, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention –

“One of the most creative social observers of our time.”

Prof. Francis Fukuyama, Stanford University 

"Eberstadt marries brilliant analytical power with wry wit."

– The Washington Times –

“One of America’s foremost public intellectuals."

– John Stonestreet, the Colson Center –

“No theorist of secularization has come close to Eberstadt in sociological insight or explanatory power.”

– Prof. Mary Ann Glendon, Harvard Law School –

"One of America's most discerning cultural critics."

– Gerard V. Bradley –

“Mary Eberstadt is our premier analyst of American cultural foibles and follies, with a keen eye for oddities that illuminate just how strange the country’s moral culture has become.”

– George Wiegel –

“One of the most creative social observers of our time.”

– Francis Fukuyama –

"A gifted writer with a vast sweep of knowledge and resources that are all marshaled in her argumentation."

– Our Sunday Visitor –

“Intimidatingly intelligent.”
– George Will –
"Mary Eberstadt is one of America's most compelling and vibrant thinkers."

– Russell Moore –

"Eberstadt marries brilliant analytical power with wry wit."

– The Washington Times –

“No theorist of secularization has come close to Eberstadt in sociological insight or explanatory power.”

Mary Ann Glendon

“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.”

Latest Release!

Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics

A bitter divisiveness afflicts America. To act “with malice toward none, with charity toward all” has become a faded ideal as citizens silo themselves into hyper-partisan tribes defined by politics, race, gender, and sexuality. The rancor of news pundits, the incivility of social media, and the storm of opposition to free speech on college campuses are symptoms of a fraying social fabric familiar to anyone with even a casual eye on current affairs.

Explanations of this discord have been offered from many quarters but have failed to get at its roots. To the dispassionate observer, the hostility between “tribes” seems simply irrational. But Mary Eberstadt, accomplished essayist and cultural critic, may have gotten to the bottom of it. Applying her peerless lens of analysis, she argues that the rise of identity politics is a direct result of the collapse of the family.

Her logic—backed by startling new data—runs as follows: humans from time immemorial have forged their identities within the structure of the traditional family. The family, in a real sense, is the first tribe. But with the decline of the family, generations of people have been set adrift and lack a firm sense of who they are. To fill the void, they shape their identity according to their membership in a politicized group, and their seemingly constant fury is, in fact, a primal scream for the familial root system of which they have been deprived.

Advance Praise for Primal Screams

“A well-researched, powerfully argued, and profound account of the deepest sources of our current cultural crises. Wise and courageous, Mary Eberstadt has written an indispensable book for understanding our time.”

Leon R. Kass, professor emeritus, Committee on Social Thought, The University of Chicago

“Some basic questions of identity have overtaken Western politics in the 21st century, and before they can be addressed, they must be understood. With her characteristic clarity and breadth of learning, 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 a deeply thought-provoking reflection on human nature and the fate of our republic.”

Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand 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, Distinguished Senior Fellow and William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies, Ethics and Public Policy Center

“In Primal Screams, 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 — a loss that human beings of modern times have suffered, but of which we have been almost entirely unaware. Until now.”

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

Reviews of Primal Screams

Primal Screams is and should be controversial. It is also quite brilliant. I can think of few books in recent memory that eschew academic and journalistic orthodoxy in as cutting and well defended a way. Anyone interested in the roots of our current identity-driven dilemmas would be remiss in not reading it.”

David Marcus,  The Federalist

“An incredibly influential, intellectual, precise commentary about current culture, philosophy, and the fate of the post-modern man.”

Jonathan Van Maren, LifeSite News

“Eberstadt’s work is not only for conservatives but also for everyone who thinks about contemporary society….”

–Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review


The Conway Daily Sun

A compelling thesis, deftly defended.” 

Peter Leithart, Theopolis Institute

“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

“Mary Eberstadt’s thesis is exactly right, and she backs it up with evidence.”

Luma Simms, Public Discourse

“Mary Eberstadt manages the nearly impossible: finding something new—and worthwhile—to say about identity politics….If we see more books about identity politics in the near future, and doubtless we will, they will have to grapple with Eberstadt’s argument, and take a look through the lens she provides.”

Phil Jeffery, Washington Free Beacon

“What Primal Screams does so masterfully is to hold up a mirror to our own cultural collapse and point a laser beam right at the heart of the problem….”

Ashley McGuire, Institute for Family Studies

Eberstadt deserves accolades for giving us this thoughtful, compassionate, and ruthlessly honest volume.”

Jeff McAlister, Longview News-Journal

“Sympathetic and persuasive.”

R.R. Reno, First Things

The difficulty isn’t that Eberstadt’s thesis is wrong; it’s that it is very, very right.

Hannah Anderson, Christianity Today

“Eberstadt is a shrewd, thoughtful analyst of our culture, and scrutinizes her subject through a nonpartisan lens….Primal Screams is, then, important for readers of all political and ideological complexions.”

Madeline Fry, Washington Examiner

I wait for Mary Eberstadt’s books the way some people used to wait for the next Harry Potter installment.”

Fr. John Hollowell, Pastor of Annunciation and St. Paul’s Catholic Church

Primal Screams provides a cogent, prophetic take on how and why it is that so many well-educated, materially well-off people…do not seem to know who they are.”

Black Christian News Network

One of our most perceptive cultural analysts.”

Gene Veith, Patheos

Vintage Eberstadt: clearly argued with conviction…This is a good and helpful book, and the responses of Dreher and company are thought-provoking and constructive….[S]he offers us a model for how political discussion should be pursued.

Dr. Carl Trueman, The Gospel Coalition

Recent Books

How the West Really Lost God

“Absolutely brilliant.”George Weigel

“Stunning.”Rod Dreher

“Strikes far deeper into reality than any rival argument in the field.”Michael Novak


Adam and Eve After the Pill

“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


The Last Homily

“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


It’s Dangerous to Believe

“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


The Loser Letters

“…[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

Home-Alone America

“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


Recent Articles

Mary Eberstadt on What Plagues the West

Public Discourse is launching a new feature where we interview leading intellectuals to learn more about their work and what it means for the challenges we face today. Recently our Founder and Editor-in-Chief virtually sat down with Mary Eberstadt to discuss the...

Trudeau, Buttigieg, Harris, Yang: Identity Politics Eats its Own

The most woke politician on the planet finds his re-election campaign rocked by an apparent penchant for dark makeup. An Indian-African-American presidential hopeful tries to ride identity politics into office—only to find that her record on issues like truancy and...

The Lure of Androgyny

As the recent furor over “drag queen story hour” in public libraries goes to show, many people—mainly, many older people who themselves grew up in a less cumulatively fractured time—have found the proliferating of “gender identities” to be the most baffling phenomenon...

Goodbye to “So What?”

The case for American nationalism is clear. The United States is the most diverse nation on earth. If we will not have a nation and its constitution, then we will have anarchy. If we will not have a nation and its constitution, we will have Hobbesian war, figuratively...

Understanding the ‘Pop’ in Populism

The collapse in August of Italy’s latest governing coalition underscores once more the unexpected power of populism across the nations of the West. Central to this latest roiling is the desire to sideline Matteo Salvini, leader of right-wing populism, and to replace...

Featured Essays

Eminem and Gandhi Are Right

The 45th annual March for Life in Washington arrives on the heels of one more Pew survey about declining faith—this latest indicating that only 4-in-10 Millennials think of Christmas as a religious holiday. All of which raises a new question for those gathering on the...

The Zealous Faith of Secularism

HOW THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION BECAME A DOGMA Begin with a sobering fact. During the past ten years, some of the sharpest observers of our time have come to believe that the tectonic plates underlying Western civilization have shifted momentously. One result is a deep,...

The New Intolerance

In November, Cardinal Walter Kasper gave a speech at the Catholic University of America in which he said, “Mercy has become the theme of [Pope Francis’s] pontificate. . . . With this theme, Pope Francis has addressed countless individuals, both within and without the...

Is Food the New Sex?

Of all the truly seismic shifts transforming daily life today — deeper than our financial fissures, wider even than our most obvious political and cultural divides — one of the most important is also among the least remarked. That is the chasm in attitude that...

The Vindication of Humanae Vitae

That Humanae Vitae and related Catholic teachings about sexual morality are laughingstocks in all the best places is not exactly news. Even in the benighted precincts of believers, where information from the outside world is known to travel exceedingly slowly,...

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