By Donald Meyer

the topic of Professor Meyer's awesome research matters the dissolution of the Protestant ethic, its dating to a normal failure of nerve in the American group, and the ensuing upward thrust of a pseudo-theology within the guise of a pseudo-psychology, as mirrored in the course of the paintings of sure "mind-cure" practitioners, from Mary Baker Eddy to Norman Vincent Peale. it's a topic mostly missed via intellectuals, and Professor Meyer, in taking it out of the area of the Reader's Digestor comparable habitations, has produced a true carrier, not just to sociology and political technology, disciplines within which he's rather well versed, but additionally to mass-culture and the obscure yet insidious ethos in the back of it. In describing what the sub-title states as "the American Quest for healthiness, Wealth, and private Power," Professor Meyer works from an ancient viewpoint, doesn't beat any drums nor trip any pastime horse; scholarly care and an in-depth generosity light up a couple of complex suggestions, whether or not they be "individualism," laissez-faire or the unusual function and effect of girls inside of society. His paintings is schematized but fluid, exhibiting how a means of ego-disintegration has sarcastically resulted out of the improperly understood non secular orientation of the prior and the anxiety-ridden non secular revival of the current. at the present time God "means" Adjustment.

—Virgina Kirkus, Kirkus Reviews

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