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In Defense of Elitism


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William A. Henry III was a culture critic for Time magazine whose writing earned two Pulizer Prizes: one in 1980 for criticism and one he shared in 1975 for coverage of school desegregation in Boston. His books include Visions of America, Jack Benny: The Radio and Television Years, The Great One: The Life and Legend of Jackie Gleason, and In Defense of Elitism. Mr. Henry passed away in June 1994.


"A passionate yet reasoned argument for the proposition that some people simply contribute more to society than others. It challenges head-on the presumptions and platitudes of government, academia, and even private industry." -- The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

"A wide-ranging, free-swinging commentary that will raise the hackles of nearly everyone." -- New York Times. "Bracing... eloquent testimony that what killed liberalism in this country is a deeply misguided egalitarianism." -- The New York Times Book Review.

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