A 'Brain-Dead Liberal' Awakens

David Mamet's provocative new book, The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture, explores in greater length and considerably greater depth the themes he announced in his 2008 op-ed for the Village Voice, "Why I Am No Longer a 'Brain-Dead Liberal.'"  It comes complete with a bibliography of 117 books listing virtually every work relating to his topic.  The bibliography -- and Mamet's explication of the issues involved in his turn to conservatism -- is particularly impressive since Mamet says he "never knowingly talked with nor read the works of a Conservative before moving to Los Angeles, some eight years ago."  His friends introduced him to the works of Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek, Thomas Sowell, and Shelby Steele, as well as Whittaker Chambers' Witness, which led to a self-education that became a "virtual monomania" and resulted in this book.  The cover features blurbs by Steele, Victor Davis Hanson, and Melanie Phillips. The book consists of...(Read Full Article)