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Ratner-Rosenhagen, Jennifer. American Nietzsche: a history of an icon and his ideas
CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. 49.10 (June 2012): p1889. From Literature Resource Center.
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Ratner-Rosenhagen, Jennifer. American Nietzsche: a history of an icon and his ideas. Chicago, 2012. 452p bibl index afp ISBN 0226705811, $30.00; ISBN 9780226705811, $30.00

"Nietzsche is us," the philosopher and classicist Allan Bloom pronounced. This judgment informs historian Ramer-Rosenhagen's powerful study of the influence of the German philosopher's ideas and persona on Americans during his lifetime and throughout the 20th century. That influence spread well beyond academic circles to include men of letters and religion, as well as others interested in what the brilliant but ultimately insane thinker from across the Atlantic was trying to impart. What Nietzsche wrote in his native language defied definitive interpretation; translation muddied the waters. Did his thoughts reflect sheer iconoclasm or values properly understood? Did they espouse the freedom or the brutality of the Ubermensch? Was he an anti-Semite or an anti-anti-Semite? And what exactly did he mean when he declared that God was dead? As Ramer-Rosenhagen (Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison) points out, the diverse interpretations of his complex ideas depended on both who was construing Nietzsche and what was transpiring in American life at a particular time. Thanks to the author's close reading and nuanced opinions, supported by 50 pages of notes and another 50 pages of bibliography, she has given us an American Nietzsche for all seasons. Summing Up: Highly recommended. *** General collections, graduate students, faculty.--R. Muccigrosso, emeritus, Brooklyn College, CUNY

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Muccigrosso, R. "Ratner-Rosenhagen, Jennifer. American Nietzsche: a history of an icon and his ideas." CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, June 2012, p. 1889. Literature Resource Center, http%3A%2F%2Flink.galegroup.com%2Fapps%2Fdoc%2FA291615608%2FLitRC%3Fu%3Dwisc_madison%26sid%3DLitRC%26xid%3Db36cccfa. Accessed 15 Oct. 2018.

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