Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today's Students by Allan Bloom

Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today's Students

Book Title: Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today's Students

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 1451683200

Release Date: 2012-04-03

Author: Allan Bloom


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