The Last Innocent White Man in America

And Other Writings

“Essays with everything that counts: wisdom, passion, and most of all, the generosity of great criticism” (San Francisco Chronicle), on everything from Nixon’s secret love affair with Elvis to the Reagan gerontocracy’s “theology of greed” to assessments of writers as diverse as Toni Morrison and Gunter Grass

“An engaging collection of civilized essays about cultural uplift and decline.” —The Progressive

Far more than simple political commentary, The Last Innocent White Man in America is a passionate marriage of politics and literature that transcends the daily headlines to get at how we imagine ourselves in history. John Leonard is an unrepentant liberal, dissident, scourge, and media critic par excellence. Whether he's writing about bankers or AIDS, Congress or television, Salman Rushdie or Ed Koch, Leonard will make you stop, think, and laugh.


“[Leonard's] range, lyricism, depth, brilliance and writing gigs . . . will excite the mind of anyone who likes a depth and mental agility in what they read.”
Birmingham Post-Herald

Books by John Leonard

When the Kissing Had To Stop
Cult Studs, Khmer Newts, Langley Spooks, Techno-Geeks, Video Drones, Author Gods, Serial Killers, Vampire Media, Alien Sperm Suckers, Satanic Therapists, and Those of Us Who Hold a Left-Wing Grudge in the Post-Toasties New World Hip-Hop

John Leonard

Smoke and Mirrors
Violence, Television, and Other American Cultures

John Leonard

Lonesome Rangers
Homeless Minds, Promised Lands, Fugitive Cultures

John Leonard

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