Gregory Jones-Katz is lecturer in history at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen.
A penetrating, illuminating, and highly readable study of a crucial episode in the intellectual and cultural history of late twentieth-century America. Jones-Katz pursues the trajectories of the American practitioners of deconstructionist thought with great insight, deep research, and stylistic verve. He offers many cogent accounts of the works and arguments of this sizeable group, and does so not only with attention to the inner logics of specific texts, but with considerable attention to their intellectual and institutional contexts. * Warren Breckman, author of Adventures of the Symbolic: Postmarxism and Radical Democracy * An excellent, important, and timely book, calling our attention to a revolution in American intellectual life during the 1970s and '80s. Jones-Katz guides us through the various ecosystems in which deconstructive thought was fostered and developed, showing us how it was able to take American academia by storm. * Edward Baring, author of Converts to the Real: Catholicism and the Making of Continental Philosophy * An illuminating, often surprising account of deconstruction in American academia in the last third of the twentieth century. As one present at the creation and ascendancy of the 'Hermeneutic Mafia,' I repeatedly nodded assent-often with a chuckle-at his portraits of characters whom I had then encountered. Deconstruction is undoubtedly an inviting, important, and well-wrought contribution to modern American intellectual history. * Robert Westbrook, author of Democratic Hope: Pragmatism and the Politics of Truth *