America the Philosophical by Carlin Romano (Knopf, 2012), a 672-page book to be published by Alfred A. Knopf in May, was named one of the "Top Ten" books of the spring season in "Literary Criticism and Essays" by Publishers Weekly, the main magazine of the book publishing industry.
In PW's Jan. 23rd issue, senior editor Sarah F. Gold wrote: "Esteemed literary critic Carlin Romano presses against prevailing cultural winds in America the Philosophical in opposing the view of America as the land of anti-intellectual philistines." Romano argues in the book that America in the early twenty-first century is “the most philosophical culture in the history of the world, an unprecedented marketplace of truth and argument.” America the Philosophical was also named by David Kipen, former Director of Literature Programs for the National Endowment for the Arts, as one of the spring season's three best nonfiction books. Kipen announced his picks on Southern California Public Radio on Jan. 30.
Romano is chairman this year of the Criticism Committee of The National Book Critics Circle, which will bestow its annual awards in six categories at a Manhattan ceremony on March 8. His most recent published essay as Critic-at-Large of The Chronicle of Higher Education, is "Copyright Goes Philosophical," which appeared in the Feb. 3 issue.