"A gifted and well-practiced writer can tell an old story and make it seem new and exciting. Louis Menand is such a writer, and his version of the story of pragmatism is the most lively and integrated yet told. Menand's incisive and remarkably relaxed exposition of philosophical ideas and his skillfully executed biographical narratives render THE METAPHYSICAL CLUB an accessible and deeply engaging account of one of the most important intellectual movements in the history of the United States.It conveys much more of the intellectual history of the United States than do the many conventional books that devote one chapter to one thinker and another chapter to the next, and so on. Menand puts it all together. If you can read only one book about pragmatism and American culture, this is the book to read."Menand, Louis is the author of 'Metaphysical Club A Story of Ideas in America', published 2002 under ISBN 9780374528492 and ISBN 0374528497.