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The Americans and Philosophy 

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The Americans and Philosophy

Reds in the Bed

Edited by Robert Arp and Kevin Guilfoy
Volume 112 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series

These are the times of Frusen Glädjé, Cabbage Patch Kids, est, yuppies, Blockbuster Video, and PTL. Not to mention glasnost and perestroika.

The Soviet empire is near collapse, but no one knows it. Still fanatically dedicated to the Communist cause, KGB agents pass for very typical Americans in Washington, DC, living the good life, raising their all-American kids, and routinely committing acts of espionage, adultery, blackmail, and murder . . .

“Do you watch The Americans with fear and trembling? Do you catch yourself rooting for the Soviets? If you’ve ever wondered why, you must read this book.”

— Roberto Sirvent, Associate Professor of Political and Social Ethics, Hope International University

 “It’s official! The Russians aren’t just under the bed—they’re between the sheets and banging away! To resist ideological penetration, this fun book will make a good prophylactic.”

— Ray Scott Percival, author of The Myth of the Closed Mind: Understanding Why and How People Are Rational (2012)

 “The talented authors of The Americans and Philosophy bring out the show’s philosophical themes, thoughtfully probing some of their amazing implications. Enjoy the read! Na zdorov'e!”

— Marc W. Cole, University of Leeds

Robert Arp is an intelligence analyst for a branch of the US government, but doesn’t talk about it. He’s the author of Scenario Visualization: An Evolutionary Account of Creative Problem Solving (2008), co-author of Critical Thinking: An Introduction to Reasoning Well (2011) and co-author of What’s Good on TV: Teaching Ethics through Television (2011).

Kevin Guilfoy is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Carroll University in Wisconsin. He is co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Peter Abelard (2004).

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