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The right : the hundred year war for American conservatism / Matthew Continetti.

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  • ISBN: 9781541600508
  • ISBN: 1541600509
  • Physical Description: 484 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2022.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 419-463) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
1150 Seventeenth Street -- Normalcy and its discontents -- The revolution of 1932 -- From World War to Cold War -- Ike, McCarthy, and the new conservatism -- A movement grows -- New frontiers -- The great disruption -- Nixon's conservatives -- The prairiefire -- President Reagan -- New world order -- The freedom agenda -- The crisis of the twenty-first century -- The viral president -- Conclusion: American conservatism.
Summary, etc.:
"When most people think of the history of modern conservatism, they think of Ronald Reagan, with his politics and policies front and center. Yet this narrow view of a movement obscures the whole, leaving many to question: How did Donald Trump win the presidency? And what is the future of the Republican party? In The Right, distinguished journalist Matthew Continetti shifts this lens, arguing that an understanding of the history of the pre-Reagan right is crucial to understanding the past and determining the future of the movement. The Right is a sweeping historical account of American conservatism's evolution, from the beginning of the Progressive Era through the present. It tells the story of how conservatism in the United States began as networks of intellectuals, often acting in concert with political figures, developed a critique of Progressivism and of New Deal liberalism, and institutionalized this vision in magazines, think tanks, nonprofits, and political entities and campaigns. Over time, these thinkers attracted new adherents, including former Democrats and evangelical Christians, and built up a conservative superstructure of organizations and media outlets that turned ideas into policy. With the end of the Cold War, this conservative superstructure found itself under attack from dissidents for whom it was too globalist, too corporate, and too open to unrestricted immigration. The superstructure held for two decades but buckled under the pressures of the second Iraq War and the global financialcrisis of 2008. Just as the Vietnam War ended the reign of Cold War liberals in the Democratic Party, the Iraq War ended the reign of post-Cold War conservatives in the Republican Party, and the right began to resemble other national populist movements around the world. Drawing out the tensions between conservatism and populism, and between the conservative desire for mainstream acceptance and the pull of extremism, Continetti argues that the more one studies conservatism's past, the more one becomes convinced of its future. Deeply researched and brilliantly told, The Right is essential reading for anyone looking to understand the American right"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ) > History.
Conservatism > United States > History > 20th century.
Conservatism > United States > History > 21st century.
United States > Politics and government.

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North Kansas City Public Library 324.2734 CONTINETTI 2022 (Text) 0001002414447 Nonfiction New Checked out 06/04/2022

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