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Right Nation: Conservative Power in America / Edition 1
     

Right Nation: Conservative Power in America / Edition 1

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by John Micklethwait
 

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ISBN-10: 0143035398

ISBN-13: 2900143035397

Pub. Date: 05/31/2005

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Echoing de Tocqueville's comment on the French Revolution, the authors (both of the Economist) believe that the conservative revolution that has taken over the United States over the past 50 years was "So inevitable and yet so completely unforeseen." They offer a portrait of the American right and an argument as to why the U.S. is more conservative in nature than

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Echoing de Tocqueville's comment on the French Revolution, the authors (both of the Economist) believe that the conservative revolution that has taken over the United States over the past 50 years was "So inevitable and yet so completely unforeseen." They offer a portrait of the American right and an argument as to why the U.S. is more conservative in nature than comparable rich industrial democracies (and why it's going to stay that way). Central to their argument is the organizing power of the conservative movement and the movement is the primary character of their narrative. They describe the activities of the think tanks, the organizers, the spokespeople, and the rank and file activists and root their success in American exceptionalism. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900143035397
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/31/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
488

Table of Contents

Maps1
Introduction5
Part IHistory
1.From Kennebunkport to Crawford27
2.The Conservative Rout, 1952-196440
3.The Agony of Liberalism, 1964-198863
4.The Fifty-Fifty Nation, 1988-200094
Part IIAnatomy
5.For Texas, Business and God131
6.The Rive Droite151
7.The Brawn172
8.With Us or Against Us: The Right and the War Against Terror198
Part IIIProphecy
9.The Road Ahead: The Path to Republican Hegemony?227
10.How It Could Go Wrong: Too Southern, Too Greedy and Too Contradictory249
11.Behind Enemy Lines270
Part IVException
12.America the Different291
13.Right from the Beginning: The Roots of American Exceptionalism314
14.Heresy and Reformation: America's Exceptional Conservatism334
15.The Melancholy Long Withdrawing Roar of Liberalism354
Conclusion: Living with the Right Nation374
Appendix399
Acknowledgments401
Notes405
Index425

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The Right Nation: Conservative Power in America 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Tunguz More than 1 year ago
John Micklethwait and Adrian Woolridge are journalists writing for The Economist, and this book bears the same high quality of writing that many have come to expect from that magazine. The authors are as thorough in their research as they are clear in their presentation, and we the readers are that much better off because of it. The basic premise of the book, that the conservative power in America has been on the rise for many decades, is an indisputable fact of political life, and will be for many more years to come regardless who the occupant of the White House will end up being. The book deals with the roots of this phenomenon, and tries to present it as objectively and critically as possible. It shows how American conservatism is unique, and would probably not be recognized as traditional conservatism in many other parts of the world. Many critics may find it objectionable and problematic that the authors take this American conservatism seriously at all, but even those critics could benefit tremendously from reading this book. If their aim is to get to know the enemy, this book would be the best place to start. Even though the book was first published around the 2004 elections, it will probably remain relevant for many years to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a graduate student and I am working on my master's degree in political science. I wish I could have Micklethwait and Wooldridge teach a seminar course in American politics because they have a truly amazing grasp of the social, intellectual, and political factors that are currently at play in American life. I enjoyed 'The Right Nation' from cover to cover. The first section, entitled 'History,' included an examination that has been excluded from some other works that attempt to define America's conservative power structure. The authors do an excellent job in detailing the history, policies, and future of the conservative movement. I found their analysis of what happened and why to be the most rewarding part of the book. Not only are the details conservatism's rise discussed in detail, but the authors also take the time to discuss potential pitfalls and problems that lie ahead for conservatives. This book is a must-read.