Invisible Hands: The Making of the Conservative Movement from the New Deal to Reagan

Invisible Hands: The Making of the Conservative Movement from the New Deal to Reagan

by Kim Phillips-Fein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393059308

ISBN-13: 9780393059304

Pub. Date: 01/05/2009

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

A narrative history of the influential businessmen who fought to roll back the New Deal.Starting in the mid-1930s, a handful of prominent American businessmen forged alliances with the aim of rescuing America—and their profit margins—from socialism and the "nanny state." Long before the "culture wars" usually associated with the rise of conservative

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A narrative history of the influential businessmen who fought to roll back the New Deal.Starting in the mid-1930s, a handful of prominent American businessmen forged alliances with the aim of rescuing America—and their profit margins—from socialism and the "nanny state." Long before the "culture wars" usually associated with the rise of conservative politics, these driven individuals funded think tanks, fought labor unions, and formed organizations to market their views. These nearly unknown, larger-than-life, and sometimes eccentric personalities—such as GE's zealous, silver-tongued Lemuel Ricketts Boulware and the self-described "revolutionary" Jasper Crane of DuPont—make for a fascinating, behind-the-scenes view of American history.The winner of a prestigious academic award for her original research on this book, Kim Phillips-Fein is already being heralded as an important new young American historian. Her meticulous research and narrative gifts reveal the dramatic story of a pragmatic, step-by-step, check-by-check campaign to promote an ideological revolution—one that ultimately helped propel conservative ideas to electoral triumph.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393059304
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/05/2009
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.44(h) x 1.22(d)

Table of Contents

1 Paradise Lost 3

2 Down from the Mountaintop 26

3 Changing the Climate 53

4 Cultural Politics: Churches, Radio Stations, and Magazines 68

5 How to Break a Union 87

6 Suburban Cowboy 115

7 The Attack on the Free Enterprise System 150

8 Turning the Tide 166

9 Building the "Business Activist Movement" 185

10 Making the Moral Majority 213

11 The Market Triumphant 236

Epilogue 263

Acknowledgments 270

Notes 274

Bibliographic Essay and Note on Sources 321

Selected Bibliography 332

Index 341

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