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This is the first book to analyze the history of neoconservatism and trace its influence on foreign policy, using new information from interviews and archives. Ehrman focuses on key individuals-Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Norman Podhoretz, and Elliott Abrams, showing the development of their ideas and their place in American conservatism today
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ehrman, who teaches history at George Washington University, offers a lucid account of the postwar rise of neoconservatives and their eventual migration from liberal Democrats to Republicans, despite little ideological shift. He begins by tracing the progressive-liberal feud that led anti-communist liberals such as Reinhold Niebuhr and Arthur Schlesinger to affirm the ``vital center.'' The country's late-1960s political convulsions led (especially Jewish) liberals to fight the New Left and Third Worldism in journals such as Commentary. The author devotes a substantial chapter to Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the first neocon to move from academia to politics and an unabashed defender of liberal democracy. Neocons such as Jeane Kirkpatrick moved right during the Carter presidency; they made certain gains under Reagan, such as establishing the National Endowment for Democracy, but split over aid to the Nicaraguan contras and over Soviet liberalization. Ehrman suggests there is now no consistent neoconservative policy; still, he says, their new tendency toward realism and a narrow sense of U.S. interests jibes well with an American public perennially wary of commitments abroad. For informed readers. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300068702
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 3/4/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Liberal Foreign Policy Consensus and After, 1948-1976 1
Ch. 2 Liberalism's Split: The Neoconservatives Emerge, 1968-1975 33
Ch. 3 The Intellectual in Politics: Daniel Patrick Moynihan, 1975-1978 63
Ch. 4 Searching for Truman, 1976-1980 97
Ch. 5 Coping with Success, 1980-1985 137
Ch. 6 After the Cold War, 1985-1992 173
Epilogue: The Early Clinton Administration, 1993-1994 193
Notes 207
Index 237
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