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No Right Turn: Conservative Politics in a Liberal America

No Right Turn: Conservative Politics in a Liberal America

by David T. Courtwright


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674046771
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

David T. Courtwright is John A. Delaney Presidential Professor at the University of North Florida.

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Andrew Hartman

Professor Courtwright's book is quite simply the best political history of the era from Nixon to the present. In lively prose, armed with a mountain of fresh research, including several interviews with key players, Courtwright convincingly argues that American political culture since the 'sixties' is nothing if not perplexing. He demonstrates that, although the 'moral right' entered the political arena with a vengeance, it failed to reshape the national culture due to the pervasiveness of countercultural values, which had been sopped up by the unstoppable forces of consumer capitalism. Yet, Courtwright also shows that where the moral right failed, the economic right succeeded--that contemporary American life is dominated by both cultural and economic libertarianism, the twin legacies of the boomer generation.
Andrew Hartman, author of Education and the Cold War

Gil Troy

Crisply written, colorful, and often out-of-the-box original, this is a bold, sweeping look at the last four decades of American history.
Gil Troy, author of Leading from the Center

James Morone

A first-rate book--energetic, insightful, and a treat to read. Courtwright describes how moral conservatives joined with economic conservatives to form a powerful Republican coalition, only to discover a fundamental illusion: the Republican bus headed to market square with only an occasional detour (drugs, crime, welfare) to church street. This well-told story does the fantastic subject full justice.
James Morone, author of Hellfire Nation: The Politics of Sin in American History

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