Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, From Eisenhower to the Tea Party

Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, From Eisenhower to the Tea Party

by Geoffrey Kabaservice


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ISBN-13: 9780199768400
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/04/2012
Pages: 504
Sales rank: 852,160
Product dimensions: 6.44(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Geoffrey Kabaservice is the author of the National Book Award-nominated The Guardians: Kingman Brewster, His Circle, and the Rise of the Liberal Establishment. He has written for numerous national publications and has been an assistant professor of history at Yale University. He lives outside Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter 1: The Collapse of the Moderate Republican Establishment, 1960-64
Chapter 2: "Moderation Is No Virtue": The GOP and the Goldwater Campaign, 1964
Chapter 3: Wresting in the Ruins: Moderates Regain Control of the Republican Party, 1965
Chapter 4: From Rat Finks to Reagan: Republican Resurgence, 1966
Chapter 5: Moderation's High Tide: George Romney's Rise and Fall, 1967
Chapter 6: Moderate Half-Victories and the Presidential Election of 1968
Chapter 7: Moderates Get a Piece of the Action: Nixon's First Year, 1969
Chapter 8: Clashing with Nixon: The Breakup of the Moderate Republican Movement, 1970
Chapter 9: Slouching Towards Bethlehem: The Decline and Fall of the Moderate Republicans, 1971-2011

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Rule and Ruin 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
LucyPevensie More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. I have learned a tremendous amount about the last 60 years of American political history from reading it. It’s fascinating to see what certain politicians were like in their younger years. The young Newt Gingrinch, Ronald Reagan, Donald Rumsfeld, George Bush I, and Dick Cheney were much different, and far more moderate, than their later incarnations. Indeed, the Republican party was a much different, and far more moderate, place throughout most of its existence. What I have learned from this book is that it is only in relatively recent years that the GOP has become a bastion of hardcore conservatism. For this reason, today’s Republicans are having a hard time reconciling themselves with their history. It is awkward for them to look backwards because previous generations of Republicans strike them as embarrassingly liberal. They have solved this dilemma by claiming that earlier Republicans – Eisenhower, Gerald Ford and Nixon, for example -- were RINOs (“Republican in Name Only”). As author Geoffrey Kabaservice writes: “Much of the current conservative movement is characterized by this sort of historical amnesia and symbolic parricide, which seeks to undo key aspects of the Republican legacy such as Reagan’s elimination of corporate tax loopholes, Nixon’s environmental and labor safety programs, and a variety of GOP achievements in civil rights, civil liberties, and good government reforms. In the long view of history, it is really today’s conservatives who are ‘Republicans in name only.’” I highly recommend this book. It is well written, well researched and edifying. When you are living through them, you don't always notice the ideological shifts that are occurring within your party. This book is very well organized and lays it out, decade by decade (with a focus on the 1960s and 1970s, when moderate Republicans were most active), so that you can see quite clearly the changes that have taken place. Sobering.
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I searched up tea party layouts not polotics. I don't care anout polotics.# boring :( :( : &
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone but a liberal - anyone but a democrat. Our country and constitution as we know it, (and people envy us for both), is going to be a thing of the past.