Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right

Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right

by Anne Nelson


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“Reveals a political trend that threatens both our form of government and our species.” - Timothy Snyder, author of ON TYRANNY

"Riveting.... Want to understand how so many Americans turned against truth? Read this book." Nancy Maclean, author of DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS

In 1981, emboldened by Ronald Reagan's election, a group of some fifty Republican operatives, evangelicals, oil barons, and gun lobbyists met in a Washington suburb to coordinate their attack on civil liberties and the social safety net. These men and women called their coalition the Council for National Policy. Over four decades, this elite club has become a strategic nerve center for channeling money and mobilizing votes behind the scenes. Its secretive membership rolls represent a high-powered roster of fundamentalists, oligarchs, and their allies, from Oliver North, Ed Meese, and Tim LaHaye in the Council's early days to Kellyanne Conway, Ralph Reed, Tony Perkins, and the DeVos and Mercer families today.

In Shadow Network, award-winning author and media analyst Anne Nelson chronicles this astonishing history and illuminates the coalition's key figures and their tactics. She traces how the collapse of American local journalism laid the foundation for the Council for National Policy's information war and listens in on the hardline broadcasting its members control. And she reveals how the group has collaborated with the Koch brothers to outfit Radical Right organizations with state-of-the-art apps and a shared pool of captured voter data - outmaneuvering the Democratic Party in a digital arms race whose result has yet to be decided.

In a time of stark and growing threats to our most valued institutions and democratic freedoms, Shadow Network is essential reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635573190
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 10/29/2019
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 59,811
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Anne Nelson has received a Livingston Award for her journalism, a Guggenheim Fellowship for her historical research, and a Bellagio Fellowship for her research on the social impact of digital media. A graduate of Yale University, she began her career as a journalist in the U.S and abroad. She won an Associated Church Press Award for her writing on the conflict in Central America, which she covered for the Los Angeles Times, NPR, and the BBC. She has taught at Columbia University for over two decades, first at the School of Journalism and then at the School of International and Public Affairs. Her previous books include Red Orchestra: The Berlin Underground and the Circle of Friends Who Resisted Hitler, a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice; and Suzanne's Children: A Daring Rescue in Nazi Paris, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. A native of Oklahoma, she lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Dramatis Personae ix

Prologue xiii

1 In the Beginning: Texas 1

2 The Birth of the CNP: Washington 20

3 Lords of the Air: The CNP's Media Empire 35

4 The News Hole in the Heart of America 49

5 Money People 62

6 Fishers of Men: Electoral Stratagems 77

7 Ideology 101: The CNP's Campus Partners 100

8 Koch, DeVos, Soros: Donors, Politics, and Pastors 118

9 The Obama Challenge 137

10 Data Wars 162

11 The Art of the Deal: New York, June 21, 2016 191

12 "The Miracle" 207

13 Midterms 229

14 "Democracy in America" 248

Epilogue 264

Acknowledgments 269

Appendix: Select Organizations 271

Notes 273

Recommended Reading 377

Index 381

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