The Right: The Hundred-Year War for American Conservatism

The Right: The Hundred-Year War for American Conservatism

by Matthew Continetti
The Right: The Hundred-Year War for American Conservatism

The Right: The Hundred-Year War for American Conservatism

by Matthew Continetti

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Overview

A magisterial intellectual history of the last century of American conservatism

When most people think of the history of modern conservatism, they think of Ronald Reagan. Yet this narrow view leaves many to question: How did Donald Trump win the presidency? And what is the future of the Republican Party?

In The Right, Matthew Continetti gives a sweeping account of movement conservatism’s evolution, from the Progressive Era through the present. He tells the story of how conservatism began as networks of intellectuals, developing and institutionalizing a vision that grew over time, until they began to buckle under new pressures, resembling national populist movements. Drawing out the tensions between the desire for mainstream acceptance and the pull of extremism, Continetti argues that the more one studies conservatism’s past, the more one becomes convinced of its future.

Deeply researched and brilliantly told, The Right is essential reading for anyone looking to understand American conservatism.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541600508
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 04/19/2022
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 359,493
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Matthew Continetti is a senior fellow and the Patrick and Charlene Neal Chair in American Prosperity at the American Enterprise Institute. He is also the founding editor of the Washington Free Beacon and a columnist for Commentary magazine. The author of The Persecution of Sarah Palin and The K Street Gang, he lives in Virginia. 

Table of Contents

Introduction: 1150 Seventeenth Street 1

Chapter 1 Normalcy and Its Discontents 15

Chapter 2 The Revolution of 1932 33

Chapter 3 From World War to Cold War 61

Chapter 4 Ike, McCarthy, and the New Conservatism 91

Chapter 5 A Movement Grows 113

Chapter 6 New Frontiers 141

Chapter 7 The Great Disruption 173

Chapter 8 Nixon's Conservatives 197

Chapter 9 The Prairie Fire 229

Chapter 10 President Reagan 267

Chapter 11 New World Order 297

Chapter 12 The Freedom Agenda 327

Chapter 13 The Crisis of the Twenty-First Century 351

Chapter 14 The Viral President 375

Conclusion: An American Conservatism 403

Acknowledgments 417

Notes 419

Index 465

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