With a unique blend of insight, balance, and wit, two of our most renowned America watchers brilliantly anatomize the conservative movement and explain how it has stamped its program so deeply into American life.
The Right Nation is not "for" liberals, and it's not "for" conservatives. It's for any of us who want to understand one of the most important forces shaping American life. How did America's government become so much more conservative in just a generation? Compared to Europe-or to America under Richard Nixon-even President Howard Dean would preside over a distinctly more conservative nation in many crucial respects: welfare is gone; the death penalty is deeply rooted; abortion is under siege; regulations are being rolled back; the pillars of New Deal liberalism are turning to sand. Conservative positions have not prevailed everywhere, of course, but this book shows us why they've been so successfully advanced over such a broad front: because the battle has been waged by well-organized, shrewd, and committed troops who to some extent have been lucky in their enemies.
John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge, like modern-day Tocquevilles, have the perspective to see this vast subject in the round, unbeholden to forces on either side. They steer The Economist's coverage of the United States and have unrivaled access to resources and-because of the magazine's renown for iconoclasm and analytical rigor-have had open-door access wherever the book's research has led them. And it has led them everywhere: To reckon with the American right, you have to get out there where its centers are and understand the power flow among the brain trusts, the mouthpieces, the organizers, and the foot soldiers. The authors write with wit and skewer whole herds of sacred cows, but they also bring empathy to bear on a subject that sees all too little of it. You won't recognize this America from the far-left's or the far-right's caricatures. Divided into three parts-history, anatomy, and prophecy-The Right Nation comes neither to bury the American conservative movement nor to praise it blindly but to understand it, in all its dimensions, as the most powerful and effective political movement of our age.
Baker & Taylor
Evaluates the conservative movement that has swept across America in recent years, contending that conservatives have waged deliberate and effective campaigns against liberal advances, in an analysis that offers insight into right-wing politics and its organizers, representatives, and supporters. 50,000 first printing.
Echoing de Tocqueville's comment on the French Revolution, the authors (both of the Economist) believe that the conservative revolution that has taken over the United States over the past 50 years was "So inevitable and yet so completely unforeseen." They offer a portrait of the American right and an argument as to why the U.S. is more conservative in nature than comparable rich industrial democracies (and why it's going to stay that way). Central to their argument is the organizing power of the conservative movement and the movement is the primary character of their narrative. They describe the activities of the think tanks, the organizers, the spokespeople, and the rank and file activists and root their success in American exceptionalism. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Blackwell North Amer
In a relatively short span of time, because of the conservative movement's power, America has veered sharply to the right, so that now, compared with Europe or even American under Richard Nixon, we are a distinctly more conservative nation in many crucial respects no matter which party occupies the Oval Office. In The Right Nation, John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge examine the movement that accounts for how and why conservative positions have been so successfully advanced over such a broad front.
Evaluates the conservative movement that has swept America in recent years, contending that conservatives have waged deliberate campaigns against liberal advances, in an analysis that offers insight into right-wing politics.