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The Death of Conservatism

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Sam Tanenhaus's essay "Conservatism Is Dead" prompted intense discussion and debate when it was published in the New Republic in the first days of Barack Obama's presidency. Now Tanenhaus, a leading authority on modern politics, has expanded his argument into a sweeping history of the American conservative movement. For seventy-five years, he argues, the Right has been split between two factions: consensus-driven "realists," who believe in the virtue of government and its power to adjust to changing conditions, and movement "revanchists," who distrust government and society—and often find themselves at war with America itself.

Eventually, Tanenhaus writes, the revanchists prevailed, and the result is the decadent "movement conservatism" of today, a defunct ideology that is "profoundly and defiantly unconservative—in its arguments and ideas, its tactics and strategies, above all in its vision."

But there is hope for conservatism. It resides in the examples of pragmatic leaders like Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan and thinkers like Whittaker Chambers and William F. Buckley, Jr. Each came to understand that the true role of conservatism is not to advance a narrow ideological agenda but to engage in a serious dialogue with liberalism and join with it in upholding "the politics of stability." Conservatives today need to rediscover the roots of this honorable tradition. It is their only route back to the center of American politics.

At once succinct and detailed, penetrating and nuanced, The Death of Conservatism is a must-listen for Americans of any political persuasion.

Review:

"Tanenhaus' capsule history of American conservatism begins with a nostalgic review of the movement's intellectual forefathers-Edmund Burke to William F. Buckley-and culminates in an analysis of its run off the rails during the George W. Bush administration, when the ideas-driven conservatism of the postwar era was obliterated by a generation of ideological lockstep and inept governance. Alan Sklar's capable and smooth reading gets the material across but is marked by the occasional jarring misnomer (it is William F., not William E., Buckley). Nevertheless, he ably renders dry political battles of the past as high intellectual drama. A Random hardcover (Reviews, Jul. 6)." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Journalist Sam Tanenhaus expands his New Republic cover story on the death of conservatism into a book-length manifesto, arguing that the 2008 election brought movement conservatism to an end, while expressing optimism that "authentic conservatives" can still bounce back.

About the Author

ALAN SKLAR has narrated over 75 audiobooks and earned numerous awards for his work. He has also provided the voice for thousands of corporate and medical videos, as well as many radio and TV commercials. He lives with his wife in New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400113651
Author:
Tanenhaus, Sam
Publisher:
Tantor Media Inc
Read by:
Sklar, Alan
Read:
Sklar, Alan
Author:
Sklar, Alan
Location:
Old Saybrook
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Conservatism & Liberalism
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
General Political Science
Edition Description:
Unabridged,Unabridged CD
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 in 0.3 lb
Media Run Time:
210

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Tanenhaus' capsule history of American conservatism begins with a nostalgic review of the movement's intellectual forefathers-Edmund Burke to William F. Buckley-and culminates in an analysis of its run off the rails during the George W. Bush administration, when the ideas-driven conservatism of the postwar era was obliterated by a generation of ideological lockstep and inept governance. Alan Sklar's capable and smooth reading gets the material across but is marked by the occasional jarring misnomer (it is William F., not William E., Buckley). Nevertheless, he ably renders dry political battles of the past as high intellectual drama. A Random hardcover (Reviews, Jul. 6)." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Journalist Sam Tanenhaus expands his New Republic cover story on the death of conservatism into a book-length manifesto, arguing that the 2008 election brought movement conservatism to an end, while expressing optimism that "authentic conservatives" can still bounce back.
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