Synopses & Reviews
"The distinguishing thing about the paranoid style is not that its exponents see conspiracies or plots here and there in history, but that they regard a `vast' or `gigantic' conspiracy as the motiveforcein historical events...The paranoid spokesman sees the fate of this conspiracy in apocalyptic terms--he traffics in the birth and death of whole worlds, whole political orders, whole systems of human values. Heis always manning the barricades of civilization." --From the book
These essays deal with the conditions that have given rise to the extreme right of the 1950s and the 1960s, and the origins of certain characteristic problems of the earlier modern era when the American mind was beginning to respond to the facts of industrialism and world power.
About the Author
The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Richard Hofstadter (1916-1970) was De Witt Clinton Professor of American History at Columbia University.
Table of Contents
PART I: Studies In The American Right
1. The Paranoid Style in American Politics
2. The Pseudo-Conservative Revolt-1954
3. Pseudo-Conservatism Revisited-1965
4. Goldwater and Pseudo-Conservative Politics
PART II: Some Problems of the Modern Era
5. Cuba, the Philippines, and Manifest Destiny
6. What Happened to the Antitrust Movement?
7. Free Silver and the Mind of "Coin" Harvey