A Time for Choosing

A Time for Choosing : The Rise of Modern American Conservatism

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Dissatisfied with a liberal Republican party, American conservatives in the 1960s engineered a revolution. Mainstream conservatives advocated reform through the development of party and electoral solutions, while extremists looked to private organizations. Though often at odds, the divisions cross-fertilized each other, giving rise to new strategic and tactical strains, and bringing political success by the end of the decade.show more

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  • Hardback | 348 pages
  • 162.6 x 241 x 29mm | 706.66g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195134737
  • 9780195134735

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Elegantly written and persuasively argued, A Time for Choosing is destined to become a standard work in the study of modern conservatism. It is required reading for anyone wishing to understand the decline of liberalism and the dramatic shift to the right since 1960. * Steven M. Gillon, University of Oklahoma * The book does ... have considerable merit, because Schoenwald doesn't allow his own liberalism to stand in the way of a reasonable and plausible thesis. He argues that in the 1960s, conservatives gained their foothold in the Republican party- and in the American mainstream- by reining in the fringe groups (such as the John Birch Society) that had defined their movement in the previous decade * National Review * In a nutshell, the Buckley-Welch feud is the story of conservatism - and the story told in Jonathan Schoenwald's admirable narrative ... In this crowded field, he has accomplished a remarkable feat: rooting around the boxes in the conservative attic and recovering some of the more forgotten moments and figures from the movement's past. He's especially strong when describing the far right * Washington Monthly * The story of the rise of American conservatism has been told often ... but his [Jonathan Schoenwald's] version has a unique focus ... He writes at length on the influence that extremism gained, and the trouble it caused in the house of conservatism during the Cold War * Washington Post *show more

About Jonathan M. Schoenwald

Jonathan M. Schoenwald is a Lecturer in the Humanities at Stanford University. Previously he taught at the College of Wooster.show more

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