Rebels All! A Short History of the Conservative Mind in Postwar America

Rebels All! A Short History of the Conservative Mind in Postwar America

Rebels All! A Short History of the Conservative Mind in Postwar America

Rebels All! A Short History of the Conservative Mind in Postwar America

Synopsis

"There is no doubt that the style of the political right today is tough, brash, and, by many accounts, not very conservative sounding. After all, isn't conservatism supposed to be about maintaining standards, upholding civility, and frowning upon rebellion? Historian Kevin Mattson explains the apparent contradictions of the party in this fresh examination of the postwar conservative mind. Examining a big cast of characters that includes David Brooks, William F. Buckley, Whittaker Chambers, Irving Kristol, Kevin Phillips, Norman Podhoretz, and others, Mattson shows how right-wing intellectuals have always, but in different ways, played to the populist and rowdy tendencies in America's political culture. He boldly compares the conservative intellectual movement to the radical Utopians among the New Left of the 1960s; and he explains how conservatism has ingested central features of American culture, including a distrust of sophistication and intellectualism and a love of popular culture, sensation, shock, and celebrity." "Both a work of history and political criticism, Rebels All! shows how the conservative mind made itself appealing but also points to its inherent problems."
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