The Conservative Ascendancy: How the Republican Right Rose to Power in Modern America

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Available for the first time in paperback, this book continues to offer the best account of the conservative struggle to reverse the momentum of the New Deal. In tracing the conservative revival, the author chronicles how conservative beliefs were translated into political power and shows how conservatives gained control of the Republican party by defeating its liberal eastern wing only to find that the welfare state was not so easily dismantled.

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Critchlow skillfully shows the connection among ideas, institutions, and the conservative ascendancy...Critchlow's study helps frame the past. The right revived the fortunes of the postwar Republican Party, offering ideas, institutions and grassroots organization to create an effective coalition, while the radical left, from the 1930s on, has been a burden to the Democratic Party. Coming after Reagan, Bill Clinton captured (and kept) the White House by banishing the far left and moving his party to the right. In this sense, the conservative ascendancy has made bipartisan history. -- Michael Kimmage "New York Times Book Review" (11/18/2007)

Critchlow's book is perhaps the best scholarly overview of the conservative movement in print. -- Daniel McCarthy "American Conservative" (03/24/2008)

It is the indispensable scholarly account of how a small unorganized band of writers and an equally unorganized collection of grass-roots activists launched a counteroffensive against the prevailing economic and political order of the 1930s and 1940s, and by the 1980s became the dominant force in U.S. politics...Critchlow traces the travails of the conservative movement through the political battles involving Sen. Robert A. Taft, Sen. Barry Goldwater, President Richard Nixon and President Gerald Ford, all Republicans. Those who lived through those years will delight in the extraordinary detail produced by Critchlow's extensive research and his more than 500 footnotes, and those too young to remember will learn history they cannot get anywhere else.

Critchlow offers a valuable overview of how the contemporary American conservative movement gained control of the Republican Party over the course of the 20th century. Critchlow's analysis is especially strong early in the book, where he details the intellectual roots of the ongoing distrust between the social conservative wing of the GOP, which insists that government should stimulate flagging traditional values and practices, and the libertarian wing, which calls for less governmental intrusion into American life..."The Conservative Ascendancy" provides important context for understanding the continuing, and arguably growing, rightward drift of American politics. -- J. R. Dudas "Choice" (04/01/2008)

An indispensable scholarly account of how a small unorganized band of writers and an equally unorganized collection of grass-roots activists launched a counteroffensive against the prevailing economic and political order of the 1930s and 1940s, and by the 1980s became the dominant force in U.S. politics...Those who lived through those years will delight in the extraordinary detail produced by Critchlow's extensive research and his more than 500 footnotes, and those too young to remember will learn history they cannot get anywhere else. -- Phyllis Schlafly "World Net Daily" (03/07/2008)

Critchlow has written a careful narrative of how the new conservatism has achieved a qualified and perhaps now fragile ascendancy...[T]his is a readable and fair-minded, as well as a scholarly and useful, account of one of the most important themes in American politics over the last third of a century. -- Godfrey Hodgson "Journal of American History" (06/01/2008)

Critchlow tells a story of fierce determination, of infrastructure growing around that fierce determination, and of conservatives consistently engaging in a project of purifying the Republican Party and pushing it to the right. -- Kevin Mattson "Dissent" (06/01/2008)

"Critchlow helps frame the past [and] skillfully shows the connection among ideas, institutions, and the conservative ascendancy."--Michael Kimmage, New York Times Book Review "Critchlow has contributed an essential volume to the growing scholarship on conservatism in American politics. . . . Judicious, discerning, and richly informative."--George H. Nash, author of The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945 "A readable and fair-minded account of one of the most important themes in American politics over the last third of a century."--Godfrey Hodgson, Journal of American History

-Critchlow helps frame the past [and] skillfully shows the connection among ideas, institutions, and the conservative ascendancy.---Michael Kimmage, New York Times Book Review -Critchlow has contributed an essential volume to the growing scholarship on conservatism in American politics. . . . Judicious, discerning, and richly informative.---George H. Nash, author of The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945 -A readable and fair-minded account of one of the most important themes in American politics over the last third of a century.---Godfrey Hodgson, Journal of American History

Critchlow helps frame the past [and] skillfully shows the connection among ideas, institutions, and the conservative ascendancy.--Michael Kimmage, New York Times Book Review Critchlow has contributed an essential volume to the growing scholarship on conservatism in American politics. . . . Judicious, discerning, and richly informative.--George H. Nash, author of The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945 A readable and fair-minded account of one of the most important themes in American politics over the last third of a century.--Godfrey Hodgson, Journal of American History

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