"Paul Gottfried provides something--in fact, a lot--to infuriate everyone. But even when Gottfried is judged wrongheaded, he poses the painful questions that others flee from and offers interpretations that compel close attention from all who wish to understand the prospects for a conservative movement."
--Eugene D. Genovese, author of The Southern Tradition: The Achievement and Limitations of an American Conservatism
"This study of the development and moral collapse of the postwar American Right is treated with vast historical knowledge that goes beyond Paul Gottfried's stated scope. Although its subject has been examined in a spate of books in recent years, including in two of Gottfried's earlier surveys, this new work brings an informed critical perspective to a major American political movement. A must read for students of American conservatism."
--Peter Brimelow, Editor, VDARE.COM
"Paul Gottfried comprehends the full complexities and conflicts within American conservatism better than anyone else. This innovative and penetrating book provides the reader with a thorough knowledge and wise understanding of the major thinkers, the charged tensions, and the paradoxical transformations that have made conservatism what it is today. It is a masterful work, and it will help the rest of us to master this challenging, perplexing, and consequential topic."
--James Kurth, Claude Smith Professor of Political Science, Swarthmore College
"Conservatism in America manifests the author's immense erudition, in German, French, and Italian sources, as well as in English ones. It is an indispensable work for understanding what passes for American conservatism in our day."
--The Mises Review
About the Author
Paul Edward Gottfried is Raffensperger Professor of Humanities at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. A Guggenheim recipient, he is the author of numerous articles in intellectual history, ancient and modern historiography, and the European and American Right. Gottfried has also published ten books, the last three of them a trilogy on the democratic managerial state, which starts with After Liberalism (1999) and ends with The Strange Death of Marxism (2005). The German edition of the middle volume, Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt was mentioned in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (2005), as one of the year's most distinguished publications.