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The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Paperback – April, 1998
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The book is not strictly chronological in its discussion. Nash begins with one chapter apiece on each of the three principal strands of American conservatism post World War II: libertarianism, traditionalism, and anti-communism. Each strand is discussed chronologically and in terms of its principal proponents, leading works, publications, organizations, roots and, of course, theory.
Subsequent chapters discuss the efforts of these three groups to cooperate and to consolidate, the efforts to find specifically American roots for conservative ideas, and the growth of the conservative movement in the thirty years or so following 1945. An Epilogue written for the 1996 edition discusses subsequent changes in American conservatism, including neoconservatism and the religious right.
The title correctly identifies the subject matter of the book -- it is a history of an intellectual movement, and only secondarily a political history. Certain watershed events in contemporary conservatism (the McCarthy investigations, the election campaign of Barry Goldwater, and similar) are touched upon, but principally as phenomena to which conservatives react or by which they are shaped.
There are some significant limitations. Despite Nash's serious effort to give a broad view of the conservative movement, this is something of a National Review version of the conservative movement. There is no treatment of fundamentalist conservatism or its theological underpinnings. Also symptomatic of the limitations of Nash's approach is the treatment of Ayn Rand.Read more ›
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For all the hype of conservative media and conservatives, in general, during this current 2016 election cycle, how many citizens really understand who the real conservatives are? Read morePublished 6 days ago by FalconEagle
George Nash’s book is widely considered one of the great indispensable scholarly works on the formation of what we call conservatism in America. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Paul Krause
This is the definitive work on the subject... no question about it. Very well written and well documented. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Max Bville
George Nash's The Conservative Intellectual Movement In America Since 1945 has proved the standard account of its topic since its publication in 1976. Read morePublished 15 months ago by SockPuppet
An excellent history of the intellectual movement of conservatism. Nash clearly identifies, key ideological positions, and where they come from. Read morePublished 17 months ago by John Pigg
This is a valuable overview of the conservative intellectual movement in America from 1945 to around the year of the book’s publication in 1976. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Sam Adams
If you are reading this review you have taken the first step to understanding conservatism on it's own merits rather than what the media tells you what it is. Read morePublished on July 2, 2013 by Tim
A brilliant portrayal of the post-war conservative intellectual movement; a pure pleasure to read. Nash's magnum opus is beyond praise--- and this said by a guy leaning... Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by Terrence K. Nichols
Completely devoid of facts. Hanging on failed principals and false assumptions. I wouldn't recommend this to my most ardent conservative friends.Published on March 17, 2013 by Sdyon1