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"The Dilemmas of American Conservatism does something no other book does: it bridges the gap between the philosophical articulation of conservatism and the chronicling of the development of conservatism as a self-conscious political movement." ―Daniel J. Mahoney, author of Bertrand de Jouvenel: The Conservative Liberal and the Illusions of Modernity"

"Would that I had thought of editing this outstanding book, which merits the attention of all thoughtful students of American political thought. Among edited works on conservatism The Dilemmas of Conservatism is a tour de force. In both depth and breadth it is an exceptional contribution to the literature, worthy of scholarly attention and classroom use.―Charles W. Dunn, author of The Enduring Reagan"

"The modern conservative movement may seem incoherent precisely because it is incoherent. The movement did not grow out of a single sacred text or a from the mind of a demogogue or philosopher. Rather, conservatism has been influenced by the thought of numerous thinkers, both ancient and Modern. Deutsch and Fishman have done an admirable service by bringing together scholarly and accessable essays on nine of the most important conservative political thinkers of the 20th century.

By focusing on the foundational thinkers rather than the momentary political debates, Deutsch and Fishman have done us a great service in helping us make sense of the modern conservative movement.

Lost in the prattle of policy wonks and the heated rhetoric of talk radio is a deep and thoughtful conservatism exemplified by the nine political thinkers here profiled. The Dilemmas of American Conservatism is essential reading for anyone attempting to come to grips with how we got where we are.

The ideologues have come to dominate much of what passes for conservatism today, but Deutsch and Fishman render a great service in reminding us of the giants who provided the intellectual groundwork for what became the movement that changed America."―Gary L. Gregg, Professor of Political Science, University of Louisville"

"Highly Recommended"―Choice"―

About the Author

Kenneth L. Deutsch, professor of political science at SUNY Geneseo, is the author of the recently published An Invitation to Political Thought. He lives in Geneseo, New York.

Ethan Fishman, professor of political science at the University of South Alabama, is the author of numerous books, including The Prudential Presidency: An Aristotelian Approach to Presidential Leadership. He lives in Mobile, Alabama.
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Linda C. Raeder is associate professor of Political Science at Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, Florida and associate editor of Humanitas, an inter-disciplinary scholarly journal published by the National Humanities Institute.

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