"Joseph Scotchie wishes to tell the story of what he terms an "underfunded, mostly unknown movement" known as the "paleoconservative" or "Old Right" which, he argues, has "provided the intellectual firepower behind the troubled populism of the 1990's." And Scotchie is not afraid to ask hard questions."
—The Review of Politics
"An essential and valuable contribution to American intellectual history in the last decade of the last century."
—The American Conservative
"Joe Scotchie's terrific new book solves a Great American Mystery. Why do our conservative intellectuals attack one another more viciously than they do liberals? Why does the splintered movement-Old Right, Neoconservative, New Right, and Beltway Right-behave like old communists who would rather purge each other than carry out the revolution? Why, if a member has some success, as when Pat Buchanan won in New Hampshire in 1996, do the rest attack him until they have assured his defeat? It's an incredible story and you have to read the book to find the answer"
—William J. Quirk, Professor of Law, University of South Carolina
"As an immigrant, I have always regarded the American conserative movement as the flower of democracy, the real reason for the Free World's victory in the Cold War. But flowers do not grow to the sky and the historic conservative movement is clearly now dead. In this remarkable and erudite account, Joseph Scothie investigates the new shoots that are coming up, traces their roots, and analyzes their future-and America's."
—Peter Brimelow, author of Alien Nation: Common Sense About America's Immigration Disaster
"With truly masterful precision, Joe Scotchie illuminates the myriad dissident strains of American Conservatism which knocked at the doors of power at the end of the Cold War before meeting a fateful rebuff. He tells the story of those distinctive Right wing intellectuals who said "no" to an imperial foreign policy, mass immigration, and a globalized economy. While this band lost the key internecine battles of the 1990s to Newt Gingrich the neoconvervatives, and the politics of Clinton-bashing, in Scotchie' eloquent account their struggle for a conservatism rooted a sense of measure and respect for the American past retains all its piquancy for the decade to come."
About the Author
Joseph Scotchie has spent the last thirty years working in journalism as well as teaching. Currently he is an editor for Anton Community Newspaper in Mineola, New York. His writings have appeared in numerous journals, including Chronicles, Modern Age, The American Conservative, and The Thomas Wolfe Review. In addition his books include Barbarians at the Saddle, Thomas Wolfe Revisited, and Street Corner Conservative: Patrick J. Buchanan and His Times.