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Rightward Bound brilliantly demonstrates how American conservatism emerged as a full-blown movement in the 1970s and, in the process, created the United States of the twenty-first century. It is a wonderful book! (Laura Kalman, University of California, Santa Barbara)

A new generation of American historians demonstrates that the decade of the 1970s proved the crucial seed time for the rise of modern American conservatism. There was nothing inevitable about the nation's march to the right, which makes this book all the more fascinating and necessary for those who want to understand twenty-first century America. (Nelson Lichtenstein, author of Wal-Mart: The Face of Twenty-First-Century America)

Rightward Bound is the most comprehensive and incisive history to date of the conservative mobilization that surged through and transformed the United States in the 1970s. It will prove essential reading for anyone seeking to understand conservative ideologies, institutions, and organizing strategies as well as the complexities of politics and culture in late twentieth-century America. (Gary Gerstle, Vanderbilt University)

Rightward Bound arrives at a prescient moment. Modern American conservatism is far from its political death, but the ruinous legacy of George W. Bush has helped dash Karl Rove's dreams of a permanent majority. Culturally, the story is similar. Annual abortion numbers have remained steady, public acceptance of gay rights continues to increase, and immigration has failed as a Republican wedge issue. So what are the reasons for this mixed record? As co-editors Bruce J. Schulman and Julian E. Zelizer argue, the movement's past has much to say about the contemporary condition....It is a highly important and useful study, and one that offers scholars a new way of grasping conservatism. Just as importantly, this is a book that will hopefully be valuable to a broader general audience. If the public is to make sense of why the conservative revolution faces an uncertain future, they must look backwards as well, and appreciate its laborious beginning. (Christopher Martin popmatters.com 2008-03-01)

An uncommonly coherent collection of innovative essays. (Corey Robin The Nation 2008-06-23)

A highly important and useful study, and one that offers scholars a new way of grasping conservatism. Just as importantly, this is a book that will hopefully be valuable to a broader general audience. If the public is to make sense of why the conservative revolution faces an uncertain future, they must look backwards as well, and appreciate its laborious beginning. (Christopher Martin Popmatters.com 2008-03-01)

One of the great virtues of Rightward Bound: Making America Conservative in the 1970s, the helpful collection of essays edited by Bruce J. Schulman and Julian E. Zelizer, is that it gathers in one place many of the best young left-of-center historians working on the rise of the right. Conservatives will take issue with many of the book's conclusions; they cannot say any longer, as they once could, that the liberal academy doesn't take conservatism seriously. (E. J. Dionne American Prospect 2008-09-01)

About the Author

Bruce Schulman is Professor of History at Boston University.

Julian Zelizer is Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University.
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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (March 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674027582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674027589
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. M. Mccracken on June 11, 2008
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This is an exceptionally well constructed collection of essays by moderate liberals about the development of the modern conservative movement through the 1970's. It's a great supplement to classroom texts.
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