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Creating Conservatism: Postwar Words that Made an American Movement (Rhetoric & Public Affairs) by [Michael J. Lee]

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Michael Lee has written a lovely book―lovely in conceptualization, lovely in organization, and lovely stylistically. The book is deeply thoughtful as well, eloquently arguing that failure to appreciate the rhetorical vectors of conservatism in the United States results in misunderstanding its boisterous endurance. Creating Conservatism is one of the finest first books I have ever read.
―Roderick P. Hart, Shivers Chair in Communication and Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin

Creating Conservatism is an impressive work describing the postwar evolution of the debate about the meaning of conservatism. Lee weaves together the conflicting versions of conservatism in order to illuminate the language system that acted as the underlying ideological framework energizing conservatives and playing crucial role in the Reagan revolution.
—Robert C. Rowland, Professor of Communication Studies, The University of Kansas

Historians of American conservatism have focused much of their attention on how ideas were central in shaping the conservative movement. By focusing on what conservatives read and how they used this reading to build a movement, Michael Lee turns the tables on both historians and conservatives, analyzing with learned insight and with pleasing prose how conservatives developed an intellectual canon, and how they were able to construct an intellectual and political movement around this canon. Lee has produced an imaginative and first-rate piece of historical scholarship that transcends the usual chronicles of the conservative ascendency.
—Gregory L. Schneider, Professor of History, Emporia State University, and author of
The Conservative Century: From Reaction to Revolution

Amidst the screech and howl that characterizes so much of public discourse these days
by conservatives and about them, it is a welcome relief to have a calm, careful, and critical analysis of conservative authors in America’s postwar past. Michael Lee has done a splendid job of bringing back to life the originary moments of an intellectual movement comprised of many different voices and beliefs. Creating Conservatism asks us to think more historically and carefully about what has gone into being “conservative.” Public discourse would be the better for it.
—James Farr, Professor of Political Theory and the History of Political Thought, Northwestern University
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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Michael J. Lee is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the College of Charleston, where he teaches and researches in the areas of rhetoric and political communication. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00LEUO808
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Michigan State University Press; 1st edition (August 1, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ August 1, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 829 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 327 pages
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Michael J. Lee teaches and researches in the areas of rhetoric and political communication at the College of Charleston. Mike holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Minnesota as well as M.A. (Communication) and B.A. (Political Science) degrees from the University of Georgia. (Go Dawgs!) Mike has several award-winning conference papers in his research areas. His work has also been published in such journals as the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Feminist Media Studies, and the Journal of Applied Communication Research. Mike has also given frequent media interviews on a number of political topics.

Creating Conservatism, which details how conservatives have contested the meaning of conservatism from 1945 to the present, took Mike eight years to plan, outline, research, write, and rewrite. Mike sincerely hopes that this book starts a conversation about the past, present, and future of US conservatism. He welcomes questions, comments, feedback, and criticism -

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