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Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning Paperback – January 1, 2009
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In this provocative and well-researched book, Goldberg probes modern liberalism's spooky origins in early 20th-century fascist politics. With chapter titles such as Adolf Hitler: Man of the Left and Brave New Village: Hillary Clinton and the Meaning of Liberal Fascism—Goldberg argues that fascism has always been a phenomenon of the left. This is Goldberg's first book, and he wisely curbs his wry National Review style. Goldberg's study of the conceptual overlap between fascism and ideas emanating from the environmental movement, Hollywood, the Democratic Party and what he calls other left-wing organs is shocking and hilarious. He lays low such lights of liberal history as Margaret Sanger, apparently a radical eugenicist, and JFK, whose cult of personality, according to Goldberg, reeks of fascist political theater. Much of this will be music to conservatives' ears, but other readers may be stopped cold by the parallels Goldberg draws between Nazi Germany and the New Deal. The book's tone suffers as it oscillates between revisionist historical analyses and the application of fascist themes to American popular culture; nonetheless, the controversial arc Goldberg draws from Mussolini to The Matrix is well-researched, seriously argued—and funny. (Jan. 8)
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Love it or loathe it, Liberal Fascism is a book of intellectual history you won't be able to put down - in either sense of the term * Tom Wolfe * Deliciously amusing...witty intelligence that deals in ideas as well as insults * The New York Times * Brilliant, insightful and important * New York Sun * Bold and witty...insightful and honest * New York Post * Deliciously amusing...witty intelligence that deals in ideas as well as insults * The New York Times *