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on July 27, 2017
Useful in drawing comparisons between the pseudo conservative movement then and now with Trump. Gives deeper understanding of the conservative mindset of putting moral and social standing over economic interests. This book shows how it all began and makes it clear that Trump wasn't the only one of his kind that has gotten to be this familiar position. Last chapter was uninteresting to me, but other than that I would recommend this book.
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VINE VOICEon November 6, 2013
This collection of essays was published in the 1960s and was quickly recognized as a classic in the field of Political Science. Re-reading it over 40 years later, it is sobering to realize how accurately it captures the state of 21st century American domestic politics.
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on March 20, 2014
I have waited a long time to read this book but finally I had enough. Hofstatder's book, a collection of essays written in the fifties and early sixties, is so prescient and ahead of its times that it is far from being dated. Instead you find yourself nodding along at his descriptions and realizing that the crazed paranoia of our own right wing is nothing new--in fact you can read the essays as a form of mad libs and just sub in "commies" and "muslims" and "liberals" for previous demons like the Bavarian Illuminati, the Masons, and the Mormons and you see the same slurs, stories, and hysteria recur from 1750 on.
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on July 23, 2015
What can anyone say about Richard Hofstadter except that he is without peer as an American thinker and historian. And he is an elegant writer who is a pleasure to read. This book is as pertinent today as it was when it was written decades ago. It is a necessity for anyone interested in American politics.
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on July 24, 2016
This is a golden oldie. It helps one understand the times we have lived through and live in today, especially if, like your reviewer, you are in your eighties.
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on September 20, 2017
Written in 1964, it could have described today's political situation, particularly the rise of the conservative right-wing.
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on July 7, 2016
This classic work is essential reading for making a voting decision in the 2016 presidential election.
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on February 12, 2013
Very interesting long view of the appeal the idea of vast conspiracies has for certain "angry minds". Though written about 50 years ago now, Hofstadter's account answers a lot of questions about where the tea party's ideas come from and how that sort of gloss on reality has always been with us. Worth a read.
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on May 14, 2017
Perfect! Thank you.
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on September 13, 2017
It's the book I ordered, so I mean, 5 stars it is!
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