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The Rise of the Counter Establishment: From Conservative Ideology to Political Power Paperback – October, 1988

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In his influential earlier book, The Permanent Campaign , Blumenthal argued that, as a result of the decline of political parties, governance and campaigning were no longer distinguishable aspects of political life. Here he examines the consequences of this phenomenon, describing how various groups of conservative ideologues have assumed power under the Reagan Administration and established "a particular mode of ideological politics" as the salient feature of contemporary politics. Others have advanced similar arguments, and the question is whether this change is temporary (Richard Reeves, The Reagan Detour, LJ 10/15/85) or permanent (Thomas Fergusen and Joel Rogers, Right Turn , Hill & Wang, 1986). Whatever the answer, Blumenthal brings new insight to a fundamental transformation of American politics. Edward C. Dreyer, Political Science Dept., Univ. of Tulsa, Okla.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; 1St Edition edition (October 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060971401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060971403
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,851,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Blumenthal's book remains the single best study of the origins and ideas of today's conservative movement. It's now a classic but still very timely. Anyone wondering how and why the far right wields such destructive power in the U.S. today should read it.
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Blumenthal is just a great pure writer...the fact that he's so hated on the right gives proof to his effectiveness..brilliant stuff...a must have.
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An excellent explanation of the ascent of conservatism in modern America. No other Western country experienced such a phenomenon. Why America? The best person to tackle this subject is a centrist, such as Sidney.
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This book makes some salient points in tracing the history of the "counter-establishment," i.e. the network of conservative political donors, field operations, and media outlets that popped up zzzzz zzzzz. Oops, sorry, just fell asleep because the prose in this book is so impossibly dry. When I was a poli sci major in college I read a zillion textbooks that were more readable. Don't let the title of this review fool you -- the warm milk refers to the sleep-inducing quality, not to the succulence of the prose, which is as dry as pork chops that have been left on the grill for two Reagan administrations.
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