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The Right

The Hundred-Year War for American Conservatism

Matthew Continetti

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Basic Books
13 September 2022
When most people think of the history of modern conservatism, they think of Ronald Reagan. Yet this narrow view leaves many to question: How did Donald Trump win the presidency? And what is the future of the Republican Party?

In The Right, Matthew Continetti gives a sweeping account of movement conservatism's evolution, from the Progressive Era through the present. He tells the story of how conservatism began as networks of intellectuals, developing and institutionalizing a vision that grew over time, until they began to buckle under new pressures, resembling national populist movements. Drawing out the tensions between the desire for mainstream acceptance and the pull of extremism, Continetti argues that the more one studies conservatism's past, the more one becomes convinced of its future.

Deeply researched and brilliantly told, The Right is essential reading for anyone looking to understand American conservatism.

Imprint:   Basic Books
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 236mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 40mm
Weight:   720g
ISBN:   9781541600508
ISBN 10:   1541600509
Pages:   496
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Matthew Continetti is a journalist and intellectual historian of the Right. He is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, the founding editor of the Washington Free Beacon, and a columnist for Commentary magazine. The author of The Persecution of Sarah Palin and The K Street Gang, he lives in Virginia.

Reviews for The Right: The Hundred-Year War for American Conservatism

Superb....[Continetti] brings an insider's nuance and a historian's dispassion to the ambitious task of writing the American right's biography, and he adds a journalist's knack for deft portraiture and telling details. --Jonathan Rauch, New York Times The Right is readable and relatable, well-written and engaging. The author's command of facts is impressive. --The Guardian Important... Superior to any previous volume on this critical subject. --Quillette Matthew Continetti's The Right is a rich and detailed survey from the 1920s to now. --Financial Times A compelling analysis... --City Journal A much more nuanced and satisfying portrait of the American right than is offered by most other journalists and historians. --Reason Continetti's perspective is that of a consummate insider... He is, as a result, better attuned than most to the role of elites in the conservative ecosystem, as well as to the limits of their power. --Unherd Continetti's experiences have given him a valuable perspective on his subject... His description of life in the conservative machine has the feel of an eyewitness account. --The New Republic Mr. Continetti captures beautifully the ad hoc, rearguard nature of American conservatism. --Wall Street Journal A worthy analysis. --Publishers Weekly Matthew Continetti applies what scholars of all persuasions should do with American conservatism, treating it as a complex, contradictory movement, often at war between its populists and its intellectual elite wings... Continetti is skilled in going places and making conclusions other rightists don't. --The Federalist [A] sturdy account of the many divisions within modern conservatism... Rational, well thought out, and impeccably argued--of interest to all students of politics. --Kirkus Matthew Continetti has earned his luminous reputation as the foremost contemporary chronicler of American conservatism's path to today's problematic condition. He traces conservatism's rich intellectual pedigree, from the founders' classical liberalism through twentieth-century conservatives' responses to the challenges of progressivism. The result is a thinking person's map for the road ahead. --George F. Will, author of The Conservative Sensibility Deft and authoritative, Matthew Continetti illuminates conservatism's present through its long and often tumultuous past. The Right isn't just an engaging history and incisive analysis of the intra-conservative debate, but an essential contribution to it. --Rich Lowry, editor in chief of National Review Matthew Continetti has written an instant classic, sure to become the essential one-volume history of modern American conservatism. Balanced and subtle, it offers an engaging combination of intellectual and political history that makes sense of the immensely complicated story of the Right. --Yuval Levin, author of A Time to Build

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