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Partisans The Conservative Revolutionaries Who Remade American Politics in the 1990s
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A political historian presents a bold new history of modern conservatism, which emerged during the popular right-wing politics of the 1990s. 25,000 first printing. Illustrations. - (Baker & Taylor)

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Nicole?Hemmer?is a political historian and founding director of the Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Center for the Study of the Presidency at Vanderbilt University. The cofounder of Made by History, the historical analysis section of the Washington Post, she writes regularly for the New York Times, CNN, Vox, and Politico. She lives in Nashville. - (Grand Central Pub)

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The Republican Party swung a hard right away from Reaganism in the 1990s, according to this insightful political study. Hemmer (Messengers of the Right), a research scholar with the Obama Presidency Oral History project at Columbia University, follows the shift away from Ronald Reagan's relatively sunny conservatism, with its positive attitudes toward immigration, free trade, and internationalism, toward an embrace of isolationism, nativism, and untrammeled gun rights and a rejection of affirmative action, abortion rights, and other progressive social policies. She follows this process through sharply etched portraits of its architects, including presidential candidates Pat Buchanan and H. Ross Perot, who pioneered the policies and populist bluster that Donald Trump would take to the White House, and Idaho congresswoman Helen Chenoweth, who helped transfuse the extreme right's conspiracist paranoia into the Republican mainstream. At the story's center is House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who created the strategy of partisan obstructionism that now dominates Congress and was undone by it when ultraconservative firebrands pressured him into unpopular moves like impeaching President Bill Clinton. Written in stylish, entertaining prose, Hemmer's history is nicely balanced between colorful personalities, electoral dogfights, and shrewd analysis of sea changes in ideology and public attitudes. This is a stimulating take on a crucial political era. (Aug.)

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