The Paranoid Style in American Politics: And Other Essays

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The Paranoid Style in American Politics: And Other Essays

Format:  Paperback,

330 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Jun 2008

ISBN-13: 9780307388445

ISBN-10: 0307388441

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This timely reissue of Richard Hofstadter's classic work on the fringe groups that influence American electoral politics offers an invaluable perspective on contemporary domestic affairs.In "The Paranoid Style in American Politics," acclaimed historian Richard Hofstadter examines the competing forces in American political discourse and how fringe groups can influence -- and derail -- the larger agendas of a political party. He investigates the politics of the irrational, shedding light on how the behavior of individuals can seem out of proportion with actual political issues, and how such behavior impacts larger groups. With such other classic essays as "Free Silver and the Mind of 'Coin' Harvey" and "What Happened to the Antitrust Movement?, " "The Paranoid Style in American Politics" remains both a seminal text of political history and a vital analysis of the ways in which political groups function in the United States.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Jun 2008
ISBN-13: 9780307388445
ISBN-10: 0307388441
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 330
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.6
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.75
Walmart No.: 9780307388445

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Biography of Wilentz, Sean

Robert sean Wilentz was born in 1951 in New York City. He earned his first B.A. from Colunbia University in 1972 and his second from Oxford University in 1974 on a Kellett Fellowship. He continued his education at Yale University where he earned his M.A. degree in 1975 and his PhD. in 1980. His writings are focused on the importance of class and race in the early national period. He has also co-authored books on nineteenth-century religion and working class life.

His book The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln, won the Bancroft Prize. He has also written about modern U.S. history in his book, The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008. He has been the Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor of History at Princeton University since 1979. Robert Wilentz is also a contributing editor at The New Republic. He writes on music, the arts, history and politics. He received a Grammy nomination and a 2005 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for musical commentary on the musician Bob Dylan.

Chapter outline

Foreword to the Vintage Edition
Introduction
Studies in the American Right
The Paranoid Style in American Politics
The Pseudo-Conservative Revolt-1954
Pseudo-Conservatism Revisited-1965
Goldwater and Pseudo-Conservative Politics
Some Problems of the Modern Era
Cuba, the Philippines, and Manifest Destiny
What Happened to the Antitrust Movement?
Free Silver and the Mind of "Coin" Harvey
Acknowledgments
Index

Book description

This timely reissue of Richard Hofstadter's classic work on the fringe groups that influence American electoral politics offers an invaluable perspective on contemporary domestic affairs. In The Paranoid Style in American Politics, acclaimed historian Richard Hofstadter examines the competing forces in American political discourse and how fringe groups can influence — and derail — the larger agendas of a political party. He investigates the politics of the irrational, shedding light on how the behavior of individuals can seem out of proportion with actual political issues, and how such behavior impacts larger groups.

With such other classic essays as “Free Silver and the Mind of 'Coin' Harvey” and “What Happened to the Antitrust Movement?, ” The Paranoid Style in American Politics remains both a seminal text of political history and a vital analysis of the ways in which political groups function in the United States.

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