The rise and fall of modern American conservatism : a short history / David Farber.

This book tells the gripping story of perhaps the most significant political force of our time through the lives and careers of six leading figures at the heart of the movement. The author traces the history of modern conservatism from its revolt against New Deal liberalism, to its breathtaking resu...

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Main Author: Farber, David, 1956-
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2010], ©2010.
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