Conservative Intellectuals and Richard Nixon: Rethinking the Rise of the Right by S. Mergel

Conservative Intellectuals and Richard Nixon: Rethinking the Rise of the Right

byS. Mergel

Hardcover | January 29, 2010

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Conservative Intellectuals and Richard Nixon explores the relationship between postwar conservatives and the president from 1968 to 1974. Seemingly casting those years out of their history, conservatives have never fully explored how Richard Nixon affected their movement. They fail to realize the extent his presidency helped refocus their fight against liberalism and communism. Mergel uses the Nixon years as a window into the Right’s effort to turn ideology into successful politics. It combines an assessment of Nixon’s presidency through the eyes of conservative intellectuals with an attempt to understand what the Right gained from its experience with Nixon.

About The Author

Sarah Katherine Mergel is an Assistant Professor of History at Dalton State College in Dalton, Georgia. She specializes in American political and intellectual history since the Civil War; her primary area of research is the rise of modern conservatism and its effects on political developments, cultural trends, social issues, and inter...

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Title:Conservative Intellectuals and Richard Nixon: Rethinking the Rise of the RightFormat:HardcoverDimensions:260 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:January 29, 2010Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230619940

ISBN - 13:9780230619944

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Table of Contents

Richard Nixon: An Electable Conservative? * Peace with Honor: Ending the Vietnam War * Games Nations Play: Dealing with the Communist Menace * Umpire or Player: Nixon’s Economic Games * Perpetuating the Follies of the Past: Welfare Reform and Race Relations * Mixed Emotions: The Wisdom of Supporting Nixon * Loyalty and Doubts: The Watergate Morass * Richard Nixon: Friend or Foe of Conservatives?

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“A gifted new scholar of the Nixon era, Sarah Mergel gives us the crucial untold story of how the most complex and controversial modern president became both the nemesis and political inspiration of conservatives. It’s epic history, from the turbulent inner realities of détente and the Republican seizure of the South to the neocon zenith under George W. Bush. Capturing the essence of politics as power, interests, and ideas, this is indispensable reading for anyone wanting to understand today’s America.”--Roger Morris, Author of Richard Milhous Nixon: The Rise of an American Politician“Mergel displays an amazing grasp of the thinking of conservative intellectuals.  Through her discussions of the differing views of various right-wing thinkers, she is able to show the complexity of conservatism during these years. Her organization, both of the entire work and the individual chapters, is well thought out and practical. This is an important topic and one that deserves the attention she has given it. In light of Nixon’s desire to be taken seriously as an intellectual and because of all of the scholarly attention his ideological pragmatism gets, Mergel has completed an important work here.”--Mary C. Brennan, Professor of History, Texas State University-San Marcos