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The author of Why Americans Hate Politics tells the story of conservatism, from the Goldwater 1960s to the present-day Tea Party that has resulted in broken promises and an ideological purity that drives moderate Republicans away.

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Why the Right Went Wrong offers a historical view of the right since the 1960s. Its core contention is that American conservatism and the Republican Party took a wrong turn when they adopted Barry Goldwater's worldview during and after the 1964 campaign.

Since 1968, no conservative administration could live up to the rhetoric rooted in the Goldwater movement that began to reshape American politics fifty years ago. The collapse of the Nixon presidency led to the rise of Ronald Reagan, the defeat of George H. W. Bush, and Newt Gingrich's revolution. Bush initially undertook a partial modernization, preaching "compassionate conservatism." Conservatives quickly defined him as an advocate of "big government" and not conservative enough on spending, immigration, education, and Medicare. A return to the true faith was the only prescription on order. The result was the Tea Party.

The state of the Republican party, controlled by the strictest base, is diminished, E. J. Dionne, Jr., writes. It has become white and older in a country that is no longer that. It needs to come back to life for its own health and that of the country's, and in Why the Right Went Wrong, he explains how.

"An important pundit delivers a thorough exegesis of the stubborn recurrence of the fringe right wing…" ---Kirkus

"Dionne's expertise is evident in this finely crafted and convincing work." ---Los Angeles Times
Author Interview
E. J. Dionne, Jr.

Why the Right Went Wrong

Conservatism From Goldwater to the Tea Party and Beyond

Author E. J. Dionne, Jr.

Narrated by Mike Chamberlain

Publication date Feb 29, 2016

Running time 21 hrs

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