The Conservative Tradition in America
Conservatism, once at the periphery of American politics, now occupies a central and strategic position in the seat of political power. In The Conservative Tradition in America, Charles W. Dunn and J. David Woodard present the first full-scale survey written since the 1950s of American conservatism. The authors trace the philosophical and political roots of conservatism from its origins to the present and they explain the causes of its recent resurgence. This comprehensive account identifies different strands of conservative thought, while it analyzes the current state and future prospects of conservatism. This is essential reading for students and scholars seeking information about the historical roots of today's most important political movement.
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This work provides a splendid overview of American conservatism. This I consider to be the best book on the subject along with that of G. K. Nash, which covers much less. It is a careful and considerate survey of American conservative thought which maintains due scholarly detachment.--Harvey Mansfield, Harvard University Dunn and Woodard provide a highly useful survey of American conservative thought. An ideal introduction for college students to contemporary intellectual and political currents.--William F. Connelly, Washington and Lee University Invaluable as a way of understanding what has helped to motivate the conservative electoral triumph of November 1994. Thoughtful observers of American political life should be deeply grateful to Professors Dunn and Woodard for this serious and readable book.--Stanley N. Katz, president of the American Council of Learned Societies and professor of history, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University Dunn and Woodard's . . . study of the past, present, and future of conservatism is a wonderful guidebook for scholars and those of us in the public arena.--Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives