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The Neoconservative Revolution
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  • Page extent: 310 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.55 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 320.52/089/924073
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: E184.36.P64 F75 2005
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Jews--United States--Politics and government
    • United States--Politics and government--1945-1989
    • Conservatism--United States--History--20th century
    • Jews--Intellectual life--20th century

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521836562 | ISBN-10: 0521836565)

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This is the first history of the development of American Jewish political conservatism and the rise of a group of Jewish intellectuals and activists who are known as neoconservatives. It describes the growth of perhaps a dozen such figures in the 1940s and 50s, including Irving Kristol, Nathan Glazer and Norman Podhoretz, to several hundred younger people such as Paul Wolfowitz, David Brooks and Charles Krauthammer who have had a powerful impact on American public policy, including the run up to and aftermath of the war in Iraq.

Contents

Introduction; 1. Jews and the making of the cosmopolitan culture; 2. The premature Jewish Neoconservatives; 3. Forgotten Jewish godfathers; 4. The Liberal civil war; 5. The modernization of American conservatism; 6. The Liberal meltdown; 7. The rise of the Neoconservatives; 8. Neoconservatives and the Reagan revolution; 9. Nicaragua: the cold war comes to this hemisphere; 10. Irving Kristol and a new vision of capitalism; 11. The Neoconservative assault on the counterculture; 12. Jews and the Christian right; 13. Epilogue.

Reviews

"His book is a useful introduction to its history." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"It is an important and elegant history of how Jewish intellectuals have shaped conservative politics." Washington Examiner, Gregory L. Schneider, Emporia State University

"...a first-rate history of the neoconservative movement." Philadelphia Inquirer, Jack Fischel, Millersville University

"[Friedman's] written an engaging history of the entire post-WWII conservative movement, showing how neoconservatism and traditional conservativism...eventually intersected. And, more importantly, how the neocons played a critical role in reshaping the movement before that joining." New York Post, Eric Fettman

"Friedman's book forms a fine testament to his memory, as well as fitting legacy to the nation it reveals him to have so dearly loved."
Jewish Chronicle

“Readable and comprehensive. What distinguishes this volume from its predecessors is the greater support of attention it pays to the specifically Jewish background and concerns of some of the leading neoconservatives of both the older and the younger generations. The epilogue briefly delineates the role played by Jewish neoconservatives in the launching of the Iraq War in 2003.”
Choice

"Freedman is at his best when theorizing about why this clique of Jews might have sought so much power, developed tunnel vision in wielding of it, and courted the support of Bible-thumping Christians while tossing former allies like gays and women under the bus. Few may have noticed while the coup was occuring, but at least The Neoconservative Revolution, after the fact, relates the fascinating back story of how the prevailing American mindset has been reshaped to the point where the handling of Katrina and the unprovoked war of aggression in Iraq are no longer national disgraces but simply signs indicating that the neocon policies have been fully implemented." - Kam Williams

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