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The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945 Review by Dr. Heather W. AllenBy George H. Nash
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
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Nash takes the reader though the three principal strands of American conservatism: libertarianism, traditionalism, and anti-communism. The focus of the book is not on political campaigns or conservative organizations, but rather on ideas. Nash really focuses on the conservative intellectuals of the time and how their objective, collectively, was not just to study and understand the world, but to change it. Ultimately Nash shows how a small group of intellectuals with little status or visibility wove its ideas into a movement powerful enough to elect a president.
This book is not for everyone, but anyone even remotely interested in the foundation of today's conservative movement must read it. I highly recommend The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945 by George H. Nash.