The Right Nation: Conservative Power in America
Recorded on June 15, 2005
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium
Two of our most renowned America watchers, Economist
writers John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge, combine their
unrivalled access to the most vital power centers of the American
conservative movement to explain why the American right will remain
the most compelling political force of our age. Published last year
to unwavering critical acclaim, The Right Nation: Conservative
Power in America - now revised and updated with an afterword
on the 2004 Presidential election - offers a fresh, uniquely
unpartisan analysis of the American political landscape, the
peculiar mix of energetic capitalism and fervent moralism that, in
less than a generation, came to drive our national agenda - and
characterize us in the eyes of our counterparts abroad.
Neither condemning the conservative movement nor blindly praising
it, Micklethwait and Wooldridge seek to understand it.
Divided into three parts - history, anatomy, and prophecy - The
Right Nation goes to the center of the American right to
examine the brain trusts, the mouthpieces, the organizers, and the
foot soldiers. They chronicle the Right's rise, from its deep seeds
in American history, to its takeover of the Republican Party
beginning with Goldwater and the road to Reagan, all the way to
George Bush's second victory last fall, and ahead to the Right's
crucial battlegrounds for 2006 and 2008.
Micklethwait and Wooldridge's eye-opening examination of
conservatism is more timely than ever. Trenchant, unbiased, witty,
and far-ranging, it is essential reading for anyone who wants to
understand the American political landscape.