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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.