Enemies of the State: The Radical Right in America from FDR to Trump - American Ways (Hardback)
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Enemies of the State: The Radical Right in America from FDR to Trump - American Ways (Hardback)

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Hardback 242 Pages / Published: 15/07/2018
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The rise of the alt-right alongside Donald Trump's candidacy may be seem unprecedented events in the history of the United States, but D. J. Mulloy shows us that the radical right has been a long and active part of American politics during the twentieth century. From the German-American Bund to the modern militia movement, D. J. Mulloy provides a guide for anyone interested in examining the roots of the radical right in the U.S.-in all its many varied forms-going back to the days of the Great Depression, the New Deal and the extraordinary political achievements of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Enemies of the State offers an informative and highly readable introduction to some of the key developments and events of recent American history including: the fear of the Communist subversion of American society in the aftermath of the Second World War; the rise of the civil rights movement and the "white backlash" this elicited; the apparent decline of liberalism and the ascendancy of conservatism during the economic malaise of the 1970s; Ronald Reagan's triumphant presidential victory in 1980; and the Great Recession of 2007-08 and subsequent election of President Obama.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442276512
Number of pages: 242
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 235 x 161 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
[This book's] highly readable and concise presentation will appeal for use in history and political science classrooms, as well as to general readers wondering how Trumpism has developed into a political ideology. * Library Journal *
This invaluable book ties together the various strands of extremism, including anti-statism, anti-communism, Fundamentalist Christianity, resistance to desegregation, and the at-times nihilistic obstruction of progress that radicals on the right have perpetuated in various forms since the 1930s.... [W]ritten for a general audience, this account will be of great interest to readers with questions about American politics. * Booklist *
Mulloy...writes in a clear and accessible style and provides dispassionate scholarly analysis that convincingly supports his thesis. Readers seeking information about the far right will find this book enlightening. * Publishers Weekly *
"In this sweeping survey of the radical right since the 1930s, D.J. Mulloy helps us understand the rise of the Tea Party and the 2016 presidential victory of Donald Trump. Enemies of the State is a provocative and accessible introduction to the movements and the people who helped create our current political moment." -- Kathryn S. Olmsted, University of California, Davis
"D. J. Mulloy's vivid, insightful examination illustrates the adaptability and heterogeneous nature of the American right since the New Deal. Mulloy skillfully chronicles the successes and failures of the right and reminds us that contemporary events have deep historical roots." -- Timothy N. Thurber, author of "Republicans and Race: The GOP's Frayed Relationship with African Americans, 1945-1974"
"Enemies of the State provides a fascinating look at the development of the radical right in America. Tracing its origins as a reaction to FDR's New Deal, the movement evolved over the years in response to broad historical trends, including the cold war, the civil right movement, and the changing demographics of America occasioned by immigration. Still, enduring themes continue to animate the radical right: a preference for lower taxes, smaller government, less bureaucracy, and fewer regulations. As Mulloy points out, Donald Trump exemplifies the radical right tradition with his populist persona and penchant for conspiracy theories. Mulloy's book will be richly enjoyed by both academics and the general public." -- George Michael, Westfield State University
"In this timely and important survey, D. J. Mulloy charts the turbulent history of the Radical Right from its origins in the conservative reaction to the New Deal to the rise to power of Donald Trump. The dramatic narrative takes the reader through some of the most important turning points in post-war American history, including the domestic impact of the cold war, the civil rights revolution, and the political resurgence of conservatism. By demonstrating how the hostility of the Radical Right toward big government has reflected and reinforced the interests of mainstream politicians and big business, Enemies of the State powerfully demonstrates the disturbing impact of extremism in shaping American public life." -- Clive Webb, University of Sussex

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