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Author Hart, Jeffrey, 1930-2019.
Title The making of the American conservative mind : National review and its times / Jeffrey Hart.
Imprint Wilmington, Del. : ISI Books, 2005.

Author Hart, Jeffrey, 1930-2019.
Subject National review -- History.
Conservatism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Political culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Add Title American conservative mind
Description xiii, 394 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. William F. Buckley, Jr.: present at the creation -- 2. James Burnham: power -- 3. Willmoore Kendall: perhaps, too, too -- 4. Russell Kirk vs. Frank Meyer -- 5. Arriving talent -- 6. 1956: NR's education begins -- 7. McCarthy: National Review's populist agon -- 8. National Review and the Black Revolution -- 9. National Review and religion -- 10. JFK: the nightingale's song -- 11. The Goldwater revolution -- 12. The John Birch Society: a menace -- 13. Farewell, Willmoore -- 14. Not all the way with LBJ -- 15. Nixon: the perfect campaign -- 16. Nixon: in the arena -- 17. Watergate: Nixon x-rayed -- 18. Meyer sets the bar high -- 19. Ford transition: populism growls at NR -- 20. Reagan to Ford to Carter: bouncing ball -- 21. What we all worked for -- 22. Reagan: the world transformed -- 23. Bush One: train wreck -- 24. Bill Clinton: was it better than it looked? -- 25. George W. Bush: transformative president -- 26. The American conservative mind: where we are now.
Summary National Review has been the leading conservative national magazine since it was founded in 1955, and in that capacity it has played a decisive role in shaping the conservative movement in the United States. Here, senior editor Hart provides an authoritative history of how the magazine has come to define and defend conservatism for the past fifty years. He also gives a firsthand account of the thought and sometimes colorful personalities--including James Burnham, Willmoore Kendall, Russell Kirk, Frank Meyer, William Rusher, Priscilla Buckley, Gerhart Niemeyer, and, of course, the magazine's founder, William F. Buckley Jr.--who contributed to National Review's life and wide influence. As Hart sees it, the magazine has regularly veered between ideology and a "politics of reality." Its catholicity and originality--attributable to Buckley's magnanimity and sense of showmanship--has made the magazine the most interesting of its kind in the nation, concludes Hart.--From publisher description.
ISBN 1932236813
OCLC # 62875113
Table of Contents
1William F. Buckley Jr. : present at the creation1
2James Burnham : power15
3Willmore Kendall : perhaps too, too29
4Russell Kirk vs. Frank Meyer41
5Arriving talent53
61956 : NR's education begins65
7McCarthy : National Review's populist agon83
8National Review and the black revolution97
9National Review and religion109
10JKF : the nightingale's song125
11The Goldwater revolution139
12The John Birch Society : a menace153
13Farewell, Willmoore161
14Not all the way with LBJ171
15Nixon : the perfect campaign189
16Nixon : in the arena199
17Watergate : Nixon X-rayed211
18Meyer sets the bar high225
19Ford transition : populism growls at NR233
20Reagan to Ford to Carter : bouncing ball247
21What we all worked for259
22Reagan : the world transformed269
23Bush one : train wreck309
24Bill Clinton : was it better than it looked?327
25Geroge W. Bush : transformative president347
26The American conservative mind : where we are now359

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