More than three decades ago, in "The Neoconservatives," Peter Steinfels described a nascent movement, predicting that it would be the sixties' "most enduring legacy to American politics." Now, in a new foreword to that portrait, he traces neoconservatism's fateful transformation. What was a movement of dissenting intellectuals creating a new, modern kind of conservatism became a phalanx of political insiders urging the nation to flex its muscles overseas.
"The Neoconservatives" describes the founders of the movement, disenchanted liberals recoiling from the turmoil of the sixties, a decline in authority, and a loss of tough-minded leadership at home and abroad. Written contemporaneously to the birth of a movement that would profoundly mark American history, "The Neoconservatives" holds clues, Stein-fels argues, to how and why neoconservatism swerved from its original promise even as it successfully implanted itself as an influential and aggressive element in our politics. This is a landmark book, "an important contribution to understanding the influence of ideas on American politics" ("Congress Monthly").
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