Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

sign up for Boomerang Books BulletinGet Latest Book News + FREE Shipping. Subscribe to the Boomerang Books Bulletin eNewsletter right now!

Description - Rebels All! by Kevin Mattson

Do you ever wonder why conservative pundits drop the word ""faggot"" or talk about killing and then Christianizing Muslims abroad? Do you wonder why the right's spokespeople seem so confrontational, rude, and over-the-top recently? Does it seem strange that conservative books have such apocalyptic titles? Do you marvel at why conservative writers trumpeted the ""rebel"" qualities of George W. Bush just a few years back?There is no doubt that the style of the political right today is tough, brash, and by many accounts, not very conservative sounding. After all, isn't conservatism supposed to be about maintaining standards, upholding civility, and frowning upon rebellion? Historian Kevin Mattson explains the apparent contradictions of the party in this fresh examination of the postwar conservative mind.Examining a big cast of characters that includes William F. Buckley, Whittaker Chambers, Norman Podhoretz, Irving Kristol, Kevin Phillips, David Brooks, and others, Mattson shows how right-wing intellectuals have always, but in different ways, played to the populist and rowdy tendencies in America's political culture. He boldly compares the conservative intellectual movement to the radical utopians among the New Left of the 1960s and he explains how conservatism has ingested central features of American culture, including a distrust of sophistication and intellectualism and a love of popular culture, sensation, shock, and celebrity.Both a work of history and political criticism, ""Rebels All!"" shows how the conservative mind made itself appealing, and also points to its endemic problems. Mattson's conclusion outlines how a recast liberalism should respond to the conservative ascendancy that has marked our politics for the last thirty years.

Buy Rebels All! by Kevin Mattson from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780813543437
ISBN-10: 0813543436
Format: Hardback
Pages: 176
Imprint: Rutgers University Press
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publish Date: 15-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United States

Book Reviews - Rebels All! by Kevin Mattson

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Rebels All! book by Kevin Mattson and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review

Author Biography - Kevin Mattson

Kevin Mattson is Connor Study Professor of Contemporary History at Ohio University and the author of many books including, Upton Sinclair and the Other American Century and When America Was Great: The Fighting Faith of Postwar Liberalism.

Books By Kevin Mattson

Upton Sinclair and the Other American Century by Kevin Mattson
Hardback, April 2006
$65.30 $74.20
Creating a Democratic Public by Kevin Mattson
Hardback, December 1997
Intellectuals in Action by Kevin Mattson
Paperback, March 2002
When America Was Great by Kevin Mattson
Paperback, March 2006
$66.87 $75.99