The Paranoid Style in American Politics, and Other Essays

The Paranoid Style in American Politics, and Other Essays

Book - 2008
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This timely reissue of Richard Hofstadter's classic work on the fringe groups that influence American electoral politics offers an invaluable perspective on contemporary domestic affairs.In The Paranoid Style in American Politics , acclaimed historian Richard Hofstadter examines the competing forces in American political discourse and how fringe groups can influence -- and derail -- the larger agendas of a political party. He investigates the politics of the irrational, shedding light on how the behavior of individuals can seem out of proportion with actual political issues, and how such behavior impacts larger groups. With such other classic essays as "Free Silver and the Mind of 'Coin' Harvey" and "What Happened to the Antitrust Movement?, " The Paranoid Style in American Politics remains both a seminal text of political history and a vital analysis of the ways in which political groups function in the United States.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2008
Edition: 1st Vintage books ed
ISBN: 9780307388445
Branch Call Number: 973.9 H71p1
Characteristics: xxxviii, 330 pages ; 21 cm


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Mar 27, 2018

Writer, historian, and professor Richard Hofstadter's influential essay "The Paranoid Style in American Politics" continues to reverberate today, perhaps more than ever in a time of alternative facts, post-truth, and fake news. This book brings together 7 of his essays. The title one is of most interest, but all are worthwhile (the rise of "pseudo-conservatism," Barry Goldwater, American imperialism), if some of the original context may be hazy.

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