By Daniel Oppenheimer
A provocative, intimate examine the evolution of America’s political soul during the lives of six political figures—from Whittaker Chambers to Christopher Hitchens—who deserted the left and joined the right.
In Exit Right, Daniel Oppenheimer tells the tales of six significant political figures whose trips clear of the left reshaped the contours of yank politics within the 20th century. via going deep into the minds of six apostates—Whittaker Chambers, James Burnham, Ronald Reagan, Norman Podhoretz, David Horowitz, and Christopher Hitchens—Oppenheimer bargains an surprisingly intimate heritage of the yankee left, and the right’s reaction.
Oppenheimer is an excellent new voice in political historical past who has woven jointly the previous century’s most crucial activities right into a unmarried e-book that unearths the roots of yankee politics. in the course of the eyes of his six topics, we see the US develop, stumble, and forge ahead—from international warfare I up during the nice melancholy and global conflict II, from the crimson Scare up in the course of the Civil Rights move, and from the beginning of neoconservatism up via 9-11 and the sunrise of the Iraq War.
At its middle, Exit correct is a booklet that asks profound questions about why and the way we come to think politically at all—on the left or the fitting. every one of those six lives demanding situations us to invite the place our personal ideals come from, and what it will possibly take to alter them. At a time of sky-high partisanship, Oppenheimer breaks down the limits that divide us and investigates the deeper origins of our politics. this can be a booklet that would resonate with readers at the left and the right—as good as these caught someplace within the heart.
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