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Moments in the Sun

One can no better describe the subject of this book than by quoting the publisher's press release:

Once there was a group of liberals and Leftists. They were Democrats, they were radicals, they were freedom riders. But they became disillusioned by the Left. They moved toward the Right, they opposed the anti-war movement, they made socialist arguments for electing Richard Nixon. They claimed to be the true American liberals, and they attacked their former friends who continued to identify with the Left. . . . They went on to campaign for Cold War objectives of "exporting democracy," and to support Ronald Reagan and his crusade for "family values." . . . What can explain such a reversal in ideology?

Most of what has been written about the strange band called neoconservatives has been written either by themselves and their admirers or else by persons, to the right and to the left, who bear the bootmarks of their climb to power. The author of I'he Neoconservative Mind, however, seems to have no axe to grind, but to be motivated by genuine intellectual curiosity about the phenomenon in question. He is a man of the moderate Christian left and has written a dispassionate, seriously researched, and historical account. At the level of intellectual history and public discourse, he has answered the question "What can explain such a reversal in ideology?" very well—as far...

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