Partisans, Nicole Hemmer
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The Conservative Revolutionaries Who Remade American Politics in the 1990s

Author: Nicole Hemmer

Narrator: Nicole Hemmer

Unabridged: 10 hr 11 min

Format: Digital Audiobook Download

Publisher: Basic Books

Published: 08/30/2022


A bold new history of modern conservatism that finds its origins in the populist right-wing politics of the 1990s 
Ronald Reagan has long been lionized for building a conservative coalition sustained by an optimistic vision of American exceptionalism, small government, and free markets. But as historian Nicole Hemmer reveals, the Reagan coalition was short-lived; it fell apart as soon as its charismatic leader left office. In the 1990s — a decade that has yet to be recognized as the breeding ground for today’s polarizing politics — changing demographics and the emergence of a new political-entertainment media fueled the rise of combative far-right politicians and pundits. These partisans, from Pat Buchanan and Newt Gingrich to Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham, forged a new American right that emphasized anti-globalism, appeals to white resentment, and skepticism about democracy itself.  
Partisans is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the crisis of American politics today.