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Invisible Hands : The Making of the Conservative Movement from the New Deal to Reagan - Kim Phillips-Fein

Invisible Hands

The Making of the Conservative Movement from the New Deal to Reagan

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Starting in the mid-1930s, a handful of prominent American businessmen forged alliances with the aim of rescuing America--and their profit margins--from socialism and the "nanny state." Long before the "culture wars" usually associated with the rise of conservative politics, these driven individuals funded think tanks, fought labor unions, and formed organizations to market their views. These nearly unknown, larger-than-life, and sometimes eccentric personalities--such as GE's zealous, silver-tongued Lemuel Ricketts Boulware and the self-described "revolutionary" Jasper Crane of DuPont--make for a fascinating, behind-the-scenes view of American history.

The winner of a prestigious academic award for her original research on this book, Kim Phillips-Fein is already being heralded as an important new young American historian. Her meticulous research and narrative gifts reveal the dramatic story of a pragmatic, step-by-step, check-by-check campaign to promote an ideological revolution--one that ultimately helped propel conservative ideas to electoral triumph.

[...] Combining piquant profiles of corporate firebrands with a trenchant historical analysis that puts economic conflict at the heart of political change, Phillips-Fein makes an important contribution to our understanding of American conservatism.

Introductionp. ix
Paradise Lostp. 3
Down from the Mountaintopp. 26
Changing the Climatep. 53
Cultural Politics: Churches, Radio Stations, and Magazinesp. 68
How to Break a Unionp. 87
Suburban Cowboyp. 115
The Attack on the Free Enterprise Systemp. 150
Turning the Tidep. 166
Building the "Business Activist Movement"p. 185
Making the Moral Majorityp. 213
The Market Triumphantp. 236
Epiloguep. 263
Acknowledgmentsp. 270
Notesp. 274
Bibliographic Essay and Note on Sourcesp. 321
Selected Bibliographyp. 332
Indexp. 341
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ISBN: 9780393059304
ISBN-10: 0393059308
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 5th January 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 12.7  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1