Wednesday, March 14, 2012

If Not Us, Who?

If Not Us, Who? is David Frisk's excellent new biography of William Rusher, the longtime publisher of National Review.  It explains how Rusher provided important links between the conservative intellectual movement and the practical world of Republican politics.  Anyone interested in how conservatism evolved from the 1950s through the 1980s should read this book.

An earlier version was Frisk's doctoral dissertation.  Accordingly, his research is thorough and his analysis is evenhanded.  (Declaration of interest:  I was on his committee.)   At the same time, the book is readable and engaging.  It is completely accessible for general readers and would be very appropriate for adoption in courses dealing with the intersection of ideology and politics.

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