Why the Right Went Wrong

  • by E. J. Dionne Jr.
  • Narrated by Mike Chamberlain
  • 20 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Why the Right Went Wrong offers a historical view of the right since the 1960s. Its core contention is that American conservatism and the Republican Party took a wrong turn when they adopted Barry Goldwater's worldview during and after the 1964 campaign. Since 1968, no conservative administration could live up to the rhetoric rooted in the Goldwater movement that began to reshape American politics 50 years ago. The collapse of the Nixon presidency led to the rise of Ronald Reagan, the defeat of George H. W. Bush, and Newt Gingrich's revolution. Bush initially undertook a partial modernization, preaching "compassionate conservatism". Conservatives quickly defined him as an advocate of "big government" and not conservative enough on spending, immigration, education, and Medicare. A return to the true faith was the only prescription on order. The result was the Tea Party.
The state of the Republican Party, controlled by the strictest base, is diminished, E. J. Dionne, Jr. writes. It has become white and older in a country that is no longer that. It needs to come back to life for its own health and that of the country, and in Why the Right Went Wrong, he explains how.


What the Critics Say

"An important pundit delivers a thorough exegesis of the stubborn recurrence of the fringe right wing...." (Kirkus)


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Customer Reviews

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Wolf in sheep's clothing. False pretense of the book.

I was looking for a book that could provide background on how the GOP has gotten into the mess it is today, by straying so far from true conservatism. The premise and sample of the book had lead me to believe this was an honest attempt at looking for ways to correct the party's lost way. My suspicions were aroused during induction when the author went to great lengths to defend the current administration's failed policies of the past eight years. Soon after it was revealed, that the author is an unabashed progressive. As I read further, I realized the entire book was a deceitful attempt to convince the reader that conservatism is the underlying problem. I was very disappointed and annoyed, at how the author portrays the book as a conservative pen, but then goes on to bash the right, and promote his liberal ideals.
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- matthew cashdollar

Outstanding, refreshing, inspiring

This book gives voice with superb eloquence to our yearnings - those of us not indoctrinated by the loudest voices - for a return to the political virtues that paved (literally) the way for America's greatness and successes we enjoy today. Required reading for Republicans who like me wish to leave a legacy of more than blocked roads for our children.
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- James Adams

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-29-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio