Wrapped in the Flag

  • by Claire Conner
  • Narrated by Elizabeth Evans
  • 10 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Wrapped in the Flag chronicles the radical right-wing world of the 1960s, when conspiracy ruled and the John Birch Society made national headlines. The daughter of a John Birch Society leader, Claire Conner introduces us to the extreme ideas of a powerful political fringe group dispensing radical solutions to America's problems. Following in the footsteps of its hero, Senator Joseph McCarthy, the John Birch Society believed that an international Communist conspiracy was on the verge of taking over the government of the United States. Top politicians, including President Dwight Eisenhower, were labeled as Communist operatives. John F. Kennedy was deemed a Socialist traitor. Birchers fought civil rights, labor unions, environmental protections, Medicare, welfare programs, the United Nations, and even water fluoridation. Today, the society continues many of those same campaigns from its national headquarters in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Claire Conner's intimate account - based on records, documents and her firsthand knowledge - takes us deep inside one of the most radical right-wing movements in U.S. history. Moving seamlessly between memoir and history, humor and pain, past and present, Wrapped in the Flag serves up keen insight into the impact of extremism on one woman, her family and, if unchecked, on our country.


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Where the Tea Party got their crazy ideas

Clare Conner's book recounts her childhood and early adult experiences of growing up in an extremely conservative, Catholic family who helped establish the John Birch Society. Her book was published only after the extreme far-right world view of the JBS -- with it's fear, anger, and hatred -- were resurrected by the "newly formed" Tea Party, following the 2008 financial meltdown and election of Obama. I was astounded to learn that VIRTUALLY ALL of the views and "solutions" now being proposed by the Republican leadership in the U.S., particularly the extreme love of America combined with the extreme hatred of government, were crafted by Robert Welch and the JBS back in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
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- James Dew

Two words on why this is relevant, Koch brothers

An interesting view in to two of the early leaders in the John Birch Society. Claire was the daughter of a member of the JBS National Counsel. It's interesting to compare the beliefs of some members of the modern Tea Party and the JBS. It's also an interesting tale of the problem of ideology. A belief can be a blinder to what is before you, you simply start to bend reality to fit your ideology. It's hard to know whether to condemn her parents for their radical views or to commend them for their commitment to their ideals.
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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-02-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios