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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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By James Dew on 08-23-14
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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By Russell on 11-26-14
Why is the right so well organized?
What made the experience of listening to Wrapped in the Flag the most enjoyable?
The story is a memoir, but it felt like I was listening to fiction. It is the personal story of a person who grew up during the late 1950s and early 1960s. I had never heard of the John Birch Society, Robert Welch, or things like 'healthy poverty.' The author was a child of hardcore, right-wing activists who were devoted to destroying FDR social nets and shrinking government. Perhaps it can be said that Claire's parents were devoted to destroying social democracy (period). Like many Americans, I've found myself under informed, helpless, and puzzled by the question of "Why is the right so strong?" and "Where is this crap coming from?". Claire's book helped to start lifting the fog. The narration was very professional. The narrator made Claire's work come alive. Furthermore, I've enjoyed realizing that I'm not alone in the quest to come out of the dark and participate in beating back the right's hatred of government and the good that government has accomplished. Thank you Claire Conner Mork for the starting point! I enjoyed your book and I have enjoyed following you on your Wrapped in the Flag Facebook page. Best wishes!!
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