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This is an exceptionally well-researched and well-written study of "neoconservatism." Neoconservatives differ from both liberals and traditional conservatives ("paleoconservatives") in significant respects, explains Dorrien (Kalamazoo College). In addition to his superb and balanced general treatment of neoconservatism, Dorrien offers astute intellectual biographies of Irving Kristol, Norman Podhoretz, Michael Novak, and Peter Berger. These four vignettes are invaluable studies of neoconservatism and of contemporary American political thought. His general overview of the genesis of neoconservatism (with comments on such neoconservative "forerunners" as Sidney Hook and James Burnham) is particularly incisive. This volume also serves as a Baedeker to many current journals and offers cogent background about many of the chief political confrontations of the recent past. With the end of the Soviet empire, neoconservatism will--and must--change. Those interested in neoconservatives and their convictions will find this volume indispensable. Excellent notes and bibliography. Advanced undergraduate through faculty. J. H. Toner; Air War College
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