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Conservatives Without Conscience

Dean, John W.

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ISBN 10: 0670037745 / ISBN 13: 9780670037742
Published by Viking, New York, 2006
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First published in 2006 by Viking Penguin, stated; first printing, full number line. Signed by the author on a tipped-in page after the front endpaper: "John W. Dean." Quarter-bound in white paper covered boards with a blind "JWD" imprint on the front board and a blue paper, silver-lettered spine. Book is tight, square, and unmarked; corners sharp, tail of spine bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $25.95); "Signed Copy" sticker on front panel; corner crease to top of front flap. Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 002550

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Title: Conservatives Without Conscience

Publisher: Viking, New York

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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John Dean takes a sobering look at how radical elements are destroying the Republican Party along with the very foundations of American democracy

John Dean's last New York Times bestseller, Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush, offered the former White House insider's unique and telling perspective on George W. Bush's presidency. Once again, Dean employs his distinctive knowledge and understanding of Washington politics and process to examine the conservative movement's current inner circle of radical Republican leaders-from Capitol Hill to Pennsylvania Avenue to K Street and beyond. In Conservatives Without Conscience, Dean not only highlights specific right-wing-driven GOP policies and procedures but also probes the conservative mind-set, identifying a new authoritarianism that has become increasingly a part of the contemporary movement. Dean relies on five decades of often ignored social science research that has never before been made so accessible to the general reader and his personal knowledge and experience to explain the political behavior of conservatives, from their unbridled viciousness toward those daring to disagree with them to their religion-based piety politics which conceal an indifference to the founding principles of liberty and equality, as well as fundamental precepts like the separation of government powers.

By the end, Dean paints a vivid picture of what's happening at the top levels of the Republican Party, a noble political party corrupted by its current leaders who cloak their actions in moral superiority while packaging their programs as blatant propaganda. Dean, certainly no alarmist, finds disturbing signs that current right-wing authoritarian thinking, when conflated with the dominating personalities of the conservative leadership, and the compliant acquiescence of their followers, could take the United States toward its own version of fascism.

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In Conservatives Without Conscience, John Dean, who served as White House counsel under Richard Nixon and then helped to break the Watergate scandal with his testimony before the Senate, takes a vivid and analytical look at a Republican Party that has changed drastically from the conservative movement that he joined in the mid-1960s as an admirer of Senator Barry Goldwater. Listen to our interview with Dean as part of our July 13 Amazon Wire podcast (along with interviews with Garrison Keillor and Henry Rollins) to hear how he originally conceived of the book with the late Senator Goldwater, and the social science research he drew on to put together his portrait of the "conservative authoritarian." (You can subscribe to regular Wire podcasts here.) And take a look at Dean's choices for the best books to read on the American presidency in our Grownup School feature.

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