New Book: Norman Podhoretz and Commentary Magazine
Norman Podhoretz and Commentary Magazine: The Rise and Fall of the Neocons
by Nathan Abrams
Pub. date: 17 Jan 2010
384 Pages, hardcover
Neoconservatism was the driving force of the Bush presidency. They held many prominent positions in the administration and many ideas and decisions on foreign policy, supply-side economics, tax cuts, the erosion of the wall separating church and state, and bioethics had been articulated over the past 25 years by the neoconservatives.
But what does the term “neoconservative” mean? Who are we talking about and where did they come from? Abrams answers those very questions through a detailed and critical study of neoconservatism’s leading thinker, Norman Podhoretz, and the magazine he edited for 35 years, Commentary. Podhoretz has been described as “the conductor of the neocon orchestra” and through Commentary Podhoretz powerfully shaped neoconservatism.
Rich in research, it is based upon a wide range of sources, including archival and other material never before published in the context of Commentary magazine, including Podhoretz’s private papers.
It does not indulge in hagiography. It punctures, where necessary, the mythology that surrounds the movement and its magazine. It argues that much of what has been said about neoconservatism is the product of willful distortion and exaggeration both by the neoconservatives themselves and their many enemies.
From this unique perspective, Abrams examines the origins, rise, and fall of neoconservatism. In understanding Podhoretz, a figure often overlooked, this book sheds light on the origins, ideas, and intellectual pedigree of neoconservatism.
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