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Preface Introduction The Neoconservative Persuasion PART I: Neoconservatism and American Politics Chapter 1 The Path to Power Chapter 2 A New Governing Philosophy PART II: Leo Strauss and the Crisis of Modernity Chapter 3 The Straussian Moment Chapter 4 The Road to Nihilism PART III: Leo Strauss and the Return to Plato Chapter 5 The Long Trek Back to Plato Chapter 6 Classical Natural Right PART IV: Neoconservatism's New World Order Chapter 7 The World According to the Neocons Chapter 8 Benevolent Hegemony PART V: Soft Despotism Chapter 9 The Fascist Temptation Chapter 10 National-Greatness Conservatism Conclusion Neoconservatism and the American Grain

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C. Bradley Thompson is the BB&T Research Professor in the Department of Political Science at Clemson University and the Executive Director of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism. He is the author of the award-winning John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty. He is also the editor of The Revolutionary Writings of John Adams and Antislavery Political Writings, 1833-1860: A Reader. Yaron Brook is executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute. He appears regularly on national TV and radio to discuss business, economic, and foreign policy issues. He has written and spoken extensively on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and on the role of neoconservatives in formulating that policy.


"I just started on the book and am blown away by it. I knew much of it already but the careful, measured and cumulative explanation of its intellectual roots and political consequences makes it a must-read." -Andrew Sullivan, The Atlantic "This book is a must-read for all Americans interested in defending the founding fathers' vision of a free and just society." -GLENN BECK "A novel and riveting account. . .that traces a tight arc from Leo Strauss through Irving Kristol to the daily travails of Washington politics." -RICHARD EPSTEIN, University of Chicago "A brilliant and important book that substantially enlarges our understanding of the neoconservative phenomenon." -A. JAMES REICHLEY, Brookings Institution "This book treats the neoconservatives, Strauss, and other relevant matters with a degree of respect and intellectual care we do not find in other like-minded texts. I disagree with just about every one of the conclusions here, but the book clearly makes the best case yet made for them, and gives those of us who disagree a worthy target." -MICHAEL ZUCKERT, University of Notre Dame "C. Bradley Thompson and Yaron Brook delve deeply into the origin, arc, and current nature of the neoconservative movement in the United States. Brilliant, deep, and told with authority." -THOM HARTMANN, Air America Radio Network host

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