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How the Right Lost Its Mind

How the Right Lost Its Mind

Charles J. Sykes

St. Martin's Press

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"Bracing and immediate." - The Washington Post

Once at the center of the American conservative movement, bestselling author and radio host Charles Sykes is a fierce opponent of Donald Trump and the right-wing media that enabled his rise.

In How the Right Lost Its Mind, Sykes presents an impassioned, regretful, and deeply thoughtful account of how the American conservative movement came to lose its values. How did a movement that was defined by its belief in limited government, individual liberty, free markets, traditional values, and civility find itself embracing bigotry, political intransigence, demagoguery, and outright falsehood? How the Right Lost its Mind addresses:
*Why are so many voters so credulous and immune to factual information reported by responsible media?
*Why did conservatives decide to overlook, even embrace, so many of Trump’s outrages, gaffes, conspiracy theories, falsehoods, and smears?
*Can conservatives govern? Or are they content merely to rage?
*How can the right recover its traditional values and persuade a new generation of their worth?

EXCERPT

CHAPTER 1

DID WE CREATE THIS MONSTER?


The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

—W. B. YEATS

SO HOW DID THIS happen?

How did the right wander off into...

Reviews

Praise for How the Right Lost Its Mind

“When gale-force winds blew through politics in 2016, leaving moral and institutional wreckage in their wake, many conservatives went into a crouch. Charlie Sykes stood out by standing up. With this scorching book, he reports on the road to ruin and points conservatism toward recovery.” –George F. Will

"Stark, honest, unflinching....Highly recommended." - Library Journal (starred review)

"A courageous book destined to make Sykes a target among many of the worst elements that he eviscerates, which will, sadly, just confirm the strength of his thesis." - Kirkus

"Bracing and immediate." - The Washington Post

"An important work. Any serious-minded citizen, no matter of what political persuasion, will benefit from reading it and carefully contemplating the powerful message." - The Washington Times

"Through well thought-out, researched historical analysis, Sykes supports his thesis in engaging fashion for those who search for answers." - Under the Radar

"A dissection of conservatism’s 2016 collapse but also a canny historical analysis." - Commentary

About the author

Charles J. Sykes

Charles J. Sykes is the author of eight books on current affairs and education, including Fail U., A Nation of Victims, and Profscam. He has written pieces for the Wall Street Journal and Time.com among others, and in 2016 was featured for his critiques of Donald Trump and conservative media in articles on the front page of The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, and NPR. A longtime host of the #1 conservative talk-radio show in Wisconsin, he resigned that position and is now a regular contributor to MSNBC.

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