Many Republicans are concerned about the internal fighting within the party. However, the party is made up of various factions including what is called “establishment” Republicans, conservative Republicans and now Tea Party followers and some Libertarians. Each of these groups have a different perspective and their differences will have to be worked out over time. A recent book by St. Louis University Political Science Professor (and University Township supporter), Donald Critchlow, covers many of these issues.
Whether you are Liberal or Conservative, Democrat or Republican, if you are a political junkie, you will like Critchlow’s “The Conservative Ascendancy: How the GOP Right Made Political History.” This is a history of political maneuvering of individuals interested in countering Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal and confronting Communism.
Critchlow documents how these ideas drew various groups together, many of whom were not Republicans. It follows the nomination of Barry Goldwater for President of the United States, support of Richard Nixon, the first big Conservative triumph of Ronald Reagan and on to the election of George W. Bush.
This history covers the losses as well as triumphs of American Conservatives. It covers issues that brought them to power, that cost them elections and issues that divided the Republican Party itself. It also covers the background of many of the candidates in todays race. Anyone interested in politics and looking for some insight into todays election will not be able to put this book down.
Critchlow was a professor at St. Louis University befor moving to Arizona to become the Barry Goldwater Chair of American Institutions, at Arizona State University. While in St. Louis he was Program Director for the University Township Republican Club.
Critchlow is the author of six books, a textbook, and twelve edited books:
- When Hollywood Was Right: How Movie Stars, Studio Moguls, and Big Business Changed American Politics (New York: Cambridge University Press, in press 2013).
- The Conservative Ascendancy: How the GOP Right Made Political History (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press,2007; Expanded and Revised edition, Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas, 2011)
- Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism: A Woman’s Crusade (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2005)
- Intended Consequences: Birth Control, Abortion, and the Federal Government in Modern America (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999)
- Studebaker: The Life and Death of an American Corporation (Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1996)
- The Brookings Institution: 1916-1952: Expertise in a Democratic Society (DeKalb, Illinois: Northern Illinois Press, 1984)
- Debating the Conservative Movement (co-authored with Nancy MacLean) (Lantham, Maryland: Rowman and Littfield Publishers, 2009)