The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right

The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right

by Max Boot


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Warning that the Trump presidency presages America’s decline, the political commentator recounts his extraordinary journey from lifelong Republican to vehement Trump opponent.Declaring Mexican immigrants to be “rapists,” Donald Trump announced his 2015 presidential bid, causing Max Boot to think he was watching a dystopian science-fiction movie. The respected conservative historian couldn’t fathom that the party of Lincoln and Reagan could endorse such a “malevolent clown.” Yet the Twilight Zone episode that Boot believed he was watching created an ideological dislocation so shattering that Boot’s transformation from Republican foreign policy advisor to anti-Trump columnist becomes the dramatic story of The Corrosion of Conservativism.While 90 percent of his fellow Republicans—Rubio, Cruz, and Ryan—became political “toadies,” Boot stood his ground, enduring the vitriol of his erstwhile conservative colleagues, trolled on Twitter by a white supremacist who depicted his “execution” in a gas chamber by a smiling, Nazi-clad Trump. With uncompromising insights, Boot evokes both a president who has traduced every norm and the rise of a nascent centrist movement to counter Trump’s assault on democracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631495670
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 105,139
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

A renowned military historian and Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign
Relations, Max Boot is a regular contributor to the New York Times, Foreign Policy, the Los
Angeles Times, and other publications. The author of The Savage Wars of Peace and the New York
Times best-selling Invisible Armies, and The Road Not Taken, he lives in New York.

Table of Contents

Prologue: November 8, 2016 xiii

1 The Education of a Conservative 1

2 The Career of a Conservative 31

3 The Surrender 59

4 The Chaos President 93

5 The Cost of Capitulation 107

I Racism 113

II Nativism 116

III Collusion 120

IV The Rule of Law 124

V "Fake News" 128

VI Ethics 132

VII Fiscal Irresponsibility 137

VIII The End of the Pax Americana 139

6 The Trump Toadies 149

7 The Origins of Trumpism 163

Epilogue: The Vital Center 195

Acknowledgments 215

Notes 217

Index 239

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