Fighting Words: A Tale of How Liberals Created Neo-Conservativism
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Fighting Words: A Tale of How Liberals Created Neo-Conservativism

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How did a nice, liberal Jewish boy from the Bronx come to be called a conservative?

Ben J. Wattenberg has been at the center of American ideas and events since 1966, when he became a speechwriter for and aide to President Lyndon B. Johnson. Recruited out of the blue, Wattenberg worked closely with press secretary Bill Moyers and immersed himself in the world of high-powered...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published July 8th 2008 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Phillip Ross
The gist is that as the Democratic party has become increasingly liberal, the moderate liberals became disgusted, and in reaction "founded" neo-conservatism. From the perspective of the radical left, the moderate liberals seemed conservative.

All this really means is that both liberals (radical liberals) and neo cons (moderate liberals) are actually liberal. The whole spectrum of politics has shifted so far left that real conservatives aren't even on the scale any more. And this was done intentio...more
Larry Hostetler
Prior to reading this book I had awareness of the neo-conservative brand but not a clear knowledge of to what it referred let alone where it came from. I found the book to be both interesting and instructive. I had noticed Mr. Wattenberg while channel-surfing but had never settled in to watch his television show. I wish I had. The book gave insight into Washington, some of its recent history, but more importantly into a viewpoint too often dismissed. I heartily encourage others who are seriously...more
Bob Miller
Wattenberg's book comes across as he does on TV - knowledgeable, likeable, and drily humorous with a sometimes choppy delivery. He is a longtime neocon who seems to truly regret a Democratic Party that is lost to him.

As a participant and observer since LBJ's administration his book maintains your interest.

... and Wattenberg does have wit - referring to the European Union as a 'theme park' is chuckle-worthy and dead-on.
The American Conservative
'Ben Wattenberg is an engaging television commentator and by almost all accounts a nice guy. But if Fighting Words: A Tale of How Liberals Created Neo-Conservatism is the best in post-Iraq War neoconservative apologetics, the movement is in far more trouble than the defeat of John McCain would suggest.'

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