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Where the Right Went Wrong: How Neoconservatives Subverted the Reagan Revolution and Hijacked the Bush Presidency

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American Empire is at its apex. We are the sole superpower with no potential challenger for a generation. We can reach any point on the globe with our cruise missiles and smart bombs and our culture penetrates every nook and cranny of the global village. Yet we are now the most hated country on earth, buried beneath a mountain of debt and morally bankrupt.

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Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published December 31st 2000)
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Buchanan is, like Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, Amy Goodman, Michael Moore and a few others that slip my mind at the moment, what I would call a system approved rebel, a gatekeeper, or controlled opposition. He says a lot of good things, utters truths that someone in the mainstream or borderline mainstream would never bring up but when you get to the most crucial points or stances they always seem to avoid taking a true offensive against the power structure that they feign opposition against. More ...more
Patrick Buchanan got it right in this book. He writes that Bush's posture after 9/11 is unconstitutional and harmful to the U.S. Nowhere in the Constitution is the president afforded the power of making preemptive war, yet his approach was to declare a virtual battle against evil, rather than going after the perpetrator of the act itself. Ignoring precedent and reality (numerous countries have developed chemical and nuclear capacities in the twentieth century despite U.S. policy to prevent such ...more
Pat Buchanan does a great job differentiating neocons from traditional conservatives. This was written six years ago (2004) and its remarkable to actually see his predictions come true as far as trade deficits, currency debasements and blowback (terrorism) are concerned.

One idea that was new to me...It was the first time I had heard of a conservative strongly disagree with Milton Freidman and international free trade. But his arguement made sense from a Hamiltonian point of view; free trade amon
Nathan Tensen
Pat Buchanan gets a bum rap. Many liberals hate him for working for Nixon and Reagan and think of him as a racist nationalist. Minus the Reagan stint, many on the right hate him for the same reasons. But it's not all fair. Yes, he's a social conservative and a right-winger, but he is undoubtedly an intelligent guy and has somethings of merit to say. On Israel for instance, his stance is entirely reasonable (that is to criticize the damagingly close relationship the U.S. has with the country even ...more
Pat Buchanan savages GWBush's Neoconservative foreign policy as a costly and doomed over-reach to create the Pax Americana. His arguments did not rise to isolationism, but he clearly wants us to cease trying to police the world. He portrays the US as being at an “Imperial apogee,” which because of enormous expense, and world and national opposition will inevitably fall from power and pre-eminence. He is very bitter that the Neocons (ex-big government liberals) hijacked the Republican party from ...more
Phillip W.
A trenchant critique of the state of the political right, which has not much improved since Buchanan first penned this book. One need not agree with everything Buchanan writes to profit from his analyses, insights, and diagnoses.

The fact remains is that free trade has become an undiluted dogma, the US lacks a coherent industrial policy, and we are in a state of seemingly endless cultural and moral decline. Buchanan scores lacerating points on all these issues. He reminds the reader that the Righ
Aug 08, 2009 Kent rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: adults who want to understand American politics from a true conservative
Recommended to Kent by: won the book at a GOP meeting
I won this at the Oakville GOP for guessing the 2008 Iowa Caucus results.

I've read other Buchanan books, and I realize he's actually a good author and decent writer.

This book is well researched, more facts and figures than I had expected.

Also, the book gives a good truncated history of Islam from its start. Buchanan also takes time to explain some Chinese history and American history.

This was written in 2004, so the Bush v. Kerry outcome was unknown. The book is already dated, but Buchanan's bla
Skylar Burris
Buchanan lambastes the Bush administration and the Republican party, which he believes has abandoned its conservative roots in favor of expanding empire and increasing spending in order to buy votes. Buchanan is a semi-isolationist and a protectionist, and he rejects the free trade mantra that has been more or less accepted by both parties. While I agree with him that the Republican party has strayed from its small-government roots and become just another big government party, I find his economi ...more
J. Ewbank
I normally would read nothing by this author because I do not really care for his politics, at least some of his politics in the past.

This is an interesting book, is very thought provoking if you take the time to really understand what he is saying.

It does raise many questions in my mind. So, all told it was a read that I am glad to have finished and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

For those interested in the political scene, it gives some good information from the conservative point of
I'm not a big fan of Patrick Buchanan, but I really enjoyed this book, and have recommended it repeatedly since I read it. Read how the "right" has kicked it's so-called friends and cohorts to the curb to reshape itself as big government pimps while claiming just the opposite. I really wish Pat would just come out and refuse to support the people he clearly has no regard or respect for, but he seems to hae a great need for approval from his former or quasi-former friends.
Alex Sarmiento
The contradictions inherent in the paleoconservative worldview on full display here
Taft Babbitt
I have a lot of respect for Buchanan as a critical thinker and conservative. I dont agree with all his assertions but the book puts for some ideas that are worth our reflective consideration. It's hard to know who may be correct as we listen to all these different politicians and their visions and nightmars that the future might hold but most of them have real reasons that they have come to certain conclusions and we should think them through for ourselves.
I read this for a book club, and I was honestly surprised at how much I agreed with him on his foreign policy stance. Socially, not one iota. He lays down a very good argument for traditional conservatism, and seems to be eerily prescient in terms of Iraq and the economy. I learned a lot about "old school conservatives" and while I don't agree with all of his positions, I learned a lot about the difference between the two types of conservatism.
Adam Spivey
Great book, Buchanan makes the case that we burned up all of our good will after 9/11. We should have have isolated the terrorists and worked with Islamic countries that wanted to help us. Instead we went on an ideolgical crusade to Westernize all of the Middle East and alienated our friends. Buchanan demonstrates this is exactly what Al Queda wanted to bring in more recruits. The chapter on China is phenominal. Highly recommend this book.
It scared the bejesus out of me to realize I agreed with half the book! But then Buchanan tried to talk about economics, so thankfully reverted to his usual idiocy. But seriously, I agreed with most of what he said in Part 1 of the book - scary. lol
Very perceptive book. Although I generally am not a fan of Buchanan, he really nails the problems of the conservative movement and makes some good arguments for a roll-back of the changes caused by the Bush neo-conservative crew.
Owen Carver
Good history, bad politics. Patrick is a realist conservative who bashes bush well. This is a good book for Republicans to read. Buchanan cares about the things that Republicans care about.
Graceanne Bowe
As usual, Buchanan hits the nail on the head when it comes to foreign policy. His no-holds-barred look at the neo-con driven war against the Islamic world is sobering.
Buchanon is great at pointing out the symptoms and some of the root causes of the demise of the grand ideals of conservatism. His solutions, however, leave much to be desired.
Excellent read. For anyone that would like a better understanding and perspective of why we are in the mess we're in today, give this a look. I learned a lot.
Sep 23, 2013 Chamie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Ron Lubovich
I'm with him until he gets to his imperative to preserve "white culture" against foreigners, which he almost describes as barbarian hordes.
Where the Right Went Wrong: How Neoconservatives Subverted the Reagan Revolution and Hijacked the Bush Presidency by Patrick J. Buchanan (2004)
A good read. I can't agree with everything that Buchanan asserts (who can?), but it was interesting.
Kirk Bower
Don't always agree with Buchanan, but you always know where he stands. Have enjoyed his writing. good book.
Bob Helm
Buchanan has a great knowledge of political, American, and world history. It's a great read for that alone.
Weston Y
Good book. Open my eyes to a few things regarding the nonconservative movement.
Roger Singh
Interesting book
Great insight into the dividing line between conservatives and NeoCons. Well written.
Andrea marked it as to-read
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One of America's best known paleoconservatives, Buchanan served as a senior advisor to Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan. He ran for president in 1992, 1996 and 2000. Buchanan is an isolationist on the subject of American foreign policy and believes in a restrictive immigration policy.
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