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University of Virginia Press
"This book examines Spiro Agnew as a politician who, under the tutelage of William Safire, Pat Buchanan, Kevin Phillips, and Richard Nixon, became a spokesman for a right-wing populism that enabled Republicans to wrest the title "the people's party," from the Democrats. Agnew provides a useful point of entry to understand the ascendancy of anti-elitist, populist Republican conservatism of figures like Goldwater, Agnew, Buchanan, and Reagan, and the...
Cornell University Press
"In The Populist Persuasion, the distinguished historian Michael Kazin guides readers through the expressions of conflict between powerful elites and "the people" that have run through our civic life, filling it with discord and meaning from the birth of the United States until the present day. Kazin argues persuasively that the power of populism lies in its adaptable nature. Across the political spectrum, commentators paste the label on forces and...
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