Invisible Hands by Kim Phillips-Fein
The Making of the Conservative Movement from the New Deal to Reagan

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“A compelling and readable story of resistance to the new economic order.”—Boston Globe


Invisible Hands tells the story of how a small group of American businessmen succeeded in building a political movement. Long before the “culture wars” of the 1960s sparked the Republican backlash against cultural liberalism, these high-powered individuals actively resisted New Deal economics and sought to educate and organize their peers. Kim Phillips-Fein recounts the little-known efforts of men such as W. C. Mullendore, Leonard Read, and Jasper Crane, drawing on meticulous research and narrative gifts to craft a compelling history of the role of big and small business in American politics—and a blueprint for anyone who wants insight into the way that money has been used to create political change. Some images in the ebook are not displayed owing to permissions issues.
 

About Kim Phillips-Fein

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Kim Phillips-Fein won the Bancroft Dissertation Prize for her research on Invisible Hands. She has written for The Nation, The Baffler, and many other publications. She is an assistant professor at the Gallatin School of New York University and lives in New York City.
 
Published June 29, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. 360 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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"The think tanks, radio stations, magazines, and intellectual organizations that were funded by business contributions during the 1950s helped form the infrastructure for the rise of the conservative movement," Phillips-Fein writes.

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St. Louis Today

Money flows from the special interests to the politicians — and to.

Jan 25 2009 | Read Full Review of Invisible Hands: The Making o...

Bookmarks Magazine

These nearly unknown, larger-than-life, and sometimes eccentric personalities--such as GE's zealous, silver-tongued Lemuel Ricketts Boulware and the self-described "revolutionary" Jasper Crane of DuPont--make for a fascinating, behi...

Jan 11 2009 | Read Full Review of Invisible Hands: The Making o...

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