They Knew They Were Right by Jacob Heilbrunn
The Rise of the Neocons

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From its origins in 1930s Marxism to its unprecedented influence on George W. Bush's administration, neoconservatism has become one of the most powerful, reviled, and misunderstood intellectual movements in American history. But who are the neocons, and how did this obscure group of government officials, pundits, and think-tank denizens rise to revolutionize American foreign policy?Political journalist Jacob Heilbrunn uses his intimate knowledge of the movement and its members to write the definitive history of the neoconservatives. He sets their ideas in the larger context of the decades-long battle between liberals and conservatives, first over communism, and now over the war on terrorism. And he explains why, in spite of their misguided policy on Iraq, they will remain a permanent force in American politics.


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About Jacob Heilbrunn

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Jacob Heilbrunn is frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times editorial page, where he also writes opinion pieces. He was previously a senior editor at The New Republic and an editor at The National Interest. He has written for The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, the Washington Monthly, the American Prospect, Commentary, and the Weekly Standard. He was a 1997 Japan Society Fellow and a 1994 Arthur F. Burns Fellow in Germany. He has a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.A. from Georgetown University.From the Trade Paperback edition.
 
Published December 24, 2008 by Anchor. 336 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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An in-depth analytical history of neoconservatism and the men and women who created perhaps the most significant foreign-policy shift of the past 25 years.

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News of neoconservatism’s demise has been greatly exaggerated, according to prolific journalist Heilbrunn, who profiles the largely (though by no means exclusively) Jewish makeup of the movem

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Jacob Heilbrunn tells the story of the neoconservative movement by tracing the careers of several generations of its principal actors.

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She believed, and continues to believe, that it's America's mission to help the afflicted around the globe by emphasizing human rights rather than traditional great power politics and spheres of influence.

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At least in past wars - .

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Jacob Heilbrunn is frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times editorial page, where he also writes opinion pieces.

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