Republican Character: From Nixon to Reagan (Haney Foundation) (Hardcover)

Republican Character: From Nixon to Reagan (Haney Foundation) Cover Image
On Our Shelves Now at:
Politics and Prose at 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
4 on hand, as of Aug 21 1:15am


"Politics makes for strange bedfellows," the old saying goes. Americans, however, often forget the obvious lesson underlying this adage: politics is about winning elections and governing once in office. Voters of all stripes seem put off by the rough-and-tumble horse-trading and deal-making of politics, viewing its practitioners as self-serving and without principle or conviction.

Because of these perspectives, the scholarly and popular narrative of American politics has come to focus on ideology over all else. But as Donald T. Critchlow demonstrates in his riveting new book, this obsession obscures the important role of temperament, character, and leadership ability in political success. Critchlow looks at four leading Republican presidential contenders--Richard Nixon, Nelson Rockefeller, Barry Goldwater, and Ronald Reagan--to show that, behind the scenes, ideology mattered less than principled pragmatism and the ability to build coalitions toward electoral and legislative victory.

Drawing on new archival material, Critchlow lifts the curtain on the lives of these political rivals and what went on behind the scenes of their campaigns. He reveals unusual relationships between these men: Nixon making deals with Rockefeller, while Rockefeller courted Goldwater and Reagan, who themselves became political rivals despite their shared conservatism. The result is a book sure to fascinate anyone wondering what it takes to win the presidency of the United States--and to govern effectively.

About the Author

Donald T. Critchlow is Katzin Family Professor of History and Director of the Center for Political Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University and the founding president of the Institute for Political History. He is the author of many books, including Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism: A Woman's Crusade, The Conservative Ascendancy: How the GOP Right Made Political History, and, most recently, Future Right: Forging a New Republican Majority.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780812249774
ISBN-10: 0812249771
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication Date: December 26th, 2017
Pages: 192
Language: English
Series: Haney Foundation

Membership Benefits


 Gift cards can be used online or in-store.

Gift Card