I recently finished Jacob Heilbrunn's 2008 book They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons.
Much has been written about this purported group of arch-conservatives
and their role in the last presidential administration. Heilbrunn's
traces their humble origins as anti-Trotsyist radical students arguing
with their pro-Soviet ideological adversaries in the CCNY cafeteria
in the 30's and 40's to the conservative think tanks and opinion magazines to the Bush-Chaney White House.
This book was, well for lack of a better word, OK. While some reviewers
of this book did not find the early days of this political movement
interesting, I did. If anything, Heilbrunn did a pretty good job
showing that conservatism is not a monolithic movement. You have
competing interests and ideologies. Beliefs and allegiances are never
Moving right along, next we come to Humanity's Future
from the Opposing Viewpoints Series of books. Set up a bit like a high
school or undergrad textbook, it features pro and con essays devoted to
such subjects as globalization, genetic engineering, global warming and
pollution. I found it somewhat
ight and informative. While this anthology did cover a number of interesting and timely subjects, I didn't think the book was that impressive.