- J. Dionne is a liberal columnist who writes frequently on political issues. His book, Why the Right Went Wrong, is a history and analysis of the conservative movement in America from the early 1960s to 2015. In a politically neutral, if somewhat dry tome, Dionne points out that the radicalization and polarization of conservative politics is not a new phenomenon, but that it actually started with the failed 1964 campaign of Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater’s appeal to older southern white men, which diverted the Republican Party into a cycle of voting based on anger at government and distrust of cultural change, a cycle that, if not changed, will make it increasingly difficult for the GOP to prevail in national elections where the voter demographic is increasingly young and non-white. Summary of Why the Right Went Wrong by E. J. Dionne by Instaread is a comprehensive look at the book, which helps to dispel many of the myths about conservative politics in a fair and balanced way.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. It is a treasure for anyone who likes to read, but has neither the time nor the money to read every new book that comes out. I give this one five stars.