February 6, 2011
BOOK OF THE WEEK: WEEK SIX, 2011
Kalman, Laura, Right Star Rising: A New Politics, 1974-1980 (New York & London: Norton, 2010) ("[I]n the middle and late 1970s the United States moved right." "What happened? I could see how the liberal political culture of the age of Roosevelt--the mood and values that shaped politics between 1932 and 1974--produced Richard Nixon. But whence came Gerald Ford? And how had he yielded to someone in some ways more conservative, Jimmy Carter? And how had Carter come to be challenged by someone more conservative still, Jerry Falwell, and been replaced by that 'Roosevelt of the Right' Ronald Reagan?" "That is the story I have tried to to tell in this book. . . ." Id. at xviii. "Everything changed during the five years after Nixon left office because of discontent with the leadership of his moderate successors and conservative entrepreneurialism. Unlike those who have argued for a 'long 1970s' that lasted from 1968 to 1984 or 1978 to 1986, I present the case for a 'short 1970s' from 1975 to 1979. Id. at xx. Also see David Frum, "Unhappy Days," NYT Book Review, Sunday, 9/5/2010).).