“An incisive intellectual history” –The New York Times

When Barack Obama campaigned for president, he promised not just to “end the war in Iraq,” but to “end the mindset that got us into the war in the first place.” What did he mean? In U.S. vs. Them, J. Peter Scoblic chronicles the birth of conservatism in the early years of the Cold War and shows how its insistence on seeing the world in terms of us-versus-them and good-versus-evil not only increased the threat of nuclear war with the Soviet Union, but obstructed recent efforts to prevent North Korea, Iran, and even al Qaeda from getting the bomb. In showing how right-wing ideas have had disastrous consequences, U.S. vs. Them illuminates the path to renewed American leadership in the twenty-first century and safety from the most dangerous threat we face today: nuclear terrorism. More->

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