Norman Podhoretz and Commentary Magazine: The Rise and Fall of the Neocons

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This is a fascinating new study of the neoconservative momevent's leading thinker and magazine: Norman Podhoretz and Commentary . Norman Podhoretz and Commentary Magazine is a unique study of the neoconservative movement's leading thinker and magazine: Norman Podhoretz and Commentary . In this book, Nathan Abrams examines the origins, rise, and fall of neoconservatism and argues that much of what has been said about it in the last six years is the result of willful distortion and exaggeration by both the neocons and their opponents. With ten books and 35 years as Editor of the magazine Commentary , Podhoretz was a powerful force who helped shape neoconservatism. In fact, neoconservatism was almost Podhoretz's personal ideology, one in which he promoted his own ideas for the future direction of America. However, in spite of being described as 'the conductor of the neocon orchestra', Podhoretz is often ignored by current assessments of the neocon movement. Based on archival and unpublished materials, including Podhoretz's private papers, this is the first detailed and critical study of neoconservatism to focus exclusively on Podhoretz and Commentary . A notable contribution to the study of conservatism in America, this timely book will appeal to anyone who seeks to understand better the movement that has shaped contemporary American politics.