Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative by David Brock

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By David Brock

In a strong and deeply own memoir within the culture of Arthur Koestler's The God That Failed, David Brock, the unique right-wing scandal reporter, chronicles his upward thrust to the top of the conservative move and his painful holiday with it.

David Brock pilloried Anita Hill in a bestseller. His reporting within the American Spectator as a part of the notorious "Arkansas Project" caused the process occasions that ended in the old impeachment trial of President Clinton. Brock was once on the heart of the right-wing soiled methods operation of the Gingrich era--and a real believer--until he might now not deny that the political strength he used to be advancing used to be equipped on little greater than lies, hate, and hypocrisy.

In Blinded by means of the suitable, Brock, who got here out of the closet on the peak of his conservative renown, tells his riveting tale from the start, giving us the 1st insider's view of what Hillary Rodham Clinton referred to as "the monstrous right-wing conspiracy." even if facing the right-wing press, the richly endowed imagine tanks, Republican political operatives, or the Paula Jones case, Brock names names from Clarence Thomas on down, uncovers hidden hyperlinks, and demonstrates how the Republican Right's zeal for energy created the toxic political weather that culminated in George W. Bush's election.

Now in paperback and with a brand new afterword via the writer, Blinded by means of the perfect is a vintage political memoir of our occasions.

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Then, too, I gravitated toward power, and by the middle ’80s, although Reagan himself seemed to me to represent the Goldwater tradition of anti-Communism abroad and live-and-let-live libertarianism at home, this tradition had little standing among the party’s intellectuals. The libertarians, housed in Washington’s obscure Cato Institute, had essentially withdrawn from the conservative movement. The neocons, by contrast, were Reagan’s court intellectuals. They ran the important magazines, and they controlled the important right-wing foundations.

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