Lyons begins with the premise that most universities have been negligent in helping undergraduates understand a movement that has shaped the political landscape for half a century. In addition, in a series of essays that frame the teaching log, he makes the case that conservatives have too often failed to adhere to basic, Burkean principles, and that the best of conservatism has often appeared as a form of liberalism from thinkers such as Hannah Arendt, Reinhold Niebuhr, and George Kennan. The essays also cover the history of conservatism, conservative use of the city-on-a-hill metaphor, and an examination of how the promise of Camelot sophistication was subverted by a resurgence of right-wing populism.
With this volume, Lyons has greatly deepened our understanding of American conservatism.
--Louis A. Ferleger, Professor of History, Boston University
A rich and inspiring account of his experience teaching a senior seminar on American conservatism
--Political Science Quarterly
A set of unusual supple and highly-personal reflections on the best ways to analyze conservative movements in the United States.
--David Watt, Temple University
A model of liberal learning, and the crucial role of the study of conservatism within it.
--Rick Perlstein, author of Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America