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The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker. Katherine J. Crammer. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
What is Populism? Jan-Werner Müller. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016.
The Plot Against America. Philip Roth. New York: Vintage, 2005.
The Sell Out: A Novel. Paul Beatty. New York: Picador, 2016.
 
The election of Donald Trump to the presidency still remains…

Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010. Charles Murray. New York: Crown Forum, 2013.
Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. Robert D. Putnam. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2015.
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right. Arlie Russell Hochschild. New York: The New Press, 2016.
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.…

The End of White Christian America. Robert P. Jones. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2016.
Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society. R. R. Reno. Washington D.C.: Regnery Faith Publishing, 2016.
American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us. Robert D. Putnam and David Campbell. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2010.
 
According to Robert J. Jones’ The End of White Christian America, white…

What’s the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America. Thomas Frank. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2004.
Listen, Liberal; Or, Whatever Happened to the People? Thomas Frank. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2016.
Why Liberals Win (Even When They Lost Elections): How America’s Raucous, Nasty, and Mean Culture Wars Make for a More Inclusive Nation. Stephen Prothero. New York: HarperOne, 2016.
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Who Are We? The Challenges to America’s National Identity. Samuel P. Huntington. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004.
The Big Sort. Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart. Bill Bishop. New York: Mariner Books, 2009.
A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars. Andrew Hartman. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016.
Age of Fracture. Daniel…

Why did you choose the path of the independent scholar as opposed to a university professor?
In 1975, when I was on the job market for my first college/university teaching appointment, a foundation in Iowa invited me to write a definitive, scholarly, and - as it turned out - multi-volume biography of Herbert Hoover. I was offered a full time contract…

American conservative journalist, television commentator, and politician, Patrick Buchanan may be best remembered for his speech at the 1992 Republican Convention when he declared “[T]here is a religious war going on . . . for the soul of America.”  The speech was controversial for calling upon religious conservatives to “take back the culture, and take back our country” from a…

A controversial novel when it was first published, Saul Bellow’s Mr. Sammler’s Planet (1970) remains worth revisiting, even though the social and political conflicts of the 1960s have transformed themselves into an acceptable bobo ethos. With the inauguration of a new president, who was brought into office on the campaign message of hope and change, Bellow’s novel serves as a…

Bellow’s first novel, Dangling Man (1944), is about a man named Joseph who does not know how to integrate himself in American life without losing the spiritual value of his isolation from society. Influenced by the current milieu of the time of modernism and existentialism, Bellow presents an alienated hero who seeks to find meaning in a hostile environment.1 Written…

This volume looks at the political thought and milieu of one of the great, if not the greatest, American writers in the second half of the twentieth century: Saul Bellow. Not only does Bellow confront some of the major political themes of his and our time – religious identity, race relations, and multiculturalism – but the evolution of his own…