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The Republican Reversal

Conservatives and the Environment from Nixon to Trump

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$41.00 • £35.95 • €37.95

ISBN 9780674979970

Publication Date: 11/12/2018


280 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

10 photos, 1 map, 5 illus., 1 table


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Trace[s] the G.O.P.’s turn against conservation to Ronald Reagan, who equated environmentalism with pessimism, and pessimism with a lack of patriotism.—Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker

Juxtaposes the conservative and environmental movements in the 1960s, offering new insights into their coevolution… A well-written account of the Republican Party’s dramatic transformation on environmental policy over the past 40 years.—Neal D. Woods, Science

Zeroes in on the 180-degree change that has taken place in the Republican Party’s policy positions on [environmental] matters, exemplified by Trump’s campaign pledge to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency and his dismissal of climate science… Turner and Isenberg describe the conservative switcharoo on the environment as one of the most profound turnabouts in modern American political history.—M. Rupert Cutler, The Roanoke Times

In the 1970s the politics of conservatism and conservationism were intertwined, but in recent decades the Republican Party has transformed itself from an ally of environmentalism to its avowed enemy. In their fascinating The Republican Reversal, Turner and Isenberg chronicle the significant changes inside the party and the staggering consequences for the nation.—Kevin M. Kruse, author of One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America

For anyone who wants to understand how the GOP, once populated by legions of environmental stalwarts, became the science-denying, fossil fuel–fancying Party of No on environmental protections, Turner and Isenberg have written a must-read book.—David Farber, author of The Rise and Fall of Modern American Conservatism

A well-researched, fair-minded, and often surprising explanation of a stark transformation that will affect us all, The Republican Reversal should interest everyone who cares deeply about the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink. It will particularly fascinate GOP voters wondering why their party’s leaders started misinforming the public on climate science just as action became urgent for the planet we bequeath to our children and grandchildren.—Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America

The Republican Reversal is a timely and compelling analysis of why climate change has become the most polarizing issue in American politics. It is a must-read for anyone hopeful that the United States might once again be an environmental leader.—Adam Rome, author of The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation

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