A fresh and sharp-eyed history of political conservatism from its nineteenth-century origins to today's hard Right. For two hundred years, conservatism has defied its reputation as a backward-looking creed by confronting and adapting to liberal modernity..
A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making-from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy....
Anne Applebaum traces this history in an unfamiliar way, looking at the trajectories of individuals caught up in the public events of the last three decades. When politics becomes polarized, which side do you back? If you are a journalist, an intellectual, a civic leader, how do you deal with the re-emergence of authoritarian or nationalist ideas in your country? When your leaders appropriate history, or pedal conspiracies, or eviscerate the media and the judiciary, do you go along with it?
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