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Right-Wing Populism in America
Too Close for Comfort

Chip Berlet and Matthew N. Lyons

499 Pages
Size: 6.12" x 9.25"
Paperback
November 2000
ISBN 978-1-57230-562-5
Cat. #0562
Price: $50.00 $42.50
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Hardcover
November 2000
ISBN 978-1-57230-568-7
Cat. #0568
Price: $85.00 $72.25
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Winner of an Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America
“This book shines brilliant light on right-wing populist movements that have undermined democracy throughout U.S. history—and are still influencing politics and policies today. The book shows how populist rhetoric has been used by far-right and mainstream politicians alike to divide people with scapegoating and deflect them from achieving greater social and economic equity.”

—Holly Sklar, author of Chaos or Community?: Seeking Solutions, Not Scapegoats for Bad Economics


“This long-awaited history and critical analysis has arrived right on time. The increased presence of the Right in this country has confused many people with its varied shapes and forms. This book gives the context needed for students and monitors of the Right to understand why these antidemocratic forces continue to thrive in our society.”

—Suzanne Pharr, author of In the Time of the Right: Reflections on Liberation, and Homophobia: A Weapon of Sexism


“This book makes significant strides toward a greater understanding of right-wing social movements in the United States. Berlet and Lyons present a holistic sociopolitical history that avoids many common theoretical pitfalls and oversimplifications. Instead of separating right-wing organizations into 'mainstream' and 'extremist' groups, these authors examine shades of populist ideologies that lead to both convergence and contradiction on the American political landscape. Their timely and compelling arguments lead us to reevaluate our definitions of these social movements and call for a reexamination of ineffective social policies aimed at containing right-wing groups. This accessible and engaging book is appropriate for use in undergraduate and graduate classes and will also be useful for a more general readership.”

—Stephanie Shanks-Meile, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Indiana University Northwest


“Chip Berlet has been a valuable resource for many years to everyone concerned about the potentially dangerous right-wing ideological strains that operate in this country. His work with Political Research Associates has been a most important source of data and analysis. Now he and Matthew Lyons have made yet another major contribution. Right Wing Populism in America builds on their years of expertise to provide a sweeping historical account of the tradition of such tendencies in American politics....This is an important analysis for everyone—scholars and nonspecialists alike—who wishes to understand the complex, sometimes ugly forces that have participated in shaping the American political landscape.”

—Adolph Reed, Jr., author of Class Notes
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