Raising Them Right: The Untold Story of America’s Ultraconservative Youth Movement and Its Plot for Power

Ecco. Oct. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9780063041363. $29.99. POL SCI
Award-winning journalist Spencer contends that the rise of far-right voters is not a passing fad in this investigative work focused on the rise of celebrities such as Candace Owens who are at the forefront of a billionaire-funded movement designed to bring young people into the GOP fold. Spencer emerges as the authority on this movement by shedding light on the individuals and corporations funding the activist groups behind these celebrities. Her research centers around Owens, Charlie Kirk, and Cliff Maloney, and their mission to influence people of color and youth into becoming far-right voters. The author illuminates the motivations donors have for funding “re-education” college programs, aimed at indoctrinating them into the far-right fold. The one-on-one interviews with celebrities also give readers a better understanding of their thoughts, feelings, and actions. Readers will gain insight into the movement’s objectives, tools, and social media prowess and how the development of a celebrity culture has helped grow its network.
VERDICT A powerful investigative work that is likely to circulate well with patrons interested in political science and sociology titles.
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