The Backlash

Right-Wing Radicals, High-Def Hucksters, and Paranoid Politics in the Age of Obama
The Backlash: Right-Wing Radicals, High-Def Hucksters, and Paranoid Politics in the Age of Obama. Harper: HarperCollins. 2010. c.368p. bibliog. ISBN 9780061991714. $25.99. POL SCI
In this timely work, Bunch (senior writer, Philadelphia Daily News; Tear Down This Myth) surveys today's extreme conservatives, including movements and groups that have formed since Barack Obama's presidency, and since the economic downturn, including the Tea Party and the Oath Keepers. Bunch argues that paranoia and fear, channeled through backlash-espousing websites and media outlets like Fox television, fuel the many unemployed supporters of the backlash to speak out against big government and spending. On the scene at various events and gatherings in several different states, Bunch provides an eye-opening, journalistic account of the activities and political views of the backlash, which he defines as staunchly anti-immigration, anti-gun-control, and anti-health care.
VERDICT An entertaining and engaging read for a general audience interested in current events and American politics. Also recommended for political science researchers.
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