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March 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
In-Person: An Evening with Matthew Dallek
Books & Books presents…
AN EVENING WITH MATTHEW DALLEK
(Basic Books, $32)
Monday, March 27th, 7 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables
Don’t miss the chance to hear from acclaimed historian and author Matthew Dallek as he discusses his latest book at Books & Books. Join us for an insightful and engaging event where Dallek will share Birchers: How the John Birch Society Radicalized the American Right (Basic Books, $32).
This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event so make sure to stay after the talk for a book signing! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.
About the Book:
How a notorious far right organization set the Republican Party on a long march toward extremism
At the height of the John Birch Society’s activity in the 1960s, critics dismissed its members as a paranoid fringe. After all, “Birchers” believed that a vast communist conspiracy existed in America and posed an existential threat to Christianity, capitalism, and freedom. But as historian Matthew Dallek reveals, the Birch Society’s extremism remade American conservatism. Most Birchers were white professionals who were radicalized as growing calls for racial and gender equality appeared to upend American life. Conservative leaders recognized that these affluent voters were needed to win elections, and for decades the GOP courted Birchers and their extremist successors. The far right steadily gained power, finally toppling the Republican establishment and electing Donald Trump.
Birchers is a deeply researched and indispensable new account of the rise of extremism in the United States.
About the Author:
Matthew Dallek is a historian and professor at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. The author of The Right Moment and Defenseless Under the Night, his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Politico, the Atlantic, and others. He lives in Washington, DC.