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This polemic is a must-read whether you love or hate neo-conservatives. Authors Stefan Halper and Jonathan Clarke provide a comprehensive history of the neo-conservative movement, and outline every conceivable charge against them. The authors fervently contend that neo-cons have led the United States into a war with Iraq and have done immense damage to America’s liberties, its reputation abroad and its moral integrity. People who love neo-conservatives should read this book to learn the worst that can be said about them so that they can prepare responses, especially during an election year. People who hate neo-conservatives should read this book because it will reconfirm their deepest prejudices and animosities. However, cautions, people who are neutral on neo-cons will find this book something of a hard go - the authors have an axe to grind, and grind away they do. They offer strong views and information tinged with passion, so if you find yourself elated - or deeply annoyed - write to them, and not to us.

In this summary, you will learn

  • The case against the neo-conservatives;
  • Why neo-cons focused on Iraq; and
  • What should be done to repair the damage neo-cons have caused.

About the Authors

Stefan Halper is a Senior Fellow, at the Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge, where he directs the Donner Atlantic Studies Programme. Jonathan Clarke is a Foreign Affairs Scholar at the CATO Institute in Washington, D.C.



The Case Against Neo-ConsNeo-conservatives are a cabal of journalists, politicians and academics, some of whom have managed to establish undeserved reputations for objectivity and credibility. Neo-conservatives are, in fact, a dangerous bunch of ideologues, bent on pushing America in a direction that...

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