352 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-2923-0
Published: January 2017
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2924-7
Published: October 2016
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Today’s bitter partisanship encourages us to deny that such a moderate tradition is part of our historical development--one dating back to the Constitutional Convention. Brown offers a less polemical and far more compelling assessment of our politics.
About the Author
David S. Brown is the Raffensperger Professor of History at Elizabethtown College. His published works include Richard Hofstadter: An Intellectual Biography.
For more information about David S. Brown, visit the Author Page.
“This provocative and obviously timely analysis is an important reminder of the role that reason and compromise have played in bridging the gap between political extremes.”--Kirkus Reviews
"It's hard to imagine a better time for a few kind words on behalf of the moderate worldview--and we are fortunate to have them from [this] immoderately insightful new book"--Daniel Akst, The Wall Street Journal
“Closely narrated case studies. . . . [Moderates] has opened a promising line of inquiry.”--The Chronicle of Higher Education
“David Brown seeks to correct conventional wisdom by arguing that, historically, ‘moderates’ played a more significant role in American politics than today’s pundits on the right and left suggest. Taking issue with ‘presentists’ who maintain that moderates have had little intellectual consistency or influence, Brown traces moderate thought and policy proposals back to the founding of the nation, maintaining that centrism has always had a common purpose.”--Thomas W. Devine, California State University, Northridge
“Significant, striking, and highly original, David Brown’s Moderates grapples with major facets of American political history in an unconventional way. Rather than decrying polarization or tearfully asking how we got this way, Brown examines the major figures of the past who eschewed partisanship, practiced moderation, and strove mightily to keep the polity together. Brown’s comprehensive and refreshing look at the history of the moderate tradition will no doubt inform our current discussions surrounding the American political system.”--John Milton Cooper Jr., University of Wisconsin-Madison