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Praise for Liberal Fascism

“Well-researched, seriously argued, and funny.”
-Publishers Weekly

“Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism will enrage many people on the left, but his dire thesis deserves serious attention. Going back to the eugenics movement there has been a strain of elitist moral certainty that allows one group of people to believe they have the right to determine the lives of others. We have replaced the divine right of kings with the divine right of self-righteous groups. Democracy and the rights of the individual stand against both systems of domination. Goldberg will lead you to new understanding and force you to think deeply.”
—Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House

“In the greatest hoax of modern history, Russia’s ruling “socialist workers party,” the Communists, established themselves as the polar opposites of their two socialist clones, the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (quicknamed “the Nazis”) and Italy’s Marxist-inspired Fascisti, by branding both as “the fascists.” Jonah Goldberg is the first historian to detail the havoc this spin of all spins has played upon Western thought for the past seventy-five years, very much including the present moment. Love it or loathe it, Liberal Fascism is a book of intellectual history you won’t be able to put down—in either sense of the term.”
—Tom Wolfe, author of A Man in Full and I Am Charlotte Simmons

“‘It is my argument that American liberalism is a totalitarian political religion,’ Jonah Goldberg writes near the beginning of Liberal Fascism. My first reaction was that he is engaging in partisan hyperbole. That turned out to be wrong. Liberal Fascism is nothing less than a portrait of twentieth-century political history as seen through a new prism. It will affect the way I think about that history—and about the trajectory of today’s politics—forever after.”
—Charles Murray, author of Coming Apart and coauthor (with Richard J. Herrnstein) of The Bell Curve

“Jonah Goldberg argues that liberals today have doctrinal and emo- tional roots in twentieth-century European fascism. Many people will be shocked just by the thought that long-discredited fascism could mu- tate into the spirit of another age. It’s always exhilarating when some- one takes on received opinion, but this is not a work of pamphleteering. Goldberg’s insight, supported by a great deal of learning, happens to be right.”
—David Pryce-Jones, author of The Strange Death of the Soviet Union

“In the 1930s, the socialist intellectual H. G. Wells called for the creation of a “liberal fascism,” which he envisioned as a totalitarian state governed by an oligarchy of benevolent experts. In Liberal Fascism, Jonah Goldberg brilliantly traces the intellectual roots of fascism to their surprising source, showing not only that the ideas that motivate fascism derive from the left, but that the liberal fascist impulse is alive and well among contemporary progressives—and is even a temptation for compassionate conservatives.”
—Ronald Bailey, author of The End of Doom

“One of the best and brightest of his generation. Plenty to argue with here, but with Jonah, come prepared to face a quick mind, a great wit, and a lot of humanity.”
—William J. Bennett, fellow at The Claremont Institute and author of America: The Last Best Hope

“A wealth of challenging insights, backed up by thorough research and brilliant analysis. This is the sort of book that challenges the fundamental assumptions of its time. Get a copy and start rethinking the received notions about who is on ‘the Left’ and who is on ‘the Right.’ ”
—Thomas Sowell

“Read Liberal Fascism in full for its colorful quotes and convincing documentation. The author, hitherto known as a smart, sharp-elbowed polemicist, has proven himself a major political thinker.”
—Daniel Pipes

“This is an utterly brilliant book by one of the blazingest lights on the scene. Jonah Goldberg writes like a dream, and hefts one mighty big brain. He’s just plain exciting to read. A wonderful book in every way.”
—Christopher Buckley, author of Thank You for Smoking

“A call for correctly understanding a conservatism besmirched by lib- eral smears and its own partisans’ compromises. Goldberg’s important book is a good first step towards reinvigorating the conservative tradi- tion.”
—Bruce Thornton, coauthor of Bonfire of the Humanities