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A conspiratorial life : Robert Welch, the John Birch Society, and the revolution of American conservatism / Edward H. Miller.
Miller, Edward H. (Edward Herbert)
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2021.
456 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm
Welch, Robert, 1899-1985
John Birch Society
Politics and government
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"This biography of Robert Welch, the founder of the John Birch Society, documents how his idiosyncratic philosophizing infused right-wing politics in America. Edward H. Miller explores every aspect of Welch, detailing his youthful egotism; his innovations in candy-making; his mix of brilliance and incompetence; and the development of his raging political beliefs. The John Birch Society was long seen as occupying the farthest reaches of the political spectrum, blending paleo-conservatism, libertarianism, paranoia, and rabid anti-Communism. Miller demonstrates how the Society became central to Republican grassroots operations and how Welch became a guiding light of the right, on a par with William F. Buckley"-- Provided by publisher.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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