The Republican Reversal: Conservatives and the Environment from Nixon to Trump

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6.2 X 1.0 X 9.4 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

James Morton Turner is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Wellesley College. His first book, The Promise of Wilderness: American Environmental Politics since 1964, received the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Book Award for the best book in conservation history by the Forest History Society in 2013. Turner has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation in support of his research in environmental history, politics, and policy. Turner has also been active in local sustainability initiatives in Massachusetts.
Andrew C. Isenberg is the author of Mining California: An Ecological History (Hill and Wang, 2005) and The Destruction of the Bison: An Environmental History, 1750-1920 and the editor of The Nature of Cities: Culture, Landscape, and Urban Space. He is a historian at Temple University and lives in Penn Valley, PA.


In the 1970s the politics of conservatism and conservationism were intertwined, but in recent decades the Republican Party has transformed itself from an ally of environmentalism to its avowed enemy. In their fascinating The Republican Reversal, Turner and Isenberg chronicle the significant changes inside the party and the staggering consequences for the nation.--Kevin M. Kruse, author of One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America
For anyone who wants to understand how the GOP, once populated by legions of environmental stalwarts, became the science-denying, fossil fuel-fancying Party of No on environmental protections, Turner and Isenberg have written a must-read book.--David Farber, author of The Rise and Fall of Modern American Conservatism
A well-researched, fair-minded, and often surprising explanation of a stark transformation that will affect us all, The Republican Reversal should interest everyone who cares deeply about the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink. It will particularly fascinate GOP voters wondering why their party's leaders started misinforming the public on climate science just as action became urgent for the planet we bequeath to our children and grandchildren.--Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America
The Republican Reversal is a timely and compelling analysis of why climate change has become the most polarizing issue in American politics. It is a must-read for anyone hopeful that the United States might once again be an environmental leader.--Adam Rome, author of The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation
Juxtaposes the conservative and environmental movements in the 1960s, offering new insights into their coevolution...A well-written account of the Republican Party's dramatic transformation on environmental policy over the past 40 years.--Neal D. Woods"Science" (11/05/2018)