The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right

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About the Author

Max Boot, historian and foreign-policy analyst, is the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick senior fellow for national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a columnist for the Washington Post. His New York Times bestseller The Road Not Taken was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Biography.


Max Boot mixes lively memoir with sharp analysis to make an important argument about the state of conservatism in America today. This is a book conservatives are going to have to reckon with and that all of us can learn from.--William Kristol, Founder and Editor at large, The Weekly Standard
In this searching and heartfelt account of his personal political evolution, Max Boot has given us a particular story with universal import. In this chaotic time, his sane and sober voice is a vital one, and his story is testament to the battle our better angels must wage against the insidious forces of darkness.--Jon Meacham, author of The Soul of America
Max Boot came to America as a young refugee whose parents fled the old Soviet Union. A conservative inspired by Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan, Boot now finds himself a political refugee rightly offended by the excesses of Trump's Republican Party and the continued collapse of American conservatism. His latest work is an important must-read for anyone hoping to better understand where the right went wrong and what the future of American politics has in store for us all.--Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC's Morning Joe
In this poignant and brave political memoir, Max Boot digs deep and chronicles the intellectual journey that caused him to question previous beliefs and quit the Republican Party of Donald Trump. Both an intriguing confessional and an insightful behind-the-scenes exploration of how the conservative movement went awry, this candid, engaging, and important account provides critical lessons for the current moment and the days ahead.--David Corn, co-author of Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump
This is a significant book, and an elegantly written and enjoyable one. In explaining his own intellectual and political evolution, Max Boot presents a vivid modern version of America's timeless immigrant making-it saga--and also documents the catastrophic decision of many of his colleagues to abandon conservative principles in favor of Trump-era resentments and tribalism. This book will stand as a clear-eyed look at our times, and as part of the effort to find a better way forward.--James Fallows, national correspondent, The Atlantic
[A] page-turner.... Max Boot reveals himself as a thoughtful and serious individual who is wary of dogmatism from either political side. We who are readers of his books and regular columns should be thankful for his insight into the conservative movement, and for his intellectual growth and honesty.--Ron Radosh, Tablet
I found Boot's book to be a valuable and provocative dissection of the things we had glossed over, rationalized, or ignored. He has sparked a debate that we need to have: to what extent does Trump retrospectively discredit the modern conservative movement?--Charlie Sykes, Weekly Standard
[A] lively memoir and acidic anti-Trump polemic...Like many of the best memoirs of ideas, Boot's story is one of conversion and de-conversion--of faith gained and then lost... Boot bolted. It was a decision both understandable and admirable. And he does a very good job of telling the story of what led him to it.--Damon Linker, New York Times Book Review
Boot has written the essential book of the Trump era, the one that needs to be read immediately by those of all political stripes.--Allen Barra, Alternet
Washington Post columnist and CNN global affairs analyst Boot (The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam, 2018) contemplates the collapse of the GOP under the poisonous influence of Donald Trump. The author is convinced that the Republican Party will suffer repeated and devastating defeats for its embrace of extremism, conspiracy mongering, ignorance, isolationism, and white nationalism.... Republicans particularly need to read this book.--Kirkus Reviews