American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia is the first comprehensive reference volume to cover what is surely the most influential political and intellectual movement of the last half century. More than fifteen years in the making—and more than half a million words in length—this informative and entertaining encyclopedia contains substantive entries of up to two thousand words on those persons, events, organizations, and concepts of major importance to postwar American conservatism. Its contributors include iconic patriarchs of the conservative and libertarian movements, including Russell Kirk, M. E. Bradford, Gerhart Niemeyer, Stephen J. Tonsor, Peter Stanlis, and Murray Rothbard; celebrated scholars such as George H. Nash, Peter Augustine Lawler, Allan Carlson, Daniel J. Mahoney, Wilfred McClay, Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, George W. Carey, and Paul Gottfried; well-known authors, including George Weigel, Lee Edwards, Richard Brookhiser, and Gregory Wolfe; and influential movement activists and leaders such as M. Stanton Evans, Morton Blackwell, Leonard Liggio, and Llewellyn Rockwell.
Ranging from "abortion" to "Zoll, Donald Atwell," and written from viewpoints as various as those which have informed the postwar conservative movement itself, the encyclopedia’s more than 600 entries will orient readers of all kinds to the people and ideas that have given shape to contemporary American conservatism. This long-awaited volume is not to be missed.
What They're Saying...
"For conservatives, this is the book of the year—a must-own title."
— John J. Miller, National Review Online
"Now American conservatism can claim another mark of distinction: an encyclopedia all its own."
— The New York Times
"The strong and interlocking entries found in this encyclopedia will make it of great value to all who are interested in American conservatism. Its clarity and richness will suggest fresh and intriguing relations among conservative ideas, thinkers, movements, organizations, and politics. Certainly for all but the stubborn, habituated, and ideologically tenacious of right and left, it will end the ironclad identity of American conservatism with the political right and the Republican party."
— Joseph Amato, Journal of Social History
"This well-edited encyclopedia arrives just as a new debate over the meaning of conservatism is opening. American Conservatism will prove useful for quick retrieval of basic information about key figures, events, and publications. But it promises to be especially valuable on account of its lengthier essays on a wide range of topics. No conservative—indeed, no student of American history and politics—can do without this excellent volume."
— Terry Eastland, Publisher, The Weekly Standard
"An excellent source of information and insight, American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia, is the mirror image of my own, Encyclopedia of the American Left, destined to fascinate, inform and
enrage, neither doctrinaire nor long-winded but well-written and entertaining."
— Paul Buhle, Senior Lecturer Brown University
"This volume is an enormously ambitious undertaking which succeeds mightily. At once both authoritative and provocative, American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia is an indispensable reference for conservatives and those who seek to understand them. I shall pay it the high compliment of theft!"
— Jonah Goldberg, Editor at large, National Review Online
"American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia took about 15 years to complete, and the result is impressive: over 250 contributors wrote 626 entries filling almost 1,000 pages. There are entries on figures from Lord Acton to Tom Wolfe, on subjects from abortion to the welfare state, and on organizations from the America First Committee to Young Americans for Freedom. But the best accomplishment of the editors (Bruce Frohnen et al.) isn't in having assembled so many words…it's in having assembled so many different opinions…If there is room for a tribute to anarchism in American Conservatism, the right is a big tent indeed. Who says conservatives aren't tolerant?"
— The American Enterprise Online
"Not everyone will endorse the substance of every entry, and inclusions and omissions will always prompt debate. This is a splendid, and comprehensive, gathering of titles, ideas, people, trends, events, and organizations that comprise the history of American conservatism, no matter how you define it."
— The Weekly Standard
"This particular reference book has weightier things in mind, and it succeeds admirably in identifying the lodestars of conservative thought and values in politics, religion, and the arts… Perhaps the most interesting entries concern philosophy, religion, and the arts, where the editors demonstrate a fine grasp of the cultural wellsprings that conditioned and nurtured conservatism."
— Christopher Willcox, The New York Sun
"This, I trust we can agree, is all for the good; and it is one of the abiding merits of this fine book that most any reader who fancies his own Conservatism the 'true' one, will— if he reads with a probing intellect—find his fancy rebuked. Diversity is among the most brutalized of words in our day; yet in Conservatism we find a diversity deep and humane and exhilarating."
— Paul J Cella, RedState.com
"Producing this encyclopedia was an enormous project; the entries took years to comission, collect, and compile. It is a wonderful resource with many virtues, and should be owned by every serious and inquisitive conservative."
— Claremont Review of Books
"All in all, "American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia" is a marvelous miscellany…great browsing territory."
— The Wall Street Journal
"Sometimes using the word 'conservative' as a political adjective reminds one of what St. Augustine said about time: Everyone knows what it is until they are asked to define it. Fortunately there is now an impressive volume to aid in this quest for clarity."