Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right

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Wrapped in the Flag A Personal History of America s Radical Right A narrative history of the John Birch Society by a daughter of one of the infamous ultraconservative organization s founding fathers Named a best nonfiction book of by Kirkus Reviews and the Tamp
  • Title: Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right
  • Author: Claire Conner
  • ISBN: 9780807077504
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A narrative history of the John Birch Society by a daughter of one of the infamous ultraconservative organization s founding fathers Named a best nonfiction book of 2013 by Kirkus Reviews and the Tampa Bay Times Long before the rise of the Tea Party movement and the prominence of today s religious Right, the John Birch Society, first established in 1958, championed many oA narrative history of the John Birch Society by a daughter of one of the infamous ultraconservative organization s founding fathers Named a best nonfiction book of 2013 by Kirkus Reviews and the Tampa Bay Times Long before the rise of the Tea Party movement and the prominence of today s religious Right, the John Birch Society, first established in 1958, championed many of the same radical causes touted by ultraconservatives today, including campaigns against abortion rights, gay rights, gun control, labor unions, environmental protections, immigrant rights, social and welfare programs, the United Nations, and even water fluoridation Worshipping its anti Communist hero Joe McCarthy, the Birch Society is perhaps most notorious for its red baiting and for accusing top politicians, including President Dwight Eisenhower, of being Communist sympathizers It also labeled John F Kennedy a traitor and actively worked to unseat him The Birch Society boasted a number of notable members, including Fred Koch, father of Charles and David Koch, who are using their father s billions to bankroll fundamentalist and right wing movements today The daughter of one of the society s first members and a national spokesman about the society, Claire Conner grew up surrounded by dedicated Birchers and was expected to abide by and espouse Birch ideals When her parents forced her to join the society at age thirteen, she became its youngest member of the society From an even younger age though, Conner was pressed into service for the cause her father and mother gave their lives to the nurturing and growth of the JBS She was expected to bring home her textbooks for close examination her mother found traces of Communist influence even in the Catholic school curriculum , to write letters against socialized medicine after school, to attend her father s fiery speeches against the United Nations, or babysit her siblings while her parents held meetings in the living room to recruit members to fight the war on Christmas or potentially poisonous water fluoridation Conner was on deck to lend a hand when JBS notables visited, including founder Robert Welch, notorious Holocaust denier Revilo Oliver, and white supremacist Thomas Stockheimer Even when she was old enough to quit in disgust over the actions of those men, Conner found herself sucked into campaigns against abortion rights and for ultraconservative presidential candidates like John Schmitz It took momentous changes in her own life for Conner to finally free herself of the legacy of the John Birch Society in which she was raised In Wrapped in the Flag, Claire Conner offers an intimate account of the society based on JBS records and documents, on her parents files and personal writing, on historical archives and contemporary accounts, and on firsthand knowledge giving us an inside look at one of the most radical right wing movements in US history and its lasting effects on our political discourse today.
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    WRAPPED IN THE FLAG is a well written, compelling memoir of a political movement that most Americans know almost nothing about During the Cold War, the John Birch Society defined the far right wing of American politics Born in the aftermath of the McCarthy Hearings, it was originally organized to continue McCarthy s work to oppose communism in all of its forms and to root out communists and communist sympathizers in American government and culture As the group developed, it folded and conserva [...]

    After spending five years writing, it was a thrill to read my own book I look forward to hearing from my reading friends after they ve finished Wrapped in the Flag Remember, book is on shelves on today Pick it up at your local bookstore or in your local library You can also order on line at , Barnes and Noble, Indie Books, or Audible books.

    Wrapped in the Flag is an account of 50 years of family history told by the daughter of parents whose far right ideology flattens all thinking into conformity with a view that a virtuous minority is under assault from an all powerful force that guides a foolish, ignorant, deluded nation This is a tragic escape story, well written and persuasive.It is a horror story in that the tag team of Mom and Dad have no emotions but rage and fear, and no plan for their children but to reproduce their rigid [...]

    Wrapped in the Flag is a beautifully written book on Claire Conner s life growing up with extremely radical parents The day I received it in the mail I began reading it and I was unable to put it down I found her story fascinating and learned much about the John Birch Society through her passages.The author had a very unconventional upbringing as her parents were actively involved in the politics of the radical right She was indoctrinated a a young age by her parents views and was not allowed to [...]

    If you think the John Birch Society were a passing lunatic fad of the 50s and 60s, think again They have just mutated and wear the cloak of modern conservatives and fundamentalists Claire Conner was there at the beginning when she was a child and her parents were prominent members of the Birchers This is an excellent example of how ideologues love to create commotion through outlandish conspiracy theories, and regardless of the evidence that refutes them, they dig in their heels to hold to their [...]

    I have no earthly idea how Claire Conner grew up with such a spirit of empathy for others, having been raised by parents who had no empathy, only fear This book is fascinating in its details about the origins of the Radical Right Funny and tragic how they never recognized that extreme Right politics Fascism results in Totalitarianism, just as extreme Left politics Communism does.

    Must read Well written Great information I was also a young wife of a John Bircher and found this 100% accurate

    The author grew up in a family rabidly conservative during the time of the Cold War, the Viet Nam war and the civil rights movement This was a time of major societal upheaval as the structure of American society was terrorized by the Communist menace , the assassination of President Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy African Americans were fighting for their rights, the feminist movement was being born and the right to an abortion was made the law of the land The politics of today ha [...]

    I grew up a young ultra conservative in Wichita, Kansas, another strong hold of the Birch Society A young conservative activist in high school, I often was a guest at JBS meetings Though my parents were not members and not the horrors Conner describes, I knew enough people like them to find her memories of her childhood sadly believable And her description of the right wing personality and beliefs was in keeping with my experience, though Wichita at the time had a few libertarians involved, tha [...]

    Claire Conner grew up in a family that was very active in the John Birch society Her family knew Robert Welch a main financial backer of the society who was good friends with Rousas John Rushdooney the father of Christian reconstructionism which wishes to put America under biblical law and under the dominion of Christians like themselves Her life intersects with the likes of Brent Bozell and Phyllis Schafly who it is revealed in the book had in fact joined the Birch Society before dropping out w [...]

    There might be two good reasons to read this book one, to try to understand the thinking and psychology behind ultra conservative Americans in this case, the John Birch Society and two, to get a feel for American political history from the 1950 s Cold War to the Clinton presidency and the rightwing s years long crusade to impeach Clinton after having lost to him twice at the polls.What is most surprising to me almost shocking, in fact is the recycling of rightwing rhetoric and arguments from the [...]

    Wanted very much to like this book, as I was interested in learning about the John Birch society and I agree with the current politics of the author But this was SO difficult to read, as it was written in such an amateurish manner About 2 3 of the way through the book, I figured out what her style reminded me of a high school term paper Very well researched hundreds of footnotes , but hackneyed In each chapter, she would lay out the points she wanted to make about a particular event or subject, [...]

    If you are a Dr Strangelove fan this memoir will help you appreciate that film s satire by shedding light on some of the political psychosis of the era The author s parents were traditional Catholics and dedicated members of the John Birch Society during the turbulent days of the Red Scare, anti Communist witch hunts, and Vietnam all the way through post 9 11 America Mary Kay Letourneau makes a brief and unexpected appearance Examples of her parent s paranoid religious political lunacy are sad a [...]

    I just finished reading Claire s book It was amazing I knew some things about JBS but this was quite an eye opener I had only heard about JBS a few years ago in the Tea Party craze that swept this country I quite enjoyed that it had a personal story to it rather than reading a stack of dry texts The story really brought the issues to life Well done Claire

    I was hoping for some insight into how some people could ignore facts and logic and fall into extremism But there was no such revelation in this book And maybe that s because there just is no explanation But without that, this book was just a memoir of a life that was only marginally interesting.

    Y all, how should I start Technicalities Let s start with technicalities This isn t history The personal part in the title is extremely important It s a memoir It s a boomer memoir of 1950s and 1960s by a woman who hates her parents There were also a number of editing errors places where words were spelled correctly but completely contextually wrong, like check where click was clearly the verb she was going for That made me question whether or not this was vanity published And while there weren [...]

    Disclaimer I received this book through a giveaway on the premise that I would review it.This is an autobiography of Claire Conner, daughter of Stillwell J Conner, one of the first members of the John Birch Society and one of its most fierce advocates In it, she shares the history of her family s involvement with the notorious right wing organization, and her personal journey from loyal but naive supporter of her parents cause through skepticism and eventually to rejection.The John Birch Society [...]

    A narrative from the belly of the beast is always intriguing It is especially intriguing if the writer is self aware and critical The beast in question is the American far right and in particularity the John Birch Society The writer of the memoir is Claire Conner Her parents were heavy hitters in the John Birch Society and a myriad of other far right causes Claire can never remember her parents NOT being right wing cranks So this is the story of her relationship with them and by extension their [...]

    When I became aware of Wrapped in the Flag, my interest was immediately piqued I downloaded a copy to my Kindle was instantly pulled in.Not only did I learn about the John Birch Society JBS in detail, I also had a lesson in history Conner s masterful ability to educate as well as entertain will keep you hooked until the very last page I have a much clearer vision of today s radical right because of this book Conner has the ability to tell her story in a way that is fair and balanced, but provide [...]

    This is an autobiographical history of the John Birch Society written by one of the daughters of one of the founding members and council members of the JBS If you think the funky little far right group from the 60 s is irrelavent, read this book The ideas and methods of the JBS are still being used and are influential over the Republican Party The Koch Brothers father was a leading member of it and they are financing the Tea Party movement and extreme candidates The book is written in a lively j [...]

    A very personal memoir by a woman who grew up in a family where the parents were high ranking members of the John Birch Society I was struck about how much of the JBS agenda is still being pushed today Even young, it seems something in the back of the author s mind was trying to tell her how wrong all she was seeing was.

    Claire Conner does a superb job connecting her personal experiences with the John Birch Society with the Society s history and resurgence in modern American politics It is a cautionary tale that anyone who cares about the country should read Highly recommended

    A Wow book I knew the author, slightly when she lived in Marshfield She has done a 180 degree turn in her thinking all for the better.

    Inoculated between giving this book one and two stars for a while On one hand, it is very easy to read and I didn t find myself wanting to skip sections Her writing style is very personal and I like that a lot In the end, though, I didn t find this book enlightening or interesting at all It was just meh.

    One of my intellectual endeavors is to read about the political realities of America in the time periods when I was either not alive or not politically aware, and when older people were How can I correctly interpret the claims politicians and pundits make about the way things were if I don t know the truth For instance, the Tea Party was portrayed by many, not just its supporters, as an unprecedented, revolutionary, breath of fresh air movement Of course, it wasn t, it was just another in the lo [...]

    I won this book in a First Reads giveaway At first my interest was to learn about the John Birch Society, of which I knew relatively little.I was surprised to find that this was a comprehensive and thorough study of the rise of the radical right from a woman who had literally been weened on anti communist rhetoric by her staunchly Catholic, right wing parents Co opted to join the society at the tender age of 13, an age when most of us hardly know what politics is, Ms Conner was expected to serv [...]

    Those who didn t grow up during the reign of the John Birch Society likely find the current Tea Party shenanigans unfathomable If, however, one understand the Tea Party is no nor less than the firstborn child of the Birchers and wants to expand that understanding, Ms Conner s memoir is an important source of information.Ms Conner was 13 when her parents, who had always been ultra conservative and contemptuous of the New Deal s programs, became among the first to join the newly established right [...]

    Very readable and well told story What a family to grow up in I especially was appalled at how the parents picked out a university for their daughter and said she had to pay for it In the mid 60s that was do able, but they paid for their son, and they could afford it as they had money to give to right wing groups I was interested in whether Mother had gone to college herself, and that question was eventually answered in the negative Yet she spent most of her life researching and writing articles [...]

    FDR was a Communist Harry S Truman was a Communist Dwight D Eisenhower was a Communist MAYBE I m a Communist The president of the PTA is very likely a Communist Ask her what her fav color is I bet it s RED You see, I know all this because I just finished reading Wrapped in the flag a personal history of America s radical right The author is the daughter of dedicated members of the John Birch Society She was enlisted at the age of 12 to go door to door on behalf of the Society The Society members [...]

    This is an autobiography by Claire Conner of her life growing up in a politically extremist environment Her parents were some of the first people to join the John Birch Society and was very actively involved with the leaders of the organization I originally picked up this book to try to help me understand the foundation of today s current alt right As I read the book, the similarities between the two are nearly identical Claire was actually the youngest member ever to join the JBS She helped her [...]

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