[This book's] highly readable and concise presentation will appeal for use in history and political science classrooms, as well as to general readers wondering how Trumpism has developed into a political ideology.
This invaluable book ties together the various strands of extremism, including anti-statism, anti-communism, Fundamentalist Christianity, resistance to desegregation, and the at-times nihilistic obstruction of progress that radicals on the right have perpetuated in various forms since the 1930s…. [W]ritten for a general audience, this account will be of great interest to readers with questions about American politics.
Mulloy...writes in a clear and accessible style and provides dispassionate scholarly analysis that convincingly supports his thesis. Readers seeking information about the far right will find this book enlightening.
“Enemies of the State provides a fascinating look at the development of the radical right in America. Tracing its origins as a reaction to FDR’s New Deal, the movement evolved over the years in response to broad historical trends, including the cold war, the civil right movement, and the changing demographics of America occasioned by immigration. Still, enduring themes continue to animate the radical right: a preference for lower taxes, smaller government, less bureaucracy, and fewer regulations. As Mulloy points out, Donald Trump exemplifies the radical right tradition with his populist persona and penchant for conspiracy theories. Mulloy’s book will be richly enjoyed by both academics and the general public.”