By Daniel Oppenheimer
A provocative, intimate examine the evolution of America's political soul during the lives of six political figures—from Whittaker Chambers to Christopher Hitchens—who deserted the left and joined the right.
In Exit Right, Daniel Oppenheimer tells the tales of six significant political figures whose trips clear of the left reshaped the contours of yank politics within the 20th century. by means of going deep into the minds of six apostates—Whittaker Chambers, James Burnham, Ronald Reagan, Norman Podhoretz, David Horowitz, and Christopher Hitchens—Oppenheimer deals an surprisingly intimate historical past of the yankee left, and the right's reaction.
Oppenheimer is a superb new voice in political historical past who has woven jointly the previous century's most crucial routine right into a unmarried publication that finds the roots of yankee politics. in the course of the eyes of his six topics, we see the USA develop, stumble, and forge ahead—from global battle I up throughout the nice melancholy and global struggle II, from the purple Scare up during the Civil Rights move, and from the start of neoconservatism up via 11th of September and the sunrise of the Iraq War.
At its middle, Exit correct is a publication that asks profound questions on why and the way we come to think politically at all—on the left or the fitting. every one of those six lives demanding situations us to invite the place our personal ideals come from, and what it could take to alter them. At a time of sky-high partisanship, Oppenheimer breaks down the bounds that divide us and investigates the deeper origins of our politics. this can be a e-book that may resonate with readers at the left and the right—as good as these caught someplace within the heart.
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21 There can be little doubt that such stories, handed down as popular lore from generation to generation, would have influenced attitudes about the deaths of Augustus and Claudius who, it was assumed, had similarly to make way for Livia’s son Tiberius and Agrippina’s son Nero. While it is clear that throughout Roman history a number of women had in one particular or another anticipated Agrippina, it was not until the final century of the republic that a real prototype for the powerful political woman emerged.
Despite a traditional antipathy towards the notion of kingship, Romans did make considerable allowance for the principle of heredity in public life. Throughout their history certain family names had constantly reappeared in the record, the Claudii, the Aemilii, the Cornelii and others, families that had almost reserved for themselves the consulate, whose sons, for all intents and purposes, would eventually succeed their fathers in office. Powerful families that did not have male issue would have recourse to adoption to create an artificial male line.
She did have a sister. Unfortunately, Julia the Younger chose to follow in their mother Julia’s footsteps, which not unexpectedly also led to her mother’s fate. 33 Julia the Younger was married to Lucius Aemilius Paullus, consul in AD 1 and they produced a daughter Aemilia Lepida but beyond this we know very little of her earlier life, apart from Pliny’s remark that Julia owned the largest house in Rome and the smallest dwarf. Tacitus informs us that she was convicted of adultery (in AD 8) and exiled to Trimerus off the Apulian coast, where she was sustained by allowances from Livia until her death twenty years later.