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3.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 5 3.88 (16 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John W. Dean Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2006 ISBN: 9781429585668
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John Dean takes a sobering look at how radical elements are destroying the Republican Party along with the very foundations of American democracy 

John Dean’s last New York Times bestseller, Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush, offered the former White House insider’s unique and telling perspective on George W. Bush’s presidency. Once again, Dean employs his distinctive knowledge and understanding of Washington politics and process to examine the conservative movement’s current inner circle of radical Republican leaders—from Capitol Hill to Pennsylvania Avenue to K Street and beyond. In Conservatives without Conscience, Dean not only highlights specific right-wing-driven GOP policies and procedures but also probes the conservative mind-set, identifying a new authoritarianism that has become increasingly a part of the contemporary movement. Dean relies on five decades of often ignored social science research that has never before been made so accessible to the general reader and his personal knowledge and experience to explain the political behavior of conservatives, from their unbridled viciousness toward those daring to disagree with them to their religion-based piety politics which conceal an indifference to the founding principles of liberty and equality, as well as fundamental precepts like the separation of government powers.

By the end, Dean paints a vivid picture of what's happening at the top levels of the Republican Party, a noble political party corrupted by its current leaders who cloak their actions in moral superiority while packaging their programs as blatant propaganda. Dean, certainly no alarmist, finds disturbing signs that current right-wing authoritarian thinking, when conflated with the dominating personalities of the conservative leadership, and the compliant acquiescence of their followers, could take the United States toward its own version of fascism.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 2/19/2014

    " This is a good survey of political history of the last 30 years. It's also a good way to start an exploration of the differences between conservatives and liberals. Dean is a conservative that can have a civil conversation with anyone (recognizing that there could be valid ideas held by liberals), and he explains effectively why there are conservatives that can't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Beebe | 2/18/2014

    " An in depth analysis of the fall of conservatism from a self-proclaimed "Goldwater-conservative", John Dean. Dean was deeply involved in the events leading up to Watergate and became a key witness for the prosecution. I consider the finest part of this book to be where Dean documents the fight for morality becoming a major argument in the election process when the Moral Majority (Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Tim LaHaye, etc.) inflicted the issues toward abortion and gay marriage, good versus evil. This isn't an attack on conservatism or Republicans, by any means. It is, however, a full assault on the ones who have hijacked the Republican Party to what it is today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray | 1/19/2014

    " Sociology and psychology from someone who doesn't have the background, but an interesting read nevertheless, as Mr. Dean has historical vantage point to speak with some authority. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dustin Gaughran | 1/5/2014

    " I really liked this book, because it told me what I already knew about the modern right. But it told me in ways, and with facts, I hadn't considered. It's a great read, because it's written by a true conservative, and the logic used to explain the modern right is damn near impossible to refute. That's not to say that those whom do enjoy entertaining debate or differing opinions will like it. However, if you're a centrist, moderate, progressive, or any other word that means politically active on the side of common sense and the national well being, then you owe it to yourself to read this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Sanders | 12/24/2013

    " Discussion of the authoritarian character of contemporary conservative beliefs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ted Heitz | 12/16/2013

    " Dean considers changes in the Rep party, which are apparent and undeniable. But fails to address the clear injection of Progressive agenda, which is all too often dismissed as a left only ideal. Some valid points, all thought provoking, some too opinionated and based in psychology as opposed to fact. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marc | 11/11/2013

    " Well written and compelling reading. He calls it like it is because he has already nothing to lose among the conservative slime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn Anderson | 10/9/2013

    " I needed to wrap my brain around this . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 6/13/2013

    " First political book I ever read, it changed my life.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob Beck | 9/15/2011

    " A great book, interesting look at conservatives and how they think backed up by research. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 6/2/2011

    " Extremely frightening in a very real way. This country is in trouble. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 8/16/2009

    " Sad but true -- about how the Republican Party has been taken over by a bunch of fear-mongering, hateful people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donald | 7/6/2009

    " If you want to see how far sadly a large chunk of conservatives have diverged from Barry Goldwater and even Nixon to some sort of authoritarian zombies... and here's the guy who lived in the middle of that transformation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryan Sager | 11/19/2008

    " I interesting take on a political ideology as long as you take into account that the book is not written by a conservative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matty | 11/11/2008

    " Enlightening evolution of the neo-con fascists "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Micky Livingston | 9/13/2008

    " John Dean does a great job in employing his distinctive knowledge and understanding of Washington politics "

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About the Author
John W. Dean was legal counsel to president Nixon during the Watergate scandal, and his Senate testimony helped lead to Nixon’s resignation. In 2006, he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee investigating George W. Bush’s NSA warrantless wiretap program. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Blind Ambition, Broken Government, Conservatives Without Conscience, and Worse Than Watergate.
About the Narrator

Robertson Dean has played leading roles on and off Broadway and at dozens of regional theaters throughout the country. He has a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Yale. His audiobook narration has garnered numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.