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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (681 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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On the heels of his national bestseller Worse Than Watergate, John Dean takes a critical look at the current conservative movement

In Conservatives Without Conscience, John Dean places the conservative movement's inner circle of leaders in the Republican Party under scrutiny. Dean finds their policies and mind- set to be fundamentally authoritarian, and as such, a danger to democracy. By examining the legacies of such old-line conservatives as J. Edgar Hoover, Spiro Agnew, and Phyllis Schlafly and of such current figures as Dick Cheney, Newt Gingrich, and leaders of the Religious Right, Dean presents an alarming record of abuses of power. His trenchant analysis of how conservatism has lost its bearings serves as a chilling warning and a stirring inspiration to safeguard constitutional principles. Download and start listening now!

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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 appears frequently on television to discuss matters relating to the Nixon presidency. Dean served as White House counsel during Nixon’s presidency and became involved in the Watergate scandal. He is referred to by the FBI as the master manipulator of the cover up. He regularly reviews books for the New York Times Book Review, Chicago Tribune, and Salon.com and writes a regular column on legal, government, and political matters for the Internet publication Writ.

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 ten AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.