Sam Tanenhaus’s books include The Death of Conservatism and Whittaker Chambers. He is writing a biography of William F. Buckley Jr. and is the US Writer at Large for Prospect. (August 2017)


The Making of the Tabloid Presidency

Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency

by Joshua Green
Joshua Green’s new book, Devil’s Bargain, argues that Trumpism is best understood through the president’s partnership with Stephen K. Bannon, now his chief political strategist. Green has been writing about conservatives since the George W. Bush years. It is a testament to his adroit intertwining of Bannon’s story with Trump’s that we’re not certain which of the two figures has sold the bigger part of himself to the other. In the broader sense, they are coauthors of our moment’s tabloid conservatism.

How the Republicans Got That Way

Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, from Eisenhower to the Tea Party

by Geoffrey Kabaservice
The abrupt departure of Rick Santorum from the Republican presidential contest on April 10, and reports on April 25 that Newt Gingrich had decided to withdraw, gave Mitt Romney a direct path to the nomination, though he was headed there anyway following narrow victories in Ohio (less than 1 percent) …

Will the Tea Get Cold?

A Romney supporter outside the Romney for President headquarters in Greenville, South Carolina, January 21, 2012

The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism

by Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson

The Tea Party: Three Principles

by Elizabeth Price Foley
The impracticality of the Tea Party’s war against government, which in fact offers no serious plan to scale government back, suggests that the conservative populism of our moment is rooted not in a coherent worldview so much as in a “mood” or atmosphere of generalized, undifferentiated protest.

A Family Affair

The Brother: The Untold Story of Atomic Spy David Greenglass and How He Sent His Sister, Ethel Rosenberg, to the Electric Chair

by Sam Roberts

The Man Behind the Rosenbergs

by Alexander Feklisov and Sergei Kostin
The Brother is the first full-scale account of the “atom spies” Julius and Ethel Rosenberg to appear since archival materials released in the 1990s documented their part in a Soviet espionage ring that flourished in the United States during World War II. Sam Roberts, a veteran reporter at The New …

Un-American Activities

Joseph McCarthy: Reexamining the Life and Legacy of America's Most Hated Senator

by Arthur Herman
Joseph McCarthy rose to power suddenly in February 1950 and fell almost as suddenly four and a half years later. During those years he was the most potent rabble-rouser in the land, his name a byword for demagogic slander. He was “the first American ever to be discussed and described …

The Red Scare

Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America

by Ellen Schrecker
Ellen Schrecker’s Many Are the Crimes appears at a time when, thanks to the fall of the Soviet Union, new information about the subject of communism is becoming available. The sporadic release of classified documents here and abroad has settled matters hotly disputed only decades ago. We know now that …