The Paranoid Style in American Politics
is a collection of essays by Richard Hofstadter
describing an enduring trait
in American life. Any observer of the American scene cannot
help but be amazed at the persistence of this, and Hofstadter’s catalogue
s, Klan members
s, and religious zealots
, Palmer Raids
show that nativist
paranoia has been, to quote Phil Gramm
--of all people--"a recessive
gene in the American character" since the Mayflower
I came across this book because of the big book--The American Republic--he had co-authored. My history teacher at Lick-Wilmerding High School used the big book in his grade 11 history class.
I owe my, possibly obsessive, interest in American politics to this teacher, the time I was in San Francisco--1967--and the power, nobility, and stupidity it always betrays.