Patrick Allitt helps explain the remarkable growth of the contemporary conservative movement in the light of Catholic history in the United States.
Patrick Allitt is Cahoon Family Professor of American History at Emory University. He is the author of Catholic Intellectuals and Conservative Politics in America, 1950-1985 and Catholic Converts: British and American Intellectuals Turn to Rome, both from Cornell University Press.
James Fisher, author of
The Catholic Counterculture in America, 1933-1962:
"Patrick Allitt has recovered the hidden history of contemporary American conservatism. Where others merely report the prevalence of Catholic ideas within the conservative movement, Allitt is the first to show that contemporary conservatism was profoundly shaped by several often competing versions of Catholic thought. Catholic Intellectuals and Conservative Politics in America, 1950-1985.... treats large issues of great moment to all concerned with recent American history. The discussion of birth control alone constitutes an enormous contribution. The book will make a major impact and will be read and argued about for many a year."