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ImageIn DELIRIUM: HOW THE SEXUAL COUNTERREVOLUTION IS POLARIZING AMERICA by (Counterpoint Press, February 2012, Trade cloth), Nancy L. Cohen tells the story of a little-known shadow movement that has shaped the American political landscape. From the Age of Nixon to the Age of Obama, she shows, one of the prime forces fueling America’s political wars has been the reaction against the sexual revolution and the progressive movements which emerged from it. DELIRIUM charts the birth and the career of the sexual counterrevolution: how conflicts about sex, women’s rights and women’s roles, gay civil rights, and family values drove Americans into irreconcilable warring camps, polarized national politics, and shattered and remade our political parties. DELIRIUM presents a riveting and original account of how America’s politics came to be the way it is today.

Meticulously researched, DELIRIUM illustrates that our current political entrenchment is at its core not about the economy nor the deficit. It is instead deeply tied to the efforts of a highly organized and active political minority that has co-opted discourse and created a state of unprecedented dysfunction. DELIRIUM will become essential reading during the 2012 presidential election season, and
For anyone who wants to understand contemporary American politics.

In the book, Cohen reveals how:

*  The Republican party has been hijacked by a small group who believe that America’s problems are all connected to issues around sex;

*  The GOP Congress’s obstructionism can be traced to the sexual fundamentalists’ demands for orthodoxy on gays, abortion, sex and birth control;

*  Within the Democratic Party, the sexual counterrevolution has been a major source of paralysis and self-defeating division;

*  Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are the latest incarnation of the cynical bargain that the economic elite made many years ago with the sexual fundamentalists in the GOP base;

*  The Tea Party was little more than a rebranding campaign by the sexual fundamentalists of the Christian Right;

*  Barack Obama ignored the seductive political myths of the bipartisan sexual counterrevolution and the role this played in propelling him to victory.
Nancy L. Cohen is a historian, author, and contributor to The Huffington Post. Her books include The Reconstruction of American Liberalism, 1865-1914. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles
Times, the Chicago Tribune, Business History Review, and elsewhere. Cohen received her PhD at Columbia University. She has taught history and American politics at Binghamton University, SUNY, and Cal State University Long Beach, and has held positions as a visiting scholar at UCLA and a senior policy analyst at LAANE. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two daughters and four stepchildren.

“With abortion rights, birth control, and gay marriage still roiling American politics, it is obvious that the conservative reaction against the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 1970s remains a
powerful force in our world today. Nancy L. Cohen, a lively writer and excellent historian, places our current situation in historical perspective, tracing how over the past forty years the sexual
counterrevolution has helped shape the political landscape. A fascinating and disturbing book.”

–Eric Foner, Columbia University

“In her critique of bipartisan extremism, historian Cohen expertly details its rise within the Democratic and Republican parties by mining seven presidential elections … Cohen uses quantitative evidence to claim, quite cogently, that the sexual counterrevolution has overplayed its hand and that “cultural progressivism is the new American way,” making this book an impressive contribution to the
political dialogue.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Nancy L. Cohen narrates the history and continued salience of the sexual backlash with the wisdom of a fine historian and the passion of a liberal activist. Delirium is an indispensable source for
understanding how profoundly the politics of the body has swayed the body politic.”

–Michael Kazin, author of American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a
Nation and professor of history, Georgetown University

“Nancy L. Cohen’s Delirium is a provocative and original examination of the politics of equality–those who believe in our basic rights, and those who do not. She deftly takes us through forty years of
history to explain why our country feels so divided, and, more importantly, how we can find our way back to rational political discourse. Anyone who cares about civil rights and the future of the
country needs to read this book.”

–Lisa Bloom, Legal Analyst and New York Times bestselling author of Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World

Title: Delirium
Subtitle: How the Sexual Counterrevolution Is Polarizing America
Author: Nancy L. Cohen
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
ISBN: 978-1-58243-801-6
Format: Trade cloth, 6 x 9, 356 pages
Pub date: February 2012
US Price: $27.00
Canada Price: $29.50
Category: Current Affairs & Politics


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