Kristol PalaceDaniel Luban
- Benjamin Balint. Running Commentary: The Contentious Magazine That Transformed the Jewish Left into the Neoconservative Right. PublicAffairs, June 2010.
- Irving Kristol. The Neoconservative Persuasion: Selected Essays, 1942-2009. Basic Books, February 2011.
- Justin Vaïsse. Neoconservatism: The Biography of a Movement. Belknap Press, May 2010.
But the moment didn’t last, and soon enough the public appetite for tales of neocon malfeasance faded. After all, even though neocons’ political power declined noticeably in Bush’s second term, and precipitously with the election of Obama, American foreign policy remained much the same mess that it had been during the alleged apex of neocon power. Surely, then, the story had been all wrong—or so went the new and equally exaggerated version of the conventional wisdom.
Why, then, should we still care about the neoconservatives? Instead of presenting neocons as the