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Jan 10, 2011 7:28 pm

The Tea Party and the Beat Generation

Only recently did I have a chance to read an article on the Tea Party movement from the New York Times Book Review of October 10, 2010. Written by Lee Siegel and entitled"Beat Generations," it finds significant parallels between the Tea Partiers and the Beats of the 1950s and early 1960s. The same issue has a less interesting review by Alan Brinkley of three books on the Tea Party.

One of those books (The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party's Revolution and the Battle over American History) is by Harvard historian Jill Lepore, who writes regularly for the New Yorker and attempts to savage the Tea Partiers for their alleged distortions and misuse of American history. But an even more prominent U.S. historian, Gordon Wood, has given Lepore's book a surprisingly negative review in the January 13, 2011 New York Review of Books. Unfortunately, Wood's review is gated and only fully available to subscribers.

Update: As I have been informed in the comments, the Wood's review is no longer gated.

Hat Tip: Buzz Grafe

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Jeffrey Rogers Hummel - 1/10/2011

Thanks for the update.

Ralph E. Luker - 1/9/2011

Gordon Wood's review of Jill Lepore's book is no longer available only to subscribers.