Kevin M. Kruse, historian at Princeton University is my guest on this episode. He’s the author of White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism, published in 2005, and One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America, published in 2015. He and his colleague at Princeton, Julian Zelizer, have a new book coming out January 9th titled Fault Lines: A History of the U.S. Since 1974. It evolved from a course taught by Kruse and Zelizer at Princeton. We talk about Fault Lines in today’s episode.

0:00 What intrigues students about this period
9:00 NetworkNashvilleWall StreetWargames
15:20 Revisiting White Flight
20:00 Abortion politics and evangelicals
28:20 Books by Norm Ornstein and Thomas Mann; and E. J. Dionne
35:30 Scorched earth politics, Obama’s naive hope of bipartisanship
42:00 Preparing students for misinformation
45:00 Kevin recommends books on racism in America
51:30 Kevin’s next book


Fault Lines: A History of the U.S. Since 1974 by Kevin M. Kruse and Julian Zelizer

Syllabus for the Princeton course on U.S. history since 1974

Kevin M. Kruse on Twitter

Other Books by Kevin M. Kruse

Other Books by Julian Zelizer’s Books

Books That We Discussed

Neil J. Young – We Gather Together: The Religious Right and the Problem of Interfaith Politics

Thomas E. Mann & Norm Ornstein – It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Political Extremism 

E. J. Dionne – Why the Right Went Wrong: Conservatism—From Goldwater to the Tea Party and Beyond

Julian Zelizer – Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security: From World War II to the War on Terrorism

George Fredrickson – Racism: A Short History

John Higham – Strangers in the Land: Patterns of American Nativism, 1860-1925

Linda Gordon – The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition

Donald Critchlow- Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism: A Woman’s Crusade

Books by Geoffrey Kabaservice


Here is a transcript of this episode.

Rating the Show

If you enjoyed this show, please rate it on iTunes:

  1. Go to the show’s iTunes page and click “View in iTunes”
  2. Click “Ratings and Reviews” which is to the right of “Details”
  3. Next to “Click to Rate” select the stars.

See the full list of episodes of Half Hour of Heterodoxy >>