Stephen Fox wrote:This is one of the most valuable books it appears recently to take fresh eyes, to take a ten year distance on the takeover. Apparently it emphasizes the Takeover as foundational for Karl Rove's agenda that has given a spark to the Tea PArty.
All the anecdotes, the personal testimonies are getting a little dated, but there are new insights, new ways to put the takeover in a bigger light and I think Worthen's book is gonna be quite valuable for that reason and worth consideration in full on its own merits.
I am now reading a book on cotton plantations and slavery in the 1840s in the Mississippi River Valley. Not the first book to be written on slavery and the antebellum cotton economy. But it is one of the most fascinating books I have read in the last 20 years. Maybe on the heels Of the movie 12 yrs a slave I have ears to hear, or new ears.
I just wish Flick and Thornton and Pettibone were open to some enlightenment on occasion. Too often they come across as not having any more to be gained just like the tobacco farmer in East N.C. who carried his Sunday School quarterly in his back left cheek overall pocket all week folded up!
What more is there to be gained, Stephen? The SBC is not going to return to its pre-1979 leadership. The issues have changed. Other than annoying a few secretaries who won't let you past them on the phone, what are you "gaining" from this?
This particular book isn't really even about the conservative resurgence. The author just uses it to press another point. What happened in the SBC more than a generation back has been written about, from both sides, in three or four different sources. A new book would be a rehash and a bore.