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El Jefe

I just have to pause and smile a moment at you reading this, Lance. Kevin Kruse and I were in the same batch of the old History Honors program a Chapel Hill. In youth he could be a bit of a self possessed twerp at times (but we were both twenty-one and I imagine I could to; doubling one's age since then tends to mellow everyone and I'm happy to credit him that) but it was already becoming clear how smart he was. I'm proud to say he came out of the same farm team I did because White Flight and One Nation... are each a hell of an achievement and together even more so. He, and that relatively recent book on the politics of prohibition, have done what looked pretty clear to me and some others in grad school (just from TAing US History-- I was a Euopeanist), that the real geographic and cultural roots of the "new" Right lay in the Teens through the Thirties, delayed only by the mighty black swan of the New Deal (God save it, as Pierce would say) and likely to anchor itself again thereafter with any Republican president to the right of Dewey or Warren. And when in practice you got Ike's public piety (how very Mad Men for a guy who wanted a divorce to marry his English driver in order to escape a grimly alcoholic wife) and then Dick Nixon, well...

I'm also happy to report, from seeing the publisher's head shots and such, that Kevin and I do share one quality, being only-slightly-chunkier versions of our younger selves. He's done a much better job keeping his hair, though. (I still have the -- much greyer -- beard but still.)

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