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In Encounter Books' new Camelot and the Cultural Revolution:  How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American LiberalismManhattan Institute for Policy Research senior fellow James Piereson provocatively puts the Kennedy assassination in much-wider perspective than most treatments of the tragedy, highlighting the wide gulf between the liberalism that prevailed before it and the version that emerged afterwards.

"No other event in the postwar era, not even the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, has cast such a long shadow over our national life," Piereson writes in the introduction.  "This was the moment, if there was a particular moment, when the cultural consensus of the 1950s began to give way to the oppositional and experimental culture that we associate with the 1960s."

Camelot and the Cultural Revolution brings new analytical dimensions -- historical, political, and cultural -- to the passionate discourse that has long surrounded the assassination.

At the Manhattan Institute, Piereson directs the Center for the American University, which The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports.  He is also president and a trustee of the William E. Simon Foundation, and was the longtime executive director and a trustee of the John M. Olin Foundation.

Encounter Books is an activity of Encounter for Culture and Education, a nonprofit group that is also supported by Bradley.  Encounter's president and publisher is Roger Kimball, editor of The New Criterion magazine, which is supported by Bradley, as well.
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