Magazine July 30, 2018, Issue

Wisconsin Spring

Dan Kaufman
The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics, by Dan Kaufman (W. W. Norton, 336 pp., $26.95)

What happened in Wisconsin should be a cautionary tale for the Left in the Age of Trump. But as this book makes clear, the Left declines to be cautioned.

According to the publisher, The Fall of Wisconsin gives “the untold story behind the most shocking political upheaval in the country.” But that story has, in fact, been told repeatedly, and author Dan Kaufman adds little to those accounts. Rather than a thoughtful critique of how progressives in a state with such a rich political tradition squandered their historical advantages, what we get is a work of ideological nostalgia, written with political

Charles J. SykesMr. Sykes was a longtime conservative talk-radio host in Wisconsin and is the author, most recently, of How the Right Lost Its Mind.

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