My book, Wrapped in the Flag, is a story I wanted to tell, and it is a story I needed to tell. While I labored over drafts, rewrites, and more rewrites, I never thought about reviews. On my mind was finishing, finishing the story I wanted and needed to tell.
Hearing “I couldn’t put it down” from readers shivers my spine and pushes me back to my computer. And, I’d be lying if I didn’t relish positive reviews from book editors, political pundits, and professional reviewers. You can browse these reviews from this page. And, don’t forget to check out What People Say, and Endorsements from award-winning authors and journalists.
Kirkus Reviews May 1, 2013
“Prompted by the rise of the modern-day tea party, Conner writes of her experiences as the child of leaders in the radical right-wing John Birch Society. “My parents are back.” That was the author’s response to the rise of the tea party after the election of Barack Obama in 2008.
In this memoir/history, she opens new insights into the conservative political movement, … Read more…
April 13, 2013
I know what extremism looks like,” declares Conner in the preface to her memoir. Her parents were leaders of the ultraconservative John Birch Society (JBS). From early adolescence, she was expected to be part of her parents’ JBS activities, doing everything from serving refreshments at recruitment meetings to writing letters to political figures. As Conner grew up, however, the … Read more…
April 14, 2013
Conner’s memoir of being raised in a family whose political beliefs were shaped by the radical right-wing John Birch Society is an affecting portrait of late-20th-century America on the fringe.
The eldest daughter of Stillwell “Jay” Conner, a national spokesman for the John Birch Society, Claire grew up in Chicago in a house of harsh discipline and even harsher political … Read more…
Review: Growing up on the right wing
Colette Bancroft, Times Book Editor
After Barry Goldwater’s crushing defeat in the 1964 presidential election, college student Claire Conner said to a friend who proclaimed it would be “a cold day in hell” before another conservative was nominated, “‘The whole right wing is kaput. My parents and the Birchers just became ancient history.’
“Good … Read more…
Growing Up Right
Wrapped in the Flag:
A Personal History of America’s Radical Right
By Claire Conner
Boston: Beacon Press, 2013, 264 pp., $29.95, hardcover
Reviewed by Kathleen Blee
In Wrapped in the Flag, Claire Conner recounts the pain of growing up in a household in which “all reason went out the window,” as her parents slid further into the John Birch Society (JBS). … Read more…
Review of Wrapped in the Flag written for the Hampshire Daily Gazette by John Sheirer, author and political blogger
August 10, 2013
Where did these people come from?
Back in 2009, a friend saw a tea party rally on Fox News and asked me, “Where did these crazy people come from, the John Birch Society?” She was joking, but like all the best jokes, this one was grounded in reality.
Wrapped in … Read more…