Robert C. Welch, the secretive and dictatorial founder of the John Birch Society
Sean Wilentz documents in great detail the impending triumph of the 50 year old secretive right wing fringe movement known as The John Birch Society through the Tea Party and Glenn Beck. The fringe is about to become the mainstream.
You'll be amazed at how closely the John Birch Society parallels in its structures, and even in its message, the very Communist Party it professes to oppose.
As George Orwell once said to a prominent British conservative thinker, "I don't think you fear the Communists so much as you envy them."