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Quick now: Think of radical movements on college campuses in the late ’60s and early ’70s. What comes immediately to mind? Why, Straussian political philosophy, of course. What, you were going to say free love, teach-ins, and marijuana? That’s a mistake that journalist and author Nina J. Easton figured you would make (if you’re a Democrat)—which is part of the reason she wrote Gang of Five: Leaders at the Center of the Conservative Crusade. Easton centers her tale on five baby-boom conservative thinkers whose influence, for better or (if you’re a Democrat) worse, has been profound: Bill Kristol, publisher of the Weekly Standard; Ralph Reed, former College Republican and Christian Coalition leader; Clint Bolick, conservative legal activist; Grover Norquist, the architect of the Republicans’ no-new-taxes pledge; and David McIntosh, leader of the House Republican freshmen during the Gingrich Revolution. To know these five white Republican heroes, Easton argues, is to understand most of the current roiling national debates. Know your enemies (if you’re a Democrat) when Easton discusses her new book at 7:30 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda. Free. (301) 986-1761. (Howard Witt)