Why Republicans Need to Embrace America's Ideals (And Why They Deserve to Fail If They Don't)
By Michael J. Gerson
(HarperOne, Paperback, 9780061349515, 320pp.)
Publication Date: September 2008
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Michael Gerson, who worked with George W. Bush on his most inspiring speeches, is considered by many Democrats and Republicans to be the most influential White House speechwriter since the Kennedy administration. He was also more than a speechwriter, he was a trusted insider who helped shape policy.
In Heroic Conservatism Gerson uses his own experiences in the upper tier of the Bush White House to show why America needs a conservatism that is heroic in its aspirations—including "compassionate conservative" proposals to confront global AIDS, combat poverty in America, and promote human rights and dignity abroad—initiatives that Gerson fought for during his time in government.
Gerson has a unique ability to frame complex issues in a way that both challenges and inspires, and in Heroic Conservatism he delivers a new manifesto for the Republican Party and a fascinating memoir of a history-shaping Presidency.
Michael J. Gerson, former Bush White House speechwriter, is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a regular contributor for Newsweek, and a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post. In addition to his distinguished career as a speechwriter for President George W.Bush, presidential candidate Senator Bob Dole, and Senator Dan Coats, Gerson is also former senior editor for U.S. News and World Report.
“For anyone interested in politics--this book is a must-read.”
-William Kristol, Editor, The Weekly Standard
“This brilliant, entertaining, and honest book repairs conservatism’s moral compass...”
-John J. DiIulio, Jr., professor, University of Pennsylvania, and First Director, White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
“...thoughtful and provocative...you will be well-served to sit down and read this important book.”
-Senator Joseph I. Lieberman (ID-CT)
“Gerson has been hailed as the finest presidential speechwriter in fifty years and this book shows why.”
-Michael Cromartie, Vice President, Ethics and Public Policy Center
“One of the brightest thinkers in America gives us a compelling conservative manifesto...”
-Chuck Colson, Founder, Prison Fellowship
“A well written and engaging memoir.”