Books We Liked

 

    

John Lawrence Hill, The Political Centrist

Successfully boils political centrism into its own consistent and politically attractive entity. Too many attempts by predecessors were fixated on scattershot policy proposals and tiresome "the left and right just don't get it" platitudes.

 

 

Pres. Theodore Roosevelt, Letters and Speeches

Illuminating speeches and letters written by a president who successfully merged conservative and progressive into something not seen since his death.

     

Arthur Larson, A Republican Looks at His Party

A somewhat-dated book by Eisehower's Under-secretary of Labor, yet one which competently expounds upon this site's ideal version of Republicanism.

     

Peter Viereck, Underadjustment in the Age of Overadjustment

A book by a founder of modern conservative that stressed that intellectual responsibility and value of institutions are inseparable from conservatism.       

 

     

Eric Hoffer, The True Believer

Budding extremists of all varieties, losing faith in themselves, seek a sense of belonging in emerging social movements and a faith in a holy cause. As the extremists shift from movement to movement, the lines between extreme left and extreme right become increasingly non-existent.  

   

Ryan J. Barilleaux and Mark J. Rozell, Power and Prudence

Over two decades later, a re-examination of the Bush 41 presidency. Barilleaux and Rozell pay particular attention to Bush's incrementalism, arguing that the President had a specific and ultimately successful even-handed governing philosophy, aversion to bombastic proclamations, and distaste for extremist ideologues. The study succeeds in painting Bush in an entirely new light, suggesting that a lack of communication, rather than a lack of ideological hysterics, denied Bush a second term.

     

Jonathan Rauch, Power and Prudence

Rauch convincingly ties the US government's increasing ineffectiveness with the negative impact of narrow interest groups and lobbying. Unlike many other authors, his answer to the problem isn't a utopian, reactionary demand for minimalist government and laissez faire economics. Rather, we're left with a radical incrementalism, a chipping away at problems until we get the results we want.