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Heroic Conservatism: Why Republicans Need to Embrace America's Ideals (And Why They Deserve to Fail If They Don't) [Paperback]

By Michael J. Gerson (Author)
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Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.02" Width: 5.28" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   0.54 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 14, 2014
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN  0061349518  
EAN  9780061349515  

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Now available in paperback, former Bush White House speech writer and current Newsweek contributor and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson offers his own bold blueprint for the future of the Republican party and a first-hand, high-level account of the great events of the Bush years. This could become the new manifesto for the Republican party.

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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.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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.

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Conservative thinker I can associate with.  May 26, 2009
I'm not a republican (even though I often lean their direction when I vote). I consider myself pro-life, Christian independent. I often find myself in strong disagreement with the republican party, but in his book "Heroic Conservatism", Mr. Gerson presents a view I understand and want to support. I strongly disagree with republicans that claim that government is our problem, and with democrats that believe government is responsible for all the problems. I believe in smart and efficient government that serves his people with care, compassion and respect.

For me, this book was stimulating and thought-provoking. Thank you Mr. Gerson!
Pants on Fire  Apr 28, 2008
Today, I heard Michael Gerson on a radio talk show ("Forum" on KQED FM, San Francisco) claiming that, by the time Bush made his 2002 State of the Union remarks about the yellow-cake hoax, there was a "broad consensus" in the government that the reports were true.

Nothing could be further from the truth. The only consensus that mattered, that of the intelligence community, had already determined that the yellow-cake "intelligence" was faked -- it was designed solely to get money for the man who faked the report, Rocco Martino, a one-time Italian intelligence operative (until 1999), whose work since leaving that organization was to procure (legally or illegally) and sell (truthful or bogus) intelligence for a living. Rocco Martino had fallen on hard times, and was desperately trying to sell this intelligence to the French, who knew it was bogus (France actually operates the mining and shipping of the yellow-cake in Niger, and they would have known if 500 tons of the stuff had gone missing!)

A Pentagon official stated that it would have been easier for Iraq to obtain already-processed ore from Congo, where it may well have been easier to keep a transfer secret.

Colonel Larry Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, said that it would have been impossible even to find a train long enough to carry the 500 tons of the stuff, and even more impossible to find a ship to hold it -- let alone to transfer it, on the high seas, to another impossible-to-find ship.

Ray McGovern, a twenty-seven-year veteran CIA analyst, said, "The reports made no sense on the face of it...Most of us knew the Iraqis already had yellow-cake. It is a sophisticated process to change it into a very refined state and they didn't have the technology."

Alain Chouet, head of French intelligence at the time, also knew that the vist to Niger of the Iraqi ambassador to the Vatican in 1999 had nothing to do with yellow-cake. "In France, we've always been very careful about both problems of uranium production in Niger and Iraqi attempts to get uranium." (Los Angeles Times, 2005)

Mr. Gerson is a liar, just like the boss for whom he crafted Orwellian NewSpeak.

Only the die-hard, deluded, true-believers in the disastrous fabrications of the Bush administration regarding Iraq will find anything of interest coming from the liar, Michael Gerson. Deliberate stupidity is a poor basis for a book, and an even poorer basis for a war.

Sources include Unger, Craig; The Fall of the House of Bush, Scribner

I support his right to say it but I don't agree  Mar 16, 2008
Reading this book is like being stuck in church for hours. I'm sorry but don't think it is the job of the government to "tax and give away." I felt like Gerson was using my money to buy his way into heaven.

The American government is not a charity. If I choose to give away money outside the U.S. I will do so myself. It is unfair to force me to do so.

Charity begins at home: YES, fix the three or four poorest states of America so that they will start paying their fair share of taxes. DON'T BOTHER fixing countries that don't pay taxes and will probably attack us as soon as they have the ability.

By the way; people in other countries don't vote for government officials in America. I do.

This is a very well-written book though. Please feel free to write another. I will gladly read it. I admire thinkers of any stripe.
Polyanna in the White House  Mar 8, 2008
I'm sure that Michael Gerson, former speechwriter for George W. Bush, is an earnest, thoughtful individual but his new book, "Heroic Conservatism" adds nothing to the understanding of conservatism except in his narrow, self-promoting view. When the author states that former Watergate convict, Chuck Colson, is the "single most influential person in his life" and then goes on to attach himself to being guided by the teachings of the Catholic church, the reader knows he or she is in for a bumpy ride.

If Gerson hopes that history will be fairer to Bush than journalists have been, he certainly is staking a claim to be the leader of the revisionist history of the Bush administration. His toadying behavior in and around Bush is cause for some unintended humor in the book as he describes one day going out to lunch to avoid the "White House mess". Now, there's a comment worth considering! But one of Gerson's failures is to try to link George Bush to Lincoln, FDR and other presidents as a successful visionary. I think most Americans see the president in a very different light. And Gerson's self-importance is never far off the page and seldom might have thought that he was heavy into policy making in recent years. Some of the author's conclusions are downright ridiculous. To suggest that the stirring up of the Arab world with America's involvement in Iraq is a "myth" is so unbelievable that one can only assume he's been in the Washington cocoon too long.

"Heroic Conservatism", in the end, lacks a cohesive narrative. Much of the book wanders about looking for a central theme, as if the author thinks he may have stumbled on one. Michael Gerson has made one lasting offering, however...he's allowed us to figure out that "Heroic Conservatism" is as much an oxymoron as "Moral Majority". In time, his views will be relegated to a well-deserved bygone era.
Disappointed  Mar 7, 2008
I was disappointed with this book. As a liberal, I was hoping to read a book that would give me a clear understanding of what it means in the post-Bush era to be a conservative. I wanted to understand the conservative vision for the United States. Unfortunately, this book did not satisfy that hope.

In terms of what I did not like about this book, let's put first things first. It is frustrating when an author quotes someone without providing any footnotes. None of the quotes provided any reference. There were some quotes that I found hard to believe. Now I am not saying that the author was not quoting accurately, but I was very interested in seeing the context of the quote. Since there were no footnotes or endnotes it would be difficult to follow up on the quote.

Also, he would state things as if they were facts, but I am not sure of the basis of those facts. For example, he noted that a person was a constitutional expert. Who says? I looked up the person on Google and I found some one with the same name who is a law professor in Florida. Even if that were the right person, which I am not sure, does that make them an expert? I could find no writings by that person. Maybe that person is a constitutional expert, but I see nothing that supports the claim.

All that aside, what I disliked the most about the book is the very heavy bias. It was more of a defense of the Bush administration than anything else. When referring to liberals they were judged most harshly. I would expect that from a liberal, but when evaluating the conservative position the author glossed over some very big moral failings. For example, he referred to what the Bush campaign did to John McCain in 2000 as a "hard fought campaign." Another example is that his evaluation of Iraq is that the "contagion of Liberty" has taken hold and democracy is on the march. Well, recently there have been some political success, but there are huge challenges for democracy and human rights.

What was most disappointing is that there is a lot here where liberals and conservatives can find agreement. In fact, if it were not for Iraq and abortion, this guy would be a liberal. I guess this is why I am so disappointed in this book. It would be great if liberals and conservatives could come together and find those points where we agree and work towards those goals. I had hoped this book would be one step in that direction, but it wasn't.

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