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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2010

    This book puts it all into perspective!

    You don't have to be a political junkie to enjoy the newest book released by the founder and editor-in-chief of American Spectator.

    In fact, if you aren't a political junkie but want to get up to speed, I would highly recommend reading "After the Hangover: The Conservatives' Road to Recovery," by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

    Tyrrell walks the reader through the ups and downs of the conservative and Liberal movements (you'll understand why he capitalizes the "L" after reading the book). At the end of the book, he wraps it all up with a chapter titled "Planning to Prevail: An Agenda for a Conservative Future," addressing hot button issues such as national security, economic revival, health care reform, and other domestic policies.

    But before that, Tyrrell presents an analysis of what has gone wrong for both the conservative and Liberal movements. He makes it clear, though, that conservatives have historically emerged stronger after suffering through wilderness years.

    The problem for Liberals, he says, is that there is only one principle that they agree on without fluctuation, and that is their solemn belief that it is "fundamental to the progress of our nation that Liberals disturb the peace."

    Overall, he writes of journalistic mediocrity, an intellectual decline in national political leadership, and a mediocrity in presidential politics since at least the early 1990s that is occasionally leavened by "sheer weirdness."

    Just when you think your stomach can't handle anymore of the gory details, Tyrrell pens something that is sure to put a smile on your face. And without realizing it, you will often find yourself nodding your head in agreement with the words on the page.

    Consider this observation from Tyrrell regarding the McCain-Obama election. While Tyrrell says McCain probably would have been a better president than his opponent, he goes on to say that "it is now clear that Senator Barack Obama is the most ill-prepared man to become president since Abraham Lincoln's abrupt successor, Andrew Johnson, who at least had the alibi of being a drunkard."

    Whatever you do, don't write the conservatives' obituary just yet.

    As Tyrrell writes toward the end of his book:

    "Viewed from the perspective of history, the Liberals have been in a long, slow, but apparently unavoidable decline since the 1960s, when for them history stopped. From their excesses in the early Obama administration, it is clear that they completely missed the 1980s and 1990s. They have become fantasists. They believe all the legends they have created for themselves. As one after another is defeated at the polls, it might be difficult to get them to vacate their offices. Special counselors may have to be called in."

    ABOUT THIS BOOK REVIEW: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted April 20, 2010

    After the hangover.

    I had a chance to review this book through Book Sneeze a program by Thomas Nelson.This book kept me on my toes and was a wonderful page turner. It was interesting to get inside politics and see where they went wrong. I am not normally one for politics but this one was very interesting. I would also say that I have a little better insight on how things run now on the Democratic and Republican sides. I would give this over all five stars, and especially if you are into politics.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    After the Hangover, The Conservatives' Road to Recovery by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

    If you've ever felt confounded by the terms, "liberal," and "conservative," as they are currently used in the media, Tyrell's book will give you lots to think about. The author proves both knowledgeable and entertaining while tracing the history and present state of the conservative movement in America.

    Tyrrell says: "Conservatism is a temperament to delight in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, including in that pursuit the desideratum that John Locke mentioned in his original variation of this theme, the acquisition and exchange of property. Modern conservatism is a temperament, not an ideology or an anxiety. It is a love of liberty, not a misdemeanor."

    Not everyone will agree with his definition, but anyone interested in learning more about the history of conservatism will profit from reading the book.

    Tyrell distinguishes between contemporary American Liberals (capital L) and liberals who are known to history as classical liberals or nineteenth-century liberals. In deploying the capital "L" he follows a precedent set by William F. Buckley, Jr. at the beginning of the modern conservative movement in the 1950s.

    Great tribute is given to Buckley throughout the book. Tyrrell devotes an entire chapter to Buckley's influence on conservatism, although he criticizes Buckley's son, Christopher, for exposing unnecessary details of his father's declining years in his book, Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir published in 2009.

    Tyrell posits that the conservative movement of the 1970s and 1980s emphasized intellect and libertarian ideas about tradition, the Constitution, and free markets. But by the 1990s, intellect was "on sabbatical" and fundamental ideas of individual liberty and limited government were being ignored. Republicans abandoned fiscal restraint and minor Republican Congressional members and their operatives were tainted by scandal. He notes that conservatives don't do politics as well as Liberals and conservatives are more susceptible to squabbling and competitiveness among themselves.

    While Sarah Palin's nomination was seen by many as a reflection of conservatism's intellectual decline, Tyrrell says intellectual decline is everywhere within America's national political leadership.

    "Kultursmog," a term widely used in the book, is defined as the endless repetition of falsehood and misrepresentation of those who don't share Liberalism's values. He decries the inaccuracy of oft-quoted "facts" regarding Medicare and the hysteria toward Communism in the 1940s.

    The book is critical of the present Obama government, deficit spending and increases in government control. Tyrrell believes conservatives can recover their intellectual base and present an agenda for economic growth and national security in the future.

    In short, he sees conservatives on the road to recovery!

    I received and reviewed this book as part of the Thomas Nelson BookSsneeze program.

    Carole Ledbetter
    May, 2010

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

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    After the Hangover: The Conservatives' Road to Recovery by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.

    Just being honest, I think a hangover might be more enjoyable than this book. I guess it's accurately titled because that's exactly how it left me feeling, like I had just finished an 8 hour hangover.

    But, you may like it. If you're a total political junkie you would most likely eat it up. Especially if you lean to the right.

    I keep up with and pay attention to major politics, but I'm no political guru. This book flew right over my head as a result. From the lingo to the "plots" and historical references, I was lost from the start.

    With all of that said...

    R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is without question well versed in his subject matter. You don't even have to know what he is talking about to know that he certainly does.

    So, I can't really say that the book was bad. It was just a bad idea for me to take it on. I stuck it out (because I had to), but I know few people who would have.

    If you can't ever get enough to scratch your political itch, buy this book! It's for you! If your dad still reads book, buy it for him! It's for him!

    Sorry y' just wasn't for me.

    (This review was written in exchange for a copy of the reviewed book, through Thomas Nelson's Book Sneeze program)

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    After the Hangover

    homas Nelson (through provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for the following review.

    I tried to enjoy this book. I went into it as a true liberal wanting to learn more about the conservative point of view- but I think my personal opinions got in my way.

    I thought there was very little accountability taken for the issues the republican party has caused. I thought perhaps that this would be a more honest point of view.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    After the Hangover

    I had hoped that After the Hangover would provide a look inside American political history and those involved in shaping it, but I found little insight into American conservatism. The book is more about Mr. Tyrrell and individuals he knows.

    In an effort to sound l intellectual, the author leaves the average book lover scrambling for a dictionary. My eyes glazed over in several sections and I was tempted to start skimming. I thought the writing was so dry that it was difficult to finish, but I did.

    One section of the book has a long entry about his friend William F. Buckley. Unfortunately, he used his book to express a strong dislike for Mr. Buckley's son where he details the son's bad behavior at his father's funeral. Mr. Tyrrell's tirade was rude, unpleasant, and the entry served no purpose except to air Mr. Buckley's family "dirty laundry". He did a disservice to his friend.

    The end of the book is the author's proposed agenda for the future of conservatives. He agrees with Steve Forbes' flat tax, an altered Social Security program, and health care reforms. Quite honestly, his agenda is simplistic and rather mainstream.

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  • Posted May 3, 2010

    I've Got A Political Hangover

    I've Got A Political Hangover
    I just had an epiphany. I am a liberal in the true sense of the word. I hope my daddy doesn't read this and have a cerebral hemorrhage. What I mean is that I am a liberal in the sense that R. Emmet Tyrrell Jr. describes them in his new book After the Hangover, The Conservatives Road to Recovery.
    In his new book, After the Hangover, Mr. Tyrell takes us through the conservative theory and history by way of explaining how he progressed through his own conservatism roots. He explains that conservatives are what used to be considered liberals and that the New Liberals (his capitalizations not mine) are no where near their namesake's ideology. Mr. Tyrrell takes us through the history of conservatism, neo-conservatism, liberals and Liberals, all the while causing me to run for my Webster's Dictionary. He throws out hundred dollar words like they were pennies.
    He uses antidotes from his years in the conservative movement including wonderful insights into people such as William F. Buckley, Al Regency and Bill Kristol. He explains the events of the last 4 decades of neo-conservatism's rise and fall and the Liberals all too soon eulogy of the movement.
    I have to reiterate that more than once Mr. Tyrrell sent me scrambling for my well worn dictionary to look up words such as pulchritudinous and zeitgeist. I have to say thank you to him for that. You see I happen to agree with his and Bill O'Reilly's opinion that America is becoming dumbed-down. They both site that Americans are lazy in their learning. We are no longer interested in discovering and uncovering the truth for ourselves. We instead are content to listen to mainstream media spew out it's Kultursmog of half-truths and made up political dramas. We as a nation tend to believe whatever the popular celebrity-politician on either side of the line spits out in sound bites.
    I would recommend this book to liberals, conservatives, New Liberals and neo-conservatives. It is thought provoking, with a unique perspective on the strength and weaknesses of both movements. Now go out there and practice your egalitarianism and challenge your thoughts and beliefs unraveling the mystery that is our political dogmas.

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  • Posted May 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    From Drunkards To Rogues In Charge

    If you read no other political book this year, by all means go for this one! I know both politics and the author--in fact I spoke with him today about this new book. I have known Mr. Tyrrell and read his work for over 40 years. This is among his best.

    The book was not churned out as an election-year potboiler. However it does connect with today's political alienation which has been most evident with the "tea parties". But "Hangover" is much more.

    With his trademark wit and iconoclastic style, the author traces how conservatism got lost in the Republican big-government thicket, and how it can find its way. The first clue is in the title which presents images of punch drunk (as in the punch of Washington tax dollars) politicos enamored of power. That power came to a crashing end with the elections of 2006 and 2008 and liberal pundits were celebrating the death of conservatism. But, was it conservatism which was repudiated and finished?

    For the reader who might be unfamiliar with conservative thought or, only understand it as it has been characterized by leftist sources, Tyrrell's book makes clear that modern conservatism is about freedom and liberty. At its core it is about the proper scope of government and its relationship to its citizens. It recognizes the freedom to be left alone--the freedom from government. Tyrrell knows his history and his politics. And he has had the courage to fight against the popular currents. And he is amusingly funny.

    This might seem like new stuff to the CNN watchers and USA Today readers. It will also be heartening to those conservatives (myself included) who despaired over George Bush's efforts to ingratiate himself to the leftist establishment by trying to redefine conservatism with a moniker which emphasized the adjective in a way that denigrated the noun: "compassionate conservatism". Yuch!

    Bush was not alone in this, he was just the most visible and established. I recall reading an article from 2003 in a mostly-conservative magazine which was titled "Big Government Conservatism". There is nothing more antithetical! But a lot of the "reformed conservatives" drank that Kool Aid.

    Thus drunk, they pulled up the anchor and abandoned the mooring of modern conservatism. That political philosophy was rooted in 18th Century Enlightenment thought, embraced by America's founders, with the added experience of recognizing socialist failures of the 20th Century. Now these Republican politicos and their coterie were adrift without anchor or rudder on a sea of endless government. And they were replaced.

    What Tyrrell has to say about the replacements is both a source of amusement and anger. I laughed at his descriptions of Obama's ineptitude and was angered by what is at stake. It's serious stuff that the author has always been most facile at treating with a decidedly Menckenesque derision.

    Tyrrell recognizes what is great about America. He points out the failures of those we entrusted to safeguard our freedoms. And, he makes a compelling and current case for a conservative ascendency against the current rogues in Washington. Conservatism's obituaries were premature.

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  • Posted April 29, 2010

    Tyrrell Swings and Misses

    America is at a cross roads. Not a unique historical cross-roads, as many would argue. Rather, we are in the middle of a once-in-a-generation paradigm shift. Our social contract isn't being re-written. Our politics is simply shifting. This is not the first, nor will it be the last time in our nations history we undergo a political paradigm shift.

    In this context, "After the Hangover" by R. Emmet Tyrrell, Jr. (Provided complimentary from Thomas Nealson) is simply tone deaf. Sounding the alarm as if America, as country, will fail lest true Conservatives rise up and retake government misses the entire paradigm shift currently taking place. This, true conservatism or "Movement" conservatism Tyrrell insists upon is simply not representative of a broad swath of Americans.

    There will always be a place for the Willam F. Buckley's of the world, that's not the argument.

    To say, however, some of the smartest voices of the center-right like David Brooks, David Frum and Ross Douthat are "Reformed Conservatives" and therefore somehow sellouts to the original, pure conservatism may win short-term gains during emotional mid-term elections, but it surely will lead to the ruin of the political right in the long run if espoused as a bedrock principal

    "The Davidians" as Tyrrell calls them don't represent the devolution of Bill Buckley's movement, they are similarly intellectual, inquisitive and conservative. Conservatives, in my view, would do well to read more Books and Douthat and less American Spectator.

    Tyrrell simply misses with, "After the Hangover". He miss reads who's smart and who isn't and moreover, misreads where smart conservatives are going.

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

    After the Hangover by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

    Thomas Nelson (through provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for the following review.

    "After the Hangover" is a political book that supposedly provides insight on how the conservative political movement can come back into power. While I do not consider myself conservative, I am always very interested and excited about a person's political ideas and insights. I was not excited, however, by the presentation of Tyrell's political ideas.

    The book had a us against them attitude. It discusses very rarely the mistakes made by the Republican party and blames everything on liberals. I felt the whole book was combative and accusationary. This writing style alone really shut me off to a lot of his ideas.

    I did enjoy his Sarah Palin bashing, but anyone who knows me, knows that I was offended by the choice of Sarah Palin as a VP candidate.

    If you like Rush Limbaugh (I don't btw), then this is the book for you. I think if it had scavanged even a bit of objectivity, I could have learned or gotten something from it. Unfortunately it didnt.

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  • Posted April 18, 2010

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    After the Hangover by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

    As a blogger for Thomas Nelson's blogger program,, I had the opportunity to review the new release: After the Hangover by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. Written from a politically conservative perspective, this book chronicles the history and timeline of political conservatism: is high points and low points, in contrast to political liberalism.

    This heavily detailed book discusses many of the main politicians and commentators of conservative political ideas. The ironies of the modern political movement are also expressed by Tyrrell. For example, modern liberalism- which is more related to socialism, bears little resemblance, if any to the original liberalism of American history. In contrast, modern conservatism is portrayed as the true descendent of the original ideals of liberalism in early American political history. His philosophies are clear, in which he promotes the ideas of objective truth and objective reality and rejects the philosophical world view of relativity by the liberal movement. This book portrays the dynamic relationship between the politicians and the commentators in American politics, as well as the transformation of political parties and the ideas of liberalism. Very little actual historical background is provided, as the author assumes that the reader most likely is well informed. When key players are introduced, minimal background is offered. Although, this is not a downside, this book may not be appreciated by readers with minimal background in political theory and the issues of liberalism vs. conservatism. I would reccomend this book for any strongly opinionated reader with a significant interest in politics and political ideas. The ideas expressed in this review are my own.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    Review for "After the Hangover" by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

    What has been happening to the "longest dying political movement" in the history of the United States?

    Will they finally give up the ghost?

    Using wit and experience gained from years of being involved with the conservative movement, R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. dives answers these in After the Hangover. Tyrrell uses much needed humor and witty sarcasm to ease his readers through the sometimes stifling history of the conservative movement as well as his proposed steps to keep the movement up and running.

    I really enjoyed reading this book and found that it flowed nicely. He was able to keep my interest even through the long list of politicians and events he covered from the birth of the conservative's movement in the 1950's to more current events including Obama's presidency. The problem I had with this book was that there were areas that I couldn't understand very well because of my lack of knowledge about politicians. I found that his writing might be over the heads of those just starting to learn about politics and the politicians. Still, I think that this book is worth reading, and if one is interested in objectively analyzing America's modern political movements they could easily use After the Hangover as a dive board into further study.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted April 14, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The Resurrections of the Conservative Movement

    "The Premature Obituary of America's Longest Dying Political Movement" -R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

    Conservatives have an irrefutable history of resurrecting from the dead; and appear to be on the verge of yet another historic comeback with the 2010 mid-term elections looming on the very near horizon. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., legendary founder and Editor-in-Chief of the American Spectator, gives a riveting and well-researched account of the last 40 plus years of the conservative movement, in his insightful book, After the Hangover. He orders a rigorously lucid prescription for conservatives to take to recapture the American Throne. In perfect prose, Tyrrell recounts the key heroes, heroines and villains of the era and highlights the fractious in-party fighting that is the kryptonite of the conservative movement.

    Pros: After the Hangover is well-researched and provides a clear and definitive history of the conservative movement. Far from being a dry textbook affair, the book is brought to life through Tyrrell's often stinging quips on the diverse key players and cultural climate of the period.

    Cons: After the Hangover is not light reading material as it is well seasoned with many obscure and culturally iconic words. For example, the word 'Kulturesmog'; a term coined by Tyrrell is used to describe liberals and their manipulations of truths to the effect that this manipulation alters and pollutes their minds, preventing them from understanding any evidence that contradicts their points of views.

    An enjoyable book and informative read.

    Book Sneeze - I receive books free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I express are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising

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