American Individualism: How a New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party

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Margaret Hoover has been a lifelong member of the Republican Party.  She grew up a self-described "ditto head."  She worked in the White House for President George W. Bush.  Today she is a political commentator for Fox News, where, as one of Bill O’Reilly’s Culture Warriors, she regularly champions the conservative cause.  She also happens to be the great-granddaughter of the 31st president of the United States, Herbert Hoover.  These impeccable conservative credentials underscore the ...

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Margaret Hoover has been a lifelong member of the Republican Party.  She grew up a self-described "ditto head."  She worked in the White House for President George W. Bush.  Today she is a political commentator for Fox News, where, as one of Bill O’Reilly’s Culture Warriors, she regularly champions the conservative cause.  She also happens to be the great-granddaughter of the 31st president of the United States, Herbert Hoover.  These impeccable conservative credentials underscore the gravity of her deep-seated concerns about the future of the Republican Party.  Her party, she believes, has fallen dangerously out of step with the rising generation of young Americans.
 
In American Individualism, Margaret Hoover challenges the up-and-coming millennial generation to take another look at the Republican Party.  Although they rarely identify themselves as Republicans, Hoover contends that these young men and women who helped elect President Barack Obama are sympathetic to the fundamental principles of conservatism.  She makes a compelling case for how the GOP can right itself and capture the allegiance of this “fiscally conservative but socially liberal” group.  She believes that her party is uniquely positioned to offer solutions for the most pressing problems facing America – skyrocketing debt and deficits, crises in education and immigration, a war against Islamist supremacy – but that it is held back by the outsized influence within the party of social and religious conservatives.  Her book urges millennials to reconsider the Republican Party, while spelling out the steps the party must take in order for it to become the political home for the millennial generation.
 
American Individualism is Hoover’s call to action for Republicans to embrace a conservatism that emphasizes individual freedom both in economic policy and in the realm of social issues, in order to appeal to the new generation of voters.  The Republican Party, Hoover asserts, can win the support of the millennials while at the same time remaining faithful to conservative principles.  In a journey that is both political and personal, Hoover rediscovers these bedrock conservative values in the writings of her great-grandfather, President Herbert Hoover, who emphasized the vital importance of individual freedom to the American way of life and who sought to strike a delicate balance in identifying the limited yet essential role the federal government should play in the lives of individual Americans.  She believes that her great-grandfather's philosophy can help show the conservative movement how to rise above the divisive tribalism and litmus-test mindset that have isolated it from those who might otherwise respond to its message.
 
Margaret Hoover advocates a conservatism that is fully consistent with the original impulses of the American conservative movement.  It evokes her great-grandfather's emphasis on the values of civic responsibility and service to others, instincts instilled in the millennial generation.  She argues that the Republican Party today must evolve in order to achieve greatness, and that it can do so without compromising its tried-and-true fundamental principles.  On the contrary, those enduring principles, consistently applied, will enable it to attract a younger following.
 
An impassioned and persuasive political manifesto grounded in 20th century history and targeted at the most perplexing problems of the 21st century, Margaret Hoover’s American Individualism offers provocative ideas not just for reinvigorating the Republican Party, but for strengthening America in the decades ahead.

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Fox News political commentator Hoover is the great-granddaughter of Herbert Hoover, and this book is an attempt either to vindicate his presidency or to re-establish the conservative mores that served the 1930s. Her complete devotion to her grandfather is evident in the fact that she uses the same title as his 1922 book. Either way, she repeats the same Republican mantras as we head into the same sort of depression that her grandfather's politics heralded, encouraging the policy of "no" as she tries to capture the votes of the "millennials." The former Bush (II) White House Staff member echoes the party lines about gay marriage, a decentralized federal government, the EPA, and illegal immigration. If you really want a picture of conservatism today, try a more informed read such as The Death of Conservatism by Sam Tanenhaus, which is not especially encouraging, but more informed. (July)
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“It is not her great grandfather’s Republican party anymore. And Margaret Hoover has written a book that old Herbert would enjoy. Sassy, opinionated, and smart, Ms. Hoover shakes up conventional GOP wisdom.” 
—Bill O’Reilly, Anchor, Fox News Channel
 
“Margaret Hoover, a fresh and brilliant young voice in the Republican Party, is bent on connecting the GOP to rising generations of the young. She has something to say to their elders, too. They'd best hear her.”
—Peggy Noonan, columnist, Wall Street Journal

“Margaret Hoover's American Individualism is a must read for every member of the Republican party—elected or otherwise—as a new generation of Republicans try to shine new light on who exactly we should be.”
—Meghan McCain, author of Dirty Sexy Politics

An insightful and important book”
—National Review

“Hoover is an engaging personality with timely advice for Republicans. Her book and her message…are helpful guides to candidates and political operatives. And frankly, the Republican Party of New York…might do well to get her on the ballot somewhere in 2012.”
Washington Post

“The 2012 Republican nominee would do well to take a page from Hoover’s book — a lot of pages.”
Chicago Sun Times

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  • ISBN-13: 9780307718150
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/19/2011
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Hoover

MARGARET HOOVER is a television and radio commentator on issues ranging from American politics to pop-culture. A Fox News Contributor, she is a “Culture Warrior” on Bill O’Reilly’s top-rated show, The Factor.  She serves on the Advisory Boards for the American Foundation for Equal Rights and GOProud.  She is a member of the Board of Overseers at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and serves on the boards of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association and the Belgian American Educational Foundation. Hoover lives in New York City with her husband.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 Growing Up Hoover 1

2 Conservative Tribalism 25

3 Meet the Millennials 53

4 Generational Theft 69

5 Freedom Means Freedom for Everyone 89

6 Education Reform: A Civil Rights Win for the Millennial Generation 111

7 A New Republican Feminism 129

8 The Choice Dilemma 143

9 Conservative Environmentalism 159

10 A Nation of Immigrants, a Nation of Borders 175

11 Islamist Supremacy: A Millennial's Worst Nightmare 191

12 America the Exceptional 205

Acknowledgments 221

Notes 225

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

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    It averaged out to....well....average

    I found some parts of the book very interesting, such as the history of her great grandfather's presidency and general biographical information. I found other parts of the book rather trite, such as the scolding you received if you do not agree with every aspect of the stand taken on social issues.
    There was a lot of poll numbers cited with explanations of why these poll numbers are they way they are with the millennials; this went on for a number of chapters. I really enjoy Ms. Hoover's commentary on Fox and I guess I was expecting a little more. Not a waste of time by any means, but on the whole not a "couldn't put it down" read.

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

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    Good book for MODERN Republicans

    I am in my mid-twenties, a moderate when it comes to politics. Fiscal conservative, social liberal. Many in the GOP establishment wouldn't accept a person with my beliefs as a Republican. Thus, many young adults consider themselves Dems or Independents. This books tells the Reps to be more accepting and catch up with the times. It also says people of diverse beliefs can be in the GOP! Goid, easy read!

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