Big Tent: The Story of the Conservative Revolution--As Told by the Thinkers and Doers Who Made It Happen

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Bestselling author, professor, and pundit Mallory Factor illuminates the conservative tradition in American politics with essays from leading figures in the conservative movement.

Ambitious in its breadth and depth, Big Tent provides a fresh and surprising treatment of the conservative movement as told by the leaders themselves. In this unique collection, which is based on his star-studded course at The Citadel, conservative leaders explain how the movement developed as a ...

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Bestselling author, professor, and pundit Mallory Factor illuminates the conservative tradition in American politics with essays from leading figures in the conservative movement.

Ambitious in its breadth and depth, Big Tent provides a fresh and surprising treatment of the conservative movement as told by the leaders themselves. In this unique collection, which is based on his star-studded course at The Citadel, conservative leaders explain how the movement developed as a powerful force in American politics, how it functions now with a wide range of viewpoints, and where it is going in the future. The origin of conservative ideas—from their ancient roots to their English origins, from the American Revolution to William F. Buckley, Alexis de Tocqueville to Barry Goldwater, and libertarianism to neo-conservatism—are revealed and examined in this compelling volume.

These illuminating essays include

  • Newt Gingrich on the political ideas surrounding the American Revolution
  • Yaron Brook of the Ayn Rand Institute on the emergence of libertarianism
  • Ed Meese on the Reagan Revolution
  • David Keene of the NRA on Buckley-style "fusionism"
  • Phyllis Schlafly on the rise of the religious right
  • Donald Rumsfeld on the Bush administration's "War on Terror"
  • Rand Paul on the future of the conservative movement.

Insightful and stimulating, Big Tent is an outstanding survey of the conservative movement from its most significant living figures.

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2014-02-02
Prominent conservatives speak out about their movement's convictions, history and heroes. Originally delivered as guest lectures for a seminar on the Conservative Intellectual Tradition in America run by professor and editor Factor (International Politics and American Government/The Citadel; Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind, 2012, etc.), this collection kicks off with an overarching piece by publisher Alfred S. Regnery on "The Pillars of Conservatism." Regnery identifies some of the themes—liberty, tradition and order, rule of law, belief in God—thinkers—Locke, Hume, Burke—and texts—the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution—that inform conservatives. He emphasizes the post–World War II American conservative movement, invoking names like William F. Buckley Jr., Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan. His observations serve as appropriate launching pads for the authors who follow, each with a special expertise that fleshes out a topic or offers new insight into a particular strand of conservatism. A few of these essays transition awkwardly to the page—e.g., Newt Gingrich's too-colloquial remarks on the American Revolution, Rand Paul's tossed-off observations on bending conservatism in a libertarian direction, and a gassy afterword by Haley Barbour on party-building and winning elections. On the other hand, there are some gems: Michael Barone's thoughtful essay on Tocqueville and ordered liberty, historian David Norcross on the centrality of Edmund Burke, economist Yaron Brook on three seminal, conservative economists, journalist David Keene on Buckley's political vision, former Assistant Secretary of Defense Douglas Feith's personal history of neoconservatism and organizer Ralph Reed's stout defense of social conservatism. No surprise to find Donald Rumsfeld (on the war on terror) and Edwin Meese (on the Reagan Revolution) among the contributors here, but there's room, too, under Factor's big tent for former CIA Director—and Democrat—R. James Woolsey to comment on national security. An uneven but useful handbook for those looking to understand the roots of conservatism and the contours of the contemporary movement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062290694
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/8/2014
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 8,827
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Mallory Factor is the John C. West Professor of International Politics and American Government at The Citadel, and is a Fox News contributor. Mallory is the host and cofounder of the New York Meeting, a nation- ally recognized gathering of elected officials, journalists, business leaders, and conservative authors in New York City, and the Charleston Meeting in South Carolina. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind.

Elizabeth Factor is a lawyer and coauthor of Shadowbosses. She graduated from Columbia University and Yale Law School.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    Very impressive compilation by top conservatives.  Worth a read.

    Very impressive compilation by top conservatives.  Worth a read.

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