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Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin's Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom
     

Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin's Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom

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by Allen West, Michele Hickford
 

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The inspiring life and uncensored views of a veteran, patriot, former Congressman, conservative icon, and warrior for personal liberty…
 
Over the course of the past few decades, Allen West has had many titles bestowed on him, among them Lt. Colonel, U.S. Representative, “Dad,” and Scourge of the Far Left. He rose from

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The inspiring life and uncensored views of a veteran, patriot, former Congressman, conservative icon, and warrior for personal liberty…
 
Over the course of the past few decades, Allen West has had many titles bestowed on him, among them Lt. Colonel, U.S. Representative, “Dad,” and Scourge of the Far Left. He rose from humble beginnings in Atlanta where his father instilled in him a code of conduct that would inform his life ever after.  Throughout his years leading troops, raising a loving family, serving as Congressman in Florida’s 22nd district, and emerging as one of the most authentic voices in conservative politics, West has never compromised the core values on which he was raised: family, faith, tradition, service, honor, fiscal responsibility, courage, freedom.
 
Today, these values are under attack as never before, and as the far Left intensifies its assaults, few have been as vigorous as West in pushing back.  He refuses to let up, calling out an Obama administration that cares more about big government than following the Constitution, so-called black “leaders” who sell out their communities in exchange for pats on the head, and a segment of the media that sees vocal black conservatives as threats to be silenced.
 
Now more than ever, the American republic needs a guardian: a principled, informed conservative who understands where we came from, who can trace the philosophical roots of our faith and freedom, and who has a plan to get America back on track. West isn’t afraid to speak truth to power, and in this book he’ll share the experiences that shaped him and the beliefs he would die to defend.

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Publishers Weekly
03/17/2014
This thin political memoir by former Florida Congressman West, writing with Hickford, chronicles his heroic fight against adversity, as well as detailing his noble convictions and courage as a black Republican. This ambitious 53-year-old former Army lieutenant colonel’s upward-bound story shifts in tone between grandiose and faux folksy, with West referring to himself at one point as a “simple fella from the inner city.” Despite his 22-year Army career and time in office, his reflections on the political process and social redemption are shallow. Though his instincts about limited government will appeal to right-wing readers, this self-declared ronin (a samurai warrior who has no lord or master) who also invokes Plato’s guardians and Republic in his title, cannot do justice to the ideas of Thomas Jefferson, Karl Marx, or Booker T. Washington. References to organizer Saul Alinsky suggest a conspiratorial line of thought about progressive opposition. West’s solutions and reform plans recycle familiar Tea Party shibboleths, and though they will convince many sympathetic readers that he is a patriotic American, others may question his capacity for innovative public policy. (Apr.)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-19
Part memoir, part political manifesto, from a controversial conservative who sounds like he's preparing to run for public office. There is no doubting his sincerity or the courage of his convictions, as West details his formative years as the African-American son of a close-knit family that stressed education and had generations of military service. The turning point for the author came when he was a battalion commander and received information that an Iraqi policeman had been conspiring with terrorists to help ambush American troops. "The policeman had been stonewalling our interrogators, and we needed results," he writes. "So I made the decision to put additional pressure on him with a psychological intimidation tactic. I drew my pistol and threatened to kill him if he did not provide information." He got his information but lost his command, received a fine and a reprimand, and left the military with an honorable discharge. He subsequently served a single term as a Florida congressman and has been a commentator on Fox News. West, whose political positions aren't as distinctive as his military experience, believes black voters are ill-served by a Democratic Party that takes them for granted: "[W]hen the left wins, our community loses. The result of such blind loyalty is that many black voters have come to resemble Vladimir Lenin's ‘useful idiots.' " The Lenin reference isn't gratuitous, for the author sees signs of communism, or at least creeping socialism, throughout a government that has grown bloated while betraying the principles of the Founding Fathers. "On college campuses," he writes, "there are far too many political science departments following the dogma of Marx rather than Jefferson." So what about the Republican Party? It is "slowly diluting itself into oblivion as it listens to talking heads say it can only be successful as ‘Democrat Lite.' " With his philosophy shaped by the likes of Ayn Rand, no one will tag this author Democrat Lite.
From the Publisher
"Guardian of the Republic is a book to savor-entertaining, fearless, and fun." ---Mark Levin

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804138109
Publisher:
The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/2014
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
323,429
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Allen West is the third of four generations of military members in his family. During his twenty-two-year Army career he commanded troops and deployed to several combat zones. He was elected to Congress in 2010, representing the 22nd district of Florida for one term. He lives with his family in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Allen West is the third of four generations of military members in his family. During his twenty-two-year Army career he commanded troops and deployed to several combat zones. He was elected to Congress in 2010, representing the 22nd district of Florida for one term. He lives with his family in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

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Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin's Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A true American that loves this country and cares about it. Allen West for president 2016! Joe Fazio Westlake Ohio
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book so powerful, I'm going to read it a second time for fear I've missed something.
buckskinapp More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed reading the story of Col. Allen West. Intelligent and articulate, he makes the book interesting and even comedic at times. I certainly hope he continues his career in politics.
ACS_Book_Blogger More than 1 year ago
I read Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin's Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom by Allen West.  Allen West is a black conservative republican which some would think to be an oxymoron.  In his book he describes his upbringing as well as his military and brief political careers.  He gives great insight into the founding of America and the two diverse roads of political thinking in the black community dating back to the end of the Civil War.  The book is easy to read and very informative.  After finishing the book, I felt proud to be an American and a strong desire to do all I can to help America to be great again.  Allen West is direct and even blunt at times, but we are living in a time when we need to be spoken to directly.  This book is definitely and encouragement to conservatives. (reviewed by B.Lyles, Teacher)
AnObjectivist More than 1 year ago
Definitely a book that supports positive values, which is why the left will hate it (and, as shown by the reviews here, all they can do about it is throw rotten tomatoes). I don't believe religion is compatible, ultimately, with freedom, but I'll take that approach over the subjectivism, socialism, communism, and nihilism promulgated by today's left, any day. The ideas in this book will take individual lives forward in a positive way, which in turn will take the country forward in a positive way.
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'sgm' res one and two (results may have swapped so look around)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author rants like a crazed lunatic throughout the book proving no facts, or anything to back up any statements.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolute lunatic.
WhiteFlowerLei76 More than 1 year ago
It doesn't get more insane and pathetic than gay bashing, sexist, Uncle Tom Allen West. Thankfully he was voted out of office.