Landmark Speeches of the American Conservative Movement

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 93%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (10) from $1.99   
  • New (1) from $61.69   
  • Used (9) from $1.99   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.


Ships from: Chicago, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by


As Ronald Reagan declared, the conservative banner is one of bold, unmistakable colors, not “pastel shades.” Since World War II, the American conservative movement has changed the colors of the national political landscape. Here, in its own words, is the body of thought and rhetoric that has painted the movement’s banner.

Award-winning authors Peter Schweizer and Wynton C. Hall have gathered an authoritative collection of speeches representing the modern conservative movement. Beginning with Whittaker Chambers’s 1948 testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee and continuing through the speeches of such conservative icons as Barry Goldwater, Bill Buckley, Phyllis Schlafly, Ronald Reagan, and Barbara Bush, the editors assemble an all-star line-up of conservative thought.

Newt Gingrich, champion of conservatism, said that, in this volume, “Peter Schweizer and Wynton Hall have captured the key moments in the emergence of modern conservatism.” Steve Forbes also praised this work as a "timely, much-needed reminder of what the movement is truly about." Without a doubt, Landmark Speeches of the American Conservative Movement is a book that will interest anyone with a passion for politics, the spoken word, or history.

The thirteen speeches in this volume powerfully capture the principles, images, and causes that constitute modern American conservatism. Drawing on such thinkers as Russell Kirk and Richard M. Weaver, Schweizer and Hall vividly illustrate the ideas that have moved the conservative movement from the margins of society to the citadels of power.

An introduction to each speech explains the context in which it was first delivered and notes the impact of each statement on the movement and the nation.

The perfect gift for those who value conservatism or seek to understand it, Landmark Speeches of the American Conservative Movement offers food for thought and action. For historians, political scientists, and students of public communication, the book is an essential source for the ideas that have shaped American society since 1945.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

John Jones

“It calls attention to the evolution of the modern conservative movement, giving the reader tremendous insight into how rhetoric gave rise to the conservative resolution. It could better help the average citizen appreciate the value of rhetoric…Works such as this collection of speeches call us back to traditional political discourse and provide the kind of scholarship that not only will benefit those of us who teach, but non-academics as well.”--John Jones, Pepperdine University
Book Bit
If you don't understand the Conservative positions, read this book. If you're a Conservative and need some encouragement, read this book. It's that important.
Newt Gingrich
Peter Schweizer and Wynton Hall have captured the key moments in the emergence of modern conservatism. Every citizen will learn from this book.
Steve Forbes
. . . provides conservatives a timely, much-needed reminder of what the movement is truly about.
Richard Wirthlin
Words matter. They can clarify, inspire, give focus to action, and change our social/political fabric. Wynton Hall and Peter Schweizer have skillfully captured how the conservative revolution at the turn of the century was set in motion through the words of its most powerful spokespersons. (Richard Wirthlin, Chief Strategist for Ronald Reagan)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585445844
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Series: Landmark Speeches: A Book Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 186
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

PETER SCHWEIZER is a research fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He is the author of numerous books, including Do as I Say (Not as I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy and Reagan's War: The Epic Story of His Forty-Year Struggle and Final Triumph over CommunismWYNTON C. HALL is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He is the coauthor of The Greatest Communicator: What Ronald Reagan Taught Me about Politics, Leadership, and Life and Home of the Brave.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction     1
Whittaker Chambers (1948): "I Broke Away from the Communist Party"     9
William F. Buckley Jr. (1950): "Today We Are Educated Men"     14
Everett Dirksen (1964): "The Time Has Come"     20
Barry Goldwater (1964): "Extremism in the Defense of Liberty Is No Vice"     30
Ronald Reagan (1964): "A Time for Choosing"     41
Clare Boothe Luce (1978): "Is the New Morality Destroying America?"     55
Ronald Reagan (1981): "The First Inaugural"     73
Ronald Reagan (1983): "Evil Empire"     81
Phyllis Schlafly (1987): "Child Abuse in the Classroom"     94
Barbara Bush (1990): "The Controversy Ends Here"     105
Newt Gingrich (1995): "The Contract with America"     111
George W. Bush (2001): "Our Mission and Our Moment"     128
Charles Krauthammer (2004): "A Unipolar World"     139
Acknowledgments     161
Index     163
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)