The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea

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THE WAY FORWARD challenges conventional thinking, outlines his political vision for 2014 and beyond, and shows how essential conservatism is for the future of our nation.

Beginning with a careful analysis of the 2012 election--including a look at the challenge the GOP had in reaching a majority of voters and the prevalence of identity politics--Ryan examines the state of the Republican party and dissects its challenges going forward.

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Overview

THE WAY FORWARD challenges conventional thinking, outlines his political vision for 2014 and beyond, and shows how essential conservatism is for the future of our nation.

Beginning with a careful analysis of the 2012 election--including a look at the challenge the GOP had in reaching a majority of voters and the prevalence of identity politics--Ryan examines the state of the Republican party and dissects its challenges going forward.

THE WAY FORWARD also offers a detailed critique of not only President Obama but of the progressive movement as a whole--its genesis, its underlying beliefs and philosophies, and how its policies are steering the country to certain ruin.

Culminating in a plan for the future, THE WAY FORWARD argues that the Republican Party is and must remain a conservative party, emphasizing conservatism in a way that demonstrates how it can modernize and appeal to both our deepest concerns and highest ideals.

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2014-09-10
Wisconsin Rep. Ryan, 2012 vice presidential candidate, enjoyed better press than his 2008 counterpart. Described on the jacket as "the intellectual leader of the Republican Party," he makes a more substantial literary debut than Sarah Palin in Going Rogue (2009), although that is a low bar. Born in a hardworking Midwestern town where "everyone pitches in," the author, who is the chairman of the House Budget Committee, studied economics in college, admiring conservative, free market thinkers like Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek and Ayn Rand. He interned in Washington, D.C., impressed everyone and won a House seat in 1998 at the age of 28. Rising to chair the Budget Committee, Ryan's advocacy of spending cuts and entitlement reform was frustrated by a leadership preoccupied, in Ryan's opinion, with winning elections instead of upholding Republican principles taught by America's Founding Fathers. Liberal only in his love of clichés, Ryan stresses that "irresponsible tax-and-spender" describes Democrats while admitting that "heartless penny-pincher" applies to some Republicans but not him. He proceeds to deliver perhaps too many examples of compassionate conservatism. Social Security, he maintains, is a noble program, but it is incompetently administered, underfunded and headed for bankruptcy. Ryan's criticisms are convincing, but his remedy is a cryptic mélange of pay-as-you-go and privatization to avoid raising taxes (unthinkable) or cutting benefits (political suicide). The jacket photograph of Ryan greeting voters, an American flag in the background next to a portrait of his smiling family, illustrates the book's problem. Genuine attempts to educate readers are sabotaged by his inability, as an elected official, to upset supporters. The result reads like a typical campaign biography: stirring, patriotic, flattering to readers and warning of national crises whose solutions will antagonize only those who will never vote for him.
Library Journal
03/15/2014
Whatever your political stripe, if you want insight into the impact of conservatism today, you'll want to investigate this book from Ryan, U.S. representative for Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District and chair of the House Budget Committee. A big focus on economics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455557561
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/19/2014
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 19,324
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan is the United States Representative for Wisconsin's 1st congressional district and current chairman of the House Budget Committee. He was the Republican Party nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 2012 election.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2014

    An inspirational book about America's future.  Thorough, specifi

    An inspirational book about America's future.  Thorough, specific, optimistic.  Speaks clearly and intelligently to the hopes and dreams of ALL Americans.  

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2014

    Independent

    A must read. The people who trash this book are either ignorant or a die heart liberal. Probably both!! It mystefies me that otherwise intelligent people can read a well documented, clearly sourced book and still hold true to information gleemed off the internet. Come on people, face the fact that you helped elect a man who may destroy this country.


    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2014

    Decent read for a pol's book

    He's got some good ideas, just needs to explain them better sometimes, which he does a better job of here. His story of how he grew-up, what his mother did for his family, etc is a true example of how strong a family can and should be. Also yet another example of how people can still have a great life even after a tragedy and hard times if they have a solid work ethic. Proof again that the only "casualties" in the now 50 year long war on poverty are the poor. At what point will that truly needless and senseless war be over?

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2014

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    Deceptive and dishonest, Paul Ryan's plans for America always in

    Deceptive and dishonest, Paul Ryan's plans for America always involve cutting funding for food stamps and other programs that help the most vulnerable and needy people in America. He's openly homophobic and is a threat to women's healthcare. He promotes the idea of survival of the fittest which will not lead America anywhere worthwhile or productive.

    3 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2014

    I have listened to his interviews for this book tour. Meal mouth

    I have listened to his interviews for this book tour.
    Meal mouthed, core less, hypocritical, still blaming poor people for being poor.
    Refusing to answer any real questions. Has even said 'I'm putting my ideas on hold."
    Like what. The long awaited "REPLACE"? what a crock
    Ryan is a poser and LESS than an empty suit, Destined to accomplish less than nothing,
    like John McCain.

    2 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2014

    Probably most honest and spirited person in Washington. Paul Rya

    Probably most honest and spirited person in Washington. Paul Ryan understands Americans and provides ways of helping us out. I met him on his book tour. Real nice guy. I would vote for his Presidency. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2014

    A refreshing read to move America forward.

    The book is an easy read and Mr. Ryan does a good job laying out the case for change as well as the areas to change and how. If you are troubled by how the country is currently moving, this is a must read book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2014

    Just more dribble from this mindless, Ayn Rand disciple. Three

    Just more dribble from this mindless, Ayn Rand disciple. Three hundred pages of half-baked, misguided, misinformed rhetoric of how the poor are somehow to blame for their lot in life. He complains about how the poor and "inner city" (wink, wink) people take advantage of a system designed to exploit them, yet looks to cut the very Federally funded programs that allowed him to get his education and achive the status he enjoys today - - A truely, "I've got mine, to HELL with all y'all" type of fear and hate monger. Paul Ryan is a TWOT - total waste of time.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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