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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 ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published July 19th 2011 by Crown Forum (first published January 1st 2011)
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Sarah
This book made me sad. Hoover is such a talented writer, and a very smart lady. She obviously passionate about what she believes and wanted to share with others. Her talent, passion, and bits about her great-grandfather make up the whole of the three stars I am giving this book.

There were some major flaws in Hoover's theories, the first being to not understand social conservatives. Especially when it comes to abortion she failed to understand the most basic underlying principle of many, (as she
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Ben Chapman
Jul 19, 2011 Ben Chapman rated it liked it
It's been a while, but I finally finished the book. Margaret has given great insight on the 'Millennials' (New Generation Conservatives) and what needs to be done to keep the Republican party strong. They are losing too many members due to their ignorance on certain social issues. To sum it up, "This ain't your grandmother's Republican party." I did think, however, she spent too much time defending her great-grandfather, Herbert Hoover tarnished legacy. The quotes/praise on the back of the book ...more
Lia
Sep 15, 2011 Lia rated it did not like it
I was interested to see how this work proposed to make the GOP appealing to my generation. The answer was to de-emphasize social issues (i.e. gay marriage, abortion) and focus on fiscal responsibility. Which is fine- interesting even. I was all ready to be impressed with the practicality of this approach (even though her writing is pretty junky and her arguments often de-rail into nonsensical tangents)until the chapter on feminism. Her weirdly myopic view of gender relations makes you wonder if ...more
Noetic_Hatter
A much needed call for a return to a more classical conservatism. Hoover makes the case that today's young adults, 50 million strong, will not respond to the GOP as it's currently going.

It would be nice if the Republican Party would listen.
Connie Glasgow
Not your normal reading book - but I finished it. Not having been in a history class for over 50 years it was like a history refresher class.
Jeff
Jul 19, 2012 Jeff rated it really liked it

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Well written. My version is full of marginalia and highlighting. A remarkably clear voice on balancing personal and institutional rights.
Kevin
Aug 16, 2011 Kevin rated it it was ok
The only interesting parts were about her great-grandfather, Herbert Hoover.
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Nothing really new or surprising here.
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