Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again
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Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again

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With a new Afterword on the results of the 2008 presidential race, an intensely controversial book that the Wall Street Journal says “should be required reading for all GOP candidates.”

David Frum was one of the first Republican insiders to warn the GOP of danger ahead in 2008. In this passionate, urgently readable book, Frum analyzes the conservative crisis—and offers new...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published December 31st 2007 by Doubleday (first published January 1st 2007)
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Kevin Quinley
Frum's book certainly comes at an opportune time, with Republicans reeling from a slew of electoral losses and at an ideological crossroads with the political future of Sarah Palin and her ilk in the process. As a smart man and GOP insider, Frum was able to read the tea leaves and divine the challenges ahead. I credit him with trying to move forward, quite a different message from a party whose primary seemed to be a contest between who could do the best Ronald Reagan impression. He is also shar...more
John Bailo
This book is great at explaining the what of how conservatism has succeeded wildly in the past 30 years and become the dominant paradigm. The facts and stats in this book alone should be required reading for anyone trying to understand what's been happening. The parts I might disagree about are his policy suggestions. For myself, I don't think of Conservatives as Liberals with different fact, the author at times sounds more like a Liberal who conceded to the Conservatives a few yea...more
Sagar Jethani
David Frum's best-known work to date is: "The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush".

Let's state that upfront so we all understand the kind of person we're dealing with here.

Rather than offering a serious look at the causes of conservative decline, Frum trots-out the same banal list of liberal strawmen and Fox News half-truths to explain why Republicans have lost their electoral firepower. I approached "Comeback" with high hopes that the author would speak hard truths to a party...more
Don Weidinger
Conservatism can always work David, it was the war stupid, we need to ‘master the details’, TX going to democrats, failed to note impact of 3 presidential candidates, missed efforts on soc sec psa accounts. And other items to agree with is the data that supports risk to children of single mothers, the risk to mothers for poverty, media bias and failure to tell the rest of the story, dems blame and support abortion extremists, ought grade obama by same standards as bush, focus on India to build...more
David Thomson
Pretty good book with some decent ideas. David Frum is a disaffected, former low-level speach writer for Bush, and is often critical of the President in this book. Some are very legitimate criticisms. Other times Frum seems angry simply because the President has compromised with Democrats on some issues (imagine that- Republicans working together with Democrats, novel idea, huh?). Still, it was a pretty good book with some good thinking and rationale.
May 07, 2008 Shirleen rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: people interested in politics
Recommended to Shirleen by: Wall Street Journal book review
I learned a lot about politics and the differences between the Republicans and Democrats from reading this book. David Frum, the author, is a conservative who was a former special assistant and speechwriter to President George W. Bush. He is worried about the Republican party and advocates that the party needs some new fresh ideas.
At a moment of crisis and pessimism for American conservatives, David Frum offers fresh ideas--and fresh hope.

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Jared Fontaine
I did not agree with some of it. I hate how Republicans attack Affirmative Action. Also I did not like his support of a National Energy Tax. But the rest of the book is okay.
Jessica Gadsden
It's an internal civil war between conservatism and change.
This is the kind of conservative propaganda that makes me proud to be a Democrat. My favorite line, I think, was about how women are terrified of nuclear power (p. 122) - actually, someone used the word 'nuclear' the other day on the train and I started crying I was so scared. Possibly worth the two-hours-or-so it takes to read this - conquering the enemy and knowing the enemy go hand in hand, I suppose...
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David J. Frum is a Canadian American journalist active in both the United States and Canadian political arenas. A former economic speechwriter for President George W. Bush, he is also the author of the first "insider" book about the Bush presidency. His editorial columns have appeared in a variety of Canadian and American magazines and newspapers, including the National Post and The Week. He is al...more
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