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Big Tent: The Story of the Conservative Revolution--As Told by the Thinkers and Doers Who Made It Happen

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Drawing from his comprehensive, star-studded course at the Citadel, Mallory Factor, the New York Times bestselling author of Shadowbosses, brings together a fascinating and diverse range of essays from leading figures and activists which explore and illuminate the conservative intellectual tradition in American politics.

Ambitious in its breadth and depth, The Big Tent is a
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Hardcover, 464 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Broadside Books
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John
Oct 17, 2014 John rated it it was ok
I was very disappointed by this book. I was expecting an intellectual rundown of the story of Conservative thought. What I got was mostly opinion pieces with general themes. Some of these were a complete waste of time, such as Phyllis Schlafly's, Alfred Regnery's, and Douglas Feith's, while most of the others were slightly more tolerable, but not by much. The only ones worth reading were Michael Barone's essay on de Tocqueville and Daniel Mitchell's on economic policy. Besides that, a pretty thi ...more
David Roberts
Aug 19, 2014 David Roberts rated it really liked it
Recommended to David by: Henrt Mahe - loaned it to me
This is an interesting series of essays on political conservatism by a wide variety of authors, from Phyllis Schlafly to Donald Rumsfield, that is based on a series of lectures given at The Citadel in 2012-2013.

You don't have to be a "Republican" to enjoy this book and many (but not all) of the essays/lectures are thoughtfully crafted.

Some of the essays are particularly well done, such as the one on Libertarianism and others including Neoconservatism. There are a few essays that tend to be more
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Robamyelkins
Oct 18, 2014 Robamyelkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book. It was a compilation of some guest speakers/seminars done at the Citadel. Some interesting history on the history of conservatives in America. It's good to hear that there is something conservatives actually stand for and believe in, that it is not just being against liberals and progressives as the media would have everyone believe.
Paige Halper
Oct 26, 2016 Paige Halper rated it it was ok
A better title would've been "Establishment Conservatives Provide Mediocre Defense of Their Beliefs: Featuring an Ayn Rand Chapter."
Really disappointing, but the libertarian chapters bumped this rating from a 1 to a 3.
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Jul 10, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. It is a collection of essays that are very well written and show so much promise of what this country can be.
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