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A Choice Not an Echo: Updated and Expanded 50th Anniversary Edition

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Celebrate 50 years since the release of Phyllis Schlafly's monumental A Choice Not an Echo, the book that launched the conservative resurgence of the late 20th century. This special updated and expanded edition contains 50 percent new material placing the book in its historical context and applying the book's lessons to the issues of today.
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published November 10th 2014 by Regnery Publishing (first published 1964)
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Tom Stamper
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know a book is a classic when you have heard ideas and phrases your whole life and finally realize that their origins are with a book you are just now getting around to reading. The premise is that U.S. Presidential elections have been played in the center since 1940. This is not happenstance says Schlafly, but by design. As the federal government became more and more involved in private business and banking, the leaders of industry decided to hedge their bets by shaping the nominees of both ...more
Jun 08, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this slim book as part of my current research project. It is a concise expression of the anti-communist ideology that gripped a faction of the Republican party in the 1950s and 60s. Since the resurgent of the use of "socialism" to denounce all things Democratic, the book has a modern tinge. Schlafly blames the "kingmakers" for the disasterous presidential choices of both parties that had resulted in American foreign policy that appeased communist governments. She uses this book to promote ...more
May 08, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Of interest only as a historical (or perhaps hysterical) snapshot. I read it out of curiosity after hearing it mentioned during the 2008 presidential campaign. It's pretty much just a propaganda pamphlet that goes on for over a hundred pages.
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Note: The pictured book is the original 1964 edition. Get the 2014 50th anniversary edition to which the following review applies ...

A fascinating must-read that covers Republican presidential elections from 1936 through 2012.

Learn about the kingmakers, who used to be entirely grouped in the NE, but who now include that group, plus other Big Donors across the nation who basically buy politicians to enact legislation for them. Recent trade deal agreements and amnesty for illegals programs being
Jim Allison
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book by chance while in college imediately preceeding the 2008 elections. The content was chilling and interesting from a historical perspective.
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, own
For being someone who enjoys reading about American history, I was shocked to read this book and see the corruption that has gone on in the game of politics for many years. The book starts with the Johnson administration and ends with the beginning of the 2016 presidential race (if reading the updated edition). Phyllis Schlafly brings the reader’s attention to the kingmakers. These were famous rich men that controlled the Republican Party without the Republicans even knowing, until Schlafly wrot ...more
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Schlafly's death caused me to pick up this book, and what a great look on how establishment GOP "kingmakers" as she calls them have been struggling to control our government for a long time. She is a shrewd and lively writer.
Ramblin' Man
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Phyllis Schlafly was a pretty good political author. I think this is a must read (up there with True Believer and Unabomber Manifesto). Actually, forget the book and read my quotes below, way easier. You will get the idea. Oh come on, it takes 5 minutes you lazy asshole!

She pretty much hated not only the left candidates but the right candidates from 52-64 (and makes good arguments as to why). She has stated that are foreign policy is what has been controlled by the Left and Right since FDR (and
Christopher Saunders
High-toned paranoia from a frothing polemicist.
After noticing something amiss at the 1952 Republican Convention, Phyllis Schafly began investigating the Republican Party and discovered that at least as far back as 1940, when kingmakers selected unknown Democrat Wilkie over Taft for a Republican Presidential candidate something had to be exposed. She explains how those kingmakers chose (and choose) who runs for President, until Barry Goldwater, how Conservatives found their way back with him and again with Reagan, and how the Party works and ...more
Cathie (ClassyLibrarian)
Interesting read...wordy, but interesting.
Feb 10, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this for research please don't @ me
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one.
Recommended to Cheryl's by: Walter
Shelves: politics, usa, history
Interesting from a historical perspective; but primarily a 100 page propaganda pamphlet for Republican Goldwater

Issues of the 1964 presidential campaign (year after Kennedy assassinated) in which Democratic Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson defeated Republican Barry Goldwater in one of the largest landslides in U.S. history. Reveals inside story of how American Presidents are chosen, hidden issues within the Republican Party: who really picks presidential candidates; how are political conventions stolen?
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note: I read the 50 year anniversary addition which included all elections up to the 2016 election. The original book just goes up to Barry Goldwater's run in 1964.

I didn't realize that Schlafly was a member of the John Birch Society (though I guess she later quit). This book is filled with several references that most Birchers would pick up. It was more "conspiratorial" than I thought it was going to be but a pretty good read.
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Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) was an American constitutional lawyer, conservative activist, and author.

She was known for her staunch social and political conservatism, her opposition to modern feminism, and her successful campaign against the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s.

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