Landmark Speeches of the American Conservative Movement
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Pub Date: 03/27/2007
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Landmark Speeches of the American Conservative Movement

Edited by Peter Schweizer and Wynton C. Hall

As Ronald Reagan declared, the conservative banner is one of bold, unmistakable colors, not “pastel shades.” Since World War II, the American conservative movement has changed the colors of the national political landscape. Here, in its own words, is the body of thought and rhetoric that has painted the movement’s banner.

Award-winning authors Peter Schweizer and Wynton C. Hall have gathered an authoritative collection of speeches representing the modern conservative movement. Beginning with Whittaker Chambers’s 1948 testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee and continuing through the speeches of such conservative icons as Barry Goldwater, Bill Buckley, Phyllis Schlafly, Ronald Reagan, and Barbara Bush, the editors assemble an all-star line-up of conservative thought.

Newt Gingrich, champion of conservatism, said that, in this volume, “Peter Schweizer and Wynton Hall have captured the key moments in the emergence of modern conservatism.” Steve Forbes also praised this work as a "timely, much-needed reminder of what the movement is truly about." Without a doubt, Landmark Speeches of the American Conservative Movement is a book that will interest anyone with a passion for politics, the spoken word, or history.

The thirteen speeches in this volume powerfully capture the principles, images, and causes that constitute modern American conservatism. Drawing on such thinkers as Russell Kirk and Richard M. Weaver, Schweizer and Hall vividly illustrate the ideas that have moved the conservative movement from the margins of society to the citadels of power.

An introduction to each speech explains the context in which it was first delivered and notes the impact of each statement on the movement and the nation.

The perfect gift for those who value conservatism or seek to understand it, Landmark Speeches of the American Conservative Movement offers food for thought and action. For historians, political scientists, and students of public communication, the book is an essential source for the ideas that have shaped American society since 1945.

PETER SCHWEIZER is a research fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He is the author of numerous books, including Do as I Say (Not as I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy and Reagan's War: The Epic Story of His Forty-Year Struggle and Final Triumph over CommunismWYNTON C. HALL is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He is the coauthor of The Greatest Communicator: What Ronald Reagan Taught Me about Politics, Leadership, and Life and Home of the Brave.

What Readers Are Saying:

“It calls attention to the evolution of the modern conservative movement, giving the reader tremendous insight into how rhetoric gave rise to the conservative resolution. It could better help the average citizen appreciate the value of rhetoric…Works such as this collection of speeches call us back to traditional political discourse and provide the kind of scholarship that not only will benefit those of us who teach, but non-academics as well.”--John Jones, Pepperdine University

“It calls attention to the evolution of the modern conservative movement, giving the reader tremendous insight into how rhetoric gave rise to the conservative resolution. It could better help the average citizen appreciate the value of rhetoric…Works such as this collection of speeches call us back to traditional political discourse and provide the kind of scholarship that not only will benefit those of us who teach, but non-academics as well.” --John Jones, Pepperdine University

“This excellent anthology provides conservatives a timely, much-needed reminder of what the movement is truly about.” --Steve Forbes

“Words matter. They can clarify, inspire, give focus to action and change our social/political fabric. Wynton Hall and Peter Schweizer have skillfully captured how the conservation revolution at the turn of the century was set in motion through the words of its most powerful spokespersons.” --Richard Wirthlin, Chief Strategist for Ronald Reagan and author of The

“Peter Schweizer and Wynton Hall have assembled a much needed compilation of those axial speeches that ignited and now sustain the political resurgence of the modern conservative movement.” --Richard Wirthlin, Chief Strategist for Ronald Reagan and author of The

Peter Schweizer and Wynton Hall have captured the key moments in the emergence of modern conservatism. Every citizen will learn from this book.” --Newt Gingrich

“If you don’t understand the Conservative positions, read this book. If you’re a Conservative and need some encouragement, read this book. It’s that important.” --Doc Kirby

“…a very useful book for understanding modern American conservatism.” --CHOICE

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