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Author: Michael J. Gerson Narrator: Alan Nebelthau Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2007 ISBN: 9780061554483
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Michael Gerson, who worked with George W. Bush on his most inspiring speeches, is considered by many Democrats and Republicans to be the most influential White House speechwriter since the Kennedy administration. He was also more than a speechwriter, he was a trusted insider who helped shape policy.

In Heroic Conservatism Gerson uses his own experiences in the upper tier of the Bush White House to show why America needs a conservatism that is heroic in its aspirations—including "compassionate conservative" proposals to confront global AIDS, combat poverty in America, and promote human rights and dignity abroad—initiatives that Gerson fought for during his time in government.

Gerson has a unique ability to frame complex issues in a way that both challenges and inspires, and in Heroic Conservatism he delivers a new manifesto for the Republican Party and a fascinating memoir of a history-shaping Presidency.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A political call to action…Very much in step with Reagan—and with Thomas Jefferson, for that matter.”

    Washington Post

  • “A well-written and engaging memoir.”

    Weekly Standard

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francelle | 8/27/2013

    " I admire Gerson's human perspective on politics and government. He is an idealist to the core. This book is reviving the idealist in me, and making me rethink my opinion of Bush and current and past U.S. government activities in the world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Auh2o | 11/15/2012

    " Meh. On domestic issues, he sounds a lot like a democrat. Seems to conflate the role of the church and the state, don't reccomend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 8/22/2012

    " I wound up finishing it, and I would recommend it as an apologetic for the Bush administration. I didn't agree with all of Gerson's (or Bush's) positions, actions, or goals, but I certainly can have more respect for them as a consistent expression of a certain philosophy now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wes | 7/30/2012

    " Interesting look at conscious conservatism that seeks social justice. Also one perspective on the Bush White House. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Auh2o | 7/29/2010

    " Meh. On domestic issues, he sounds a lot like a democrat. Seems to conflate the role of the church and the state, don't reccomend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francelle | 7/12/2008

    " I admire Gerson's human perspective on politics and government. He is an idealist to the core. This book is reviving the idealist in me, and making me rethink my opinion of Bush and current and past U.S. government activities in the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wes | 4/13/2008

    " Interesting look at conscious conservatism that seeks social justice. Also one perspective on the Bush White House. "

About the Author

Michael J. Gerson, former Bush White House speechwriter, is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a regular contributor for Newsweek, and a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post. In addition to his distinguished career as a speechwriter for President George W. Bush, presidential candidate Senator Bob Dole, and Senator Dan Coats, Gerson is also former senior editor for US News and World Report.

About the Narrator

Alan Nebelthau is an actor and audiobook narrator, known for The Hebrew Hammer, The Peacekeeper, and the Remember WENN television series. He is the winner of two AudioFile Earphones Awards.