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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (91 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rick Santorum Narrator: Rick Santorum Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2006 ISBN: 9781608142590
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Among politicians of national stature today, there is perhaps none more respected as a principled conservative than Rick Santorum. In It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good, Santorum articulates the humane vision that he believes must inform public policy if it is to be effective and just. An appreciation for the civic bonds that unite a community lies at the heart of genuine conservatism. Moreover, Santorum demonstrates how such an approach to political, social, and economic problems offers the most promise for those on the margin of life: the poor, the vulnerable, and minorities who have often been excluded from opportunity in America.

Santorum argues that conservative statesmanship is animated by a sense of stewardship for an inheritance. But what do we inherit as Americans? And how can we be good stewards of that inheritance? Building on Robert Putnam’s discussion of “social capital,” the habits of association and trust that are the preconditions of any decent society, Santorum assesses how well, in the past generation, Americans have cared for the “fabric” of society. He explores in detail various dimensions of social and cultural connection that are the foundation of the common good. And he presents innovative policy proposals for the renewal of American society at all levels.

Throughout his book, Santorum emphasizes the central role of the family—in contradistinction to the metaphorical “village” of the federal government, as promoted by Hillary Clinton—in achieving the common good. With a sustained argument touching on first principles throughout, this ambitious and original book is a major contribution to contemporary political debate. It Takes a Family further establishes Santorum as the leader of reform-minded civic conservatives in America.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A very serious, smart work of political science.”

    Washington Post

  • “This book is worth taking seriously for several reasons, not least of which is that it is a serious book…Santorum wrestles intelligently, often impressively, with the biggest of big ideas: freedom, virtue, civil society, the Founders’ intentions.”

    Jonathan Rauch, National Journal

  • “[Santorum is] resonant, uplifting, and fun to hear as he explains how to empower two-parent families instead of undermining them. Strangely appealing, it’s a noble polemic that will fascinate listeners across the entire political spectrum.”


  • “In these days when politicians’ pronouncements are mostly the focus-grouped bland hoping to (mis)lead the voting blind, Rick Santorum dares to try to say something that actually matters.”

    Maggie Gallagher, former president and chairman of the board of the National Organization for Marriage

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marti | 5/11/2012

    " A bit outdated by now, but still filled with an earnest desire to address the culture wars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn Prickett | 2/2/2009

    " While I agreed with much of what he said, and found parts of the book very inspiring, the COMPLETE lack of footnotes or citations was just terrible. How am I supposed to verify your statistics?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 3/26/2008

    " This book is full of common sense. If only the country would do something about the problems explained in it, "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 11/18/2007

    " The quality of Santorum's case for conservatism was surprising and thoughtful. Reading this book has helped me understand him better as a GOP candidate. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in his political and philosophical views. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James Smith | 9/1/2007

    " Reading as my first ever e-book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark Armstrong | 3/13/2007

    " I hate to say it because I love Rick Santorum, but this was a snoozer. But, I was glad to know exactly who the guy was that I was going to vote for. His views are awesome and I support them 100 percent. He's a good leader of our times. But his book stank. "

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About the Author
Author Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum, a native of Pennsylvania, was a candidate for the Republican nomination for president of the United States in 2012 and became known as a voice for conservatives who didn’t feel they were being represented. In June 2012 he launched Patriot Voices, a grassroots and online community of Americans committed to promoting faith, family, freedom, and opportunity. Prior to running for president, Santorum served in the House of Representatives from 1991 to 1995, and in the Senate from 1995 to 2007, where he was known as one of the most successful government reformers in our history. An accomplished author, Santorum penned the 2005 New York Times bestseller It Takes a Family.