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The prominent economist and president of the American Enterprise Institute—the leading intellectual think tank on the right—offers a bold new vision for conservatism as a movement for social and economic justice.

In The Conservative Heart, Arthur C. Brooks contends that after years of focusing on economic growth and traditional social values, it is time for a new kind of conservatism—one that helps the vulnerable without mortgaging our children’s future. In Brooks’ daring vision, this conservative movement fights poverty, promotes equal opportunity, celebrates earned success, and values spiritual enlightenment. It is an inclusive movement with a positive agenda to help people lead happier, more hopeful, and more satisfied lives.

One of the country’s leading scholars and policy thinkers, Brooks has considered these issues for decades. Drawing on years of research on the sources of happiness, he asserts that what people most need are four “institutions of meaning”—faith, family, community, and meaningful work. These are not only the foundations of personal well-being, but also the necessary means for building a better nation.

Combining reporting, original research, and case studies, and free of vituperative politics, The Conservative Heart is an intelligent and compelling manifesto for renewal. Clear, well-reasoned, and accessible, it is a welcome new strategy for disconsolate conservatives looking for fresh, actionable ideas to address the serious problems confronting us today and to reclaim our future, and it is for politically independent citizens who believe that neither political party addresses their needs or concerns.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brooks calls attention to an image problem facing today’s conservatives and offers his solution…advice [that] makes sense…presented in a highly readable fashion. Whether the strategy is sufficient to return a conservative to the White House, as Brooks hopes, is hard to say. If the eventual Republican nominee heeds his counsel, the test will come in November 2016.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Arthur Brooks understands not only that the way we think shapes the way we speak, but that the way we speak about social problems such as poverty and opportunity conditions the way we act. A thinking person’s primer.”

    George F. Will, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

  • “A thinking person’s primer for a conservative politics of human flourishing.”

    George F. Will, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

  • “Presents a social justice agenda for what he calls the New Right.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of Notable Debuts
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About the Author

Arthur C. Brooks is the president of the American Enterprise Institute, a public policy think tank in Washington, DC. He is the author of a number of books, including The Battle, Gross National Happiness, and Who Really Cares. Until 2009, Arthur was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government Policy at Syracuse University. Previously, Brooks spent twelve years as a professional French hornist with the City Orchestra of Barcelona and other ensembles. A native of Seattle, Brooks currently lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife and their three children.