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I have experienced firsthand an insightful, well-written, eye-opening recreation of the history of the Republican Party. -- Robert, Illinois

Michael Zak's Back to Basics for the Republican Party is an insightful and astute look into our nation's political history. -- Seth Gershberg, Chicago IL

Michael Zak's book underscores the importance of really knowing your history. -- Kip Krady, Charlotte, NC

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Michael Zak is a popular speaker to Republican organizations around the country, showing office-holders, candidates, and activists how they would benefit tremendously from knowing and appreciating our Party's heritage of civil rights achievement. His speeches have received many excellent reviews. As he says, "The more we Republicans know about the history of our Party, the more the Democrats will worry about the future of theirs."

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  • Paperback: 249 pages
  • Publisher: Signature Books; 3rd edition (February 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970006322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970006325
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,123,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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54 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Patrick D. John on September 1, 2006
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I myself am a Black Republican, so I agree with Mr. Zak that the GOP's history on civil rights has not been fairly told. However, this book makes the same 2 errors that most GOP loyalists make when discussing Blacks and the GOP: 1) they oversimplify the ideology of the early Republicans and abolitionists. For example, notably missing from Mr. Zak's book are the following facts:that Herbert Hoover (Republican) was the first president to refuse to address the NAACP's convention, that Carter G.Read more ›
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 11, 2003
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Just as Ann Coulter destroyed the myth of Joseph McCarthy, Michael Zak finally sets the record straight on the roots of the Republican Party. Far too often today, the descendants of slavery see the Republican Party as a racist, exclusive club for whites. Hopefully many of them will see this book, and finally learn that it was Republicans who led the fight against slavery from its outset. It was Republicans who passed the 13th , 14th and 15th Amendments as well as the civil rights acts during and after Reconstruction. Zak does not hide the skeletons either. He points out Republican corruption and incompetence, but most importantly points out the tragic mistakes that virtually handed the Democrats almost the entire African American voting block in this country. Where we as a party go from here depends heavily on our understanding of history and the extent of determination to once again become the party of inclusiveness. This does not require compromising those principles that made us the Grand Old Party, and the guarantors of freedom. We have a long way to go, and are sometimes unsure of the right direction, but just maybe Michael Zak and his excellent book will help us recalibrate our compass.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anne American on September 11, 2012
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Rather than just giving anecdotal evidence, Zak provides the results of Republican votes, which prove the general consensus at the time. These facts should be spread everywhere. Someone saying so and so said such and such without empirical evidence is nothing. Never trust a liberal, it begins with Li because they lie.

Zonation hasn't put it better: GOP Is Not Racist, Notwithstanding Liberal Lies [...]

The evidence is clear the Democrats voted for slavery while the Republicans fought it all the way.

The KKK was the terrorist wing of the Democrat Party.

Our nation's top historians reveal that the Democratic Party gave us the Ku Klux Klan, Black Codes, Jim Crow Laws and other repressive legislation which resulted in the multitude of murders, lynchings, mutilations, and intimidations (of thousands of black and white Republicans). On the issue of slavery: historians say the Democrats gave their lives to expand it, the Republicans gave their lives to ban it.

American Heritage Video - the Democrat KKK terrorized Republican voters both black and white [...]
of the 4800 they lynched, 1300 were white all were Republican [...]

Democrats fought to expand slavery while Republicans fought to end it.
Democrats passed those discriminatory Black Codes and Jim Crow laws while Republicans fought them.
Democrats supported and passed the Missouri Compromise to protect slavery.
Democrats supported and passed the Kansas Nebraska Act to expand slavery.
Democrats supported and backed the Dred Scott Decision.
Democrats opposed educating blacks and murdered our teachers.
Democrats fought against Republican's anti-lynching laws.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel R. Murphy on July 1, 2009
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Michael Zak's Back to Basics for the Republican Party is an informative and well written book. For those who have little historical knowledge it is a great primer on the history of the party and how that relates to the history of the nation. It contains however many tidbits of information that those well versed in history may not know. Zak makes a powerful case for his assertion that the GOP historically stood for certain principles which in recent decades have been lost for political expediency. A common thread of core beliefs started with the party's early development over the slavery issue and continued on until the later part of the 20th century when some of those common principles appear to have been lost.

Whether your interest is merely to better understand the political history of the United States and the political parties or is to better understand the history of the Republican Party this book is well worth the read. The writing is well done and a page turner. Zak does not pretent do present a totally objective or disinterested history here - he clearly is a fan of the first century of GOP politics and makes no apology for it. The serious student of history must take that into consideration. However his bias does not make the book any less useful, informative or readable.

I heartily recommend this book. It is not the type of book I normally review in my ezine but is worth the effort.

Daniel R. Murphy
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