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Conservative Heroes is a wonderful book for many reasons, not the least of which is its focus on long-forgotten conservatives like Grover Cleveland, Josiah Bailey, and, my favorite, Robert Taft.”  
Fred Barnes, executive editor of the Weekly Standard


“Tucker’s profiles remind us that America’s history is too subtle to force into the framework of modern progressivism. . . . Many readers resent the narrowness standard histories offer. They will welcome Conservative Heroes, which so thoughtfully draws out the full picture.
Amity Shlaes, bestselling author of Coolidge and The Forgotten Man, from the foreword


“His ability to recognize a subject missed by academic historians reserves a special place for Tucker in the pantheon of political authors. Conservative Heroes should be required reading in high schools and colleges.” —National Review Online


Conservative Heroes should serve as a reminder to conservatives of all stripes that they share elements of a vibrant philosophical and intellectual tradition rooted in a belief in the primacy of the individual, liberty, and limited government.” —Washington Times


“A missing history of conservatism . . . A pleasant surprise . . . If younger conservatives discover this helpful and gently subversive book, they might have a fighting chance of encountering a tradition their elders prefer to leave dead and buried.” —The American Conservative

“[A] lucid account of conservative principles and their place in our country’s history. A book of 200 or so pages, crisply written, with a focus on human personalities to hold the general reader’s interest . . . [Tucker] has condensed much reading and reflection into a very accessible account of what American conservatism is, and has done.” —Chronicles

“A valuable contribution to today’s American political discourse. Titled Conservative Heroes, Tucker’s fast-paced narrative . . . tells the important story of the role liberty-minded thinkers and politicians have played at critical points in the nation’s history.” —Carolina Journal

“Tucker hopes to rescue some forgotten figures from the dusty pages of history, such as [Grover] Cleveland, in an effort to remind readers of America’s conservative tradition.” —Charlotte Observer



Praise for Garland S. Tucker III’s High Tide of American Conservatism
 
“Tucker’s book is a perfect guide.” —Wall Street Journal
 
“A splendid contribution . . . A well-researched, well-structured narrative of classic conservative principles in action at the highest levels of politics.” —National Review
 
“A fascinating study . . . Interesting, engaging.” —Weekly Standard
 
“A well-told tale of one of the most extraordinary—and long-forgotten—presidential elections in American history . . . A fascinating account.” —Steve Forbes

About the Author

Garland S. Tucker III is the author of The High Tide of American Conservatism: Davis, Coolidge, and the 1924 Election. He has written for National Review, the Washington Times, and other leading publications, and he is a frequent media guest who has appeared on major radio programs locally and nationally, as well as on television networks such as MSNBC and C-SPAN. Tucker serves as chairman and CEO of Triangle Capital Corporation, a publicly traded specialty finance company located in Raleigh, North Carolina. He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Washington and Lee University and received his MBA from Harvard Business School. A former member of the New York Stock Exchange, Tucker serves on the boards of a number of companies, schools, and charitable organizations.

Amity Shlaes is the author of four New York Times bestsellers: Coolidge, The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, The Forgotten Man (Graphic Edition), and The Greedy Hand: Why Taxes Drive Americans Crazy.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute; 1 edition (June 15, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610171365
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610171366
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tucker always presents his subject completely, from the initial ideology and subsequent alterations. He never covers the changes that occur as the subject modifies former opinions. His presentation particularly of Jefferson, Madison and Calhoun are prime examples of his through research and unbiased approach to the changes these men had regarding limited government.
Tucker reminds us through these heroes of the difference one person can make in our nation. That taking a stand for the foundational principles America was established upon is never wrong. That it requires conviction and thick skin to take this stand.
The book is an easy read, not long and drawn out. Each chapter not only explains the principles each hero stood for but why they believed what they did and acted accordingly to those convictions. He does not hide or mask the changes that took place in Jefferson, Madison or Calhoun once the conservative ideal conflicted with the power or premise they firmly held...be it the Louisiana Purchase, wast with Great Britian or slavery.
Recommend this book for those seeking to find conservative heroes, regardless of Party. The truth is that Tucker paints a picture of conviction and commitment in each person, regardless of their Party affiliation. These heroes placed country above party, freedom and liberty above power and perks.
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The book's purpose of providing a better understanding of conservative thinking was well done. The book lightly touched on figures and events to aid in understanding conservative principles. The work inspired me at times and kept my interests throughout. I rated it four stars for the writing and analysis. Yet because it only lightly touched on the impact of religion it was not provided a fifth star.
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This book illustrates and describes what it means to be an American conservative in the lives and writings of fourteen people. Garland Tucker identifies five concepts of conservative political philosophy. 1. A realistic view of sinful human nature as opposed to the utopian, optimistic view of progressivism. 2. The primary role of government is to establish order and preserve liberty. 3. The scope of government is to be limited, not interventionist. 4. Human rights include property rights. Economic equality is not to be pursued at the expense of others. 5. The social and political life of the country depends on private virtues which are part of the divine order.
Thomas Jefferson and James Madison expounded the view that the Constitution restricts the federal government’s powers. “That government is best which governs least.” Taxation should not take away the bread that is earned by the laborer.
Nathaniel Macon and John Randolph opposed new extensions of federal power and increasing appropriations. Macon wrote: “Almost every bill reported is to take money out of the Treasury. It must be thought by some that a public debt is a public blessing and all who live on the public, no doubt think, the more taxes the better, and that every tax adds to industry; from such I wish to be delivered.”
John C. Calhoun championed moderate taxes, frugality in Government, economy, accountability and a rigid application of the public money to the payment of debt, and to the objects authorized by the Constitution. He was concerned about the despotic power of the majority and the need to preserve liberty for minorities (i.e. the South).
Grover Cleveland promoted economy in moral terms to limit the right of the Government to exact tribute from its citizens.
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A true history lesson for all conservatives to read and support. For our Country to return to real economic and political success for today AND tomorrow, the past experiences and policies of our former conservative leaders should be learned and implemented ASAP. We are a total MESS now (as we were under past Liberal administrations), and it's well past time we (our Country) "open our eyes" on what will acutually work for the citizens of this GREAT NATION.
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Make no mistake...this is about Conservatism in America and 14 men who articulated and defended this position. These men, some well known and others obscure or hardly remembered, are presented as hard core conservatives who are upholding the true spirit of our Constitution.
The author traces the development of conservatism’s basic tenets and shows how these leaders put principle into action in the context of the times, sometimes in the face of significant opposition and adverse popular opinion. .

Although I do not consider myself a hard line conservative, I found the book interesting. I personally found the conservative philosophy presented in this book as enlightening but too rigid and inflexible for my taste. I enjoyed learning about the 14 men and the theoretical positions that they fought for. The book is well written and easy to read. The narrative gives the reader background and context to understand the actions of these men. However, readers looking for a balanced presentation and contrasting positions (like me) will be sadly disappointed. Prospective readers should understand that this is an unabashed defense of hard core conservative doctrine, interesting, informative and thought provoking, but very one sided.
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