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Defining Conservatism: The Principles That Will Bring Our Country Back Hardcover – February 9, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press (February 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593156014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593156015
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,433,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Bennet
“Jonathan Krohn is a force of nature. Defining Conservatism is a real accomplishment, and it will raise many serious questions, the kind any country that takes politics seriously should raise.”

Newt Gingrich
“Limited government and natural rights, not government expansionism, are the surest way to freedom and prosperity. Krohn reminds Americans young and old of these core principles of conservative philosophy.”

Mike Gallagher, nationally syndicated radio host 
“Any time I am depressed about the state of our country or the future of the modern conservative movement, I consider two words: Jonathan Krohn. If America’s future leadership includes this smart-as-a-whip phenom, we’re going to be just fine.”

Rich Lowry, Editor of National Review
“I am asked all the time about rising young conservatives. Well, here’s one! Jonathan Krohn makes a vigorous defense of our conservative principles.”

About the Author

Jonathan Krohn is a columnist, author, speaker, and political analyst. He previously has been a weekly guest columnist for Human Events. After speaking at the 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference, Jonathan has since spoken at numerous events for the Republican Party, as well as events for conservatives across the country. He has also taken an active role in the Tea Parties, from speaking at the Atlanta Tax Day Tea Party to the Tea Party in Washington, D.C. Jonathan has been featured in political discussions on numerous television shows — The Today Show, ABC World News Tonight, Your World with Neil Cavuto, Fox and Friends, among others — as well as numerous radio shows, including but not limited to The Mike Gallagher Show, Bill Bennett’s Morning in America, and The Mark Levin Show. He has formerly participated in a weekly radio spot with WBAL in Baltimore, Maryland. Jonathan is also a contributing writer for Newt Gingrich’s American Solutions. He currently resides with his family in Georgia.

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Rembrandt Q. Einstein
And I am sorry to say this, but Krohn is obssessively Manichean in his "analysis," a notorious trait of most adolescents simply as a matter of human development.
William Alexander
Written in a clear and lucid style,he makes a great job of backing his statements with good arguments.
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35 of 44 people found the following review helpful By maleman on July 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
When I first saw this kid on TV, I was flabbergasted. He was obviously just mimicking the nonsense he hears on AM radio and FOX news - yet people ate it up. But don't take it from me, take it from 17 Year old Krohn, who has had 3 years to mature since the publishing of this book:

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"a lot of what I said was ideological blather that really wasn't meaningful. It wasn't me thinking. It was just me saying things I had heard so long from people I thought were interesting and just came to believe for some reason, without really understanding it. I understood it enough to talk about it but not really enough to have a conversation about it."

Gay marriage? In favor. Obamacare? "It's a good idea." Who would he vote for (if he could) in November? "Probably Barack Obama." His favorite TV shows? "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report." His favorite magazine? The New Yorker. And, perhaps telling of all, Krohn is enrolling this fall at a college not exactly known for its conservatism: New York University.

"I think I've just matured overall," he added.
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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful By William Alexander on May 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Someone left this book on a table at my local bookshop, and since I had some time to kill, I speed-read through it. This is possible because the font size is slightly larger, the book itself relatively slender, and the prose rambling but not especially difficult to follow. And I was intruigued enough about the author to look him up. He has some speeches on YouTube and has been the subject of the occasional article in a few major publications.

The construction values of the book itself were also far from terrible for a minor press. It should hold up for a while although the boards are awfully thin. It might not "shelve" well in a tight bookcase without developing a spine slope and unaffixed leaves. But. the dust jacket photo is also positively grim, and the photographer and publisher should be embarrassed. But, to the book itself.

First off, kudos to any child of any age who wants to write. This should always be encouraged. And in one of the recent interviews I saw, the young man disdained the current use of inflammatory rheoric in political discourse like "socialist" and "fascist." And this is not at variance with the overall muted tone of the book in spite of its bloated title. Further, his regard for Professor William Bennett is unabashed and admiring. This is evident for reasons I will explain.

My concerns about the author himself are as follows. He is a child actor, literally. Although this is hardly a disqualifier, his speeches as CPAC were, indeed, "hammy" and overly-rehearsed, more recitations of the talking points popular at that time than anything fresh or new. This is not a problem, though. Speeches at such political events are routinely canned to fit the audience.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill Say on August 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Greetings,

Krohn's book needs a sequel!

This young man is obviously very intelligent.

Now how about his 2012 reversal?

Here's from Wikipedia:
In 2012, Krohn confirmed to Politico[15] that he no longer considers himself a conservative, and in fact takes a liberal point of view on many issues, including same-sex marriage and Obamacare. He also says that if he were old enough to vote in the 2012 presidential election, he would vote for Barack Obama.[16] However, he refused to describe himself as liberal, instead rejecting ideological labels entirely.[15] Krohn attributes his change to reading works of philosophers such as Nietzsche and Wittgenstein, and rejected social conservatism first, before rejecting other conservative viewpoints. Krohn stated that he had matured and described his 13-year-old self as "naive".[15]

Bill Say
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By diana coffman on January 20, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Jonathan apparently doesn't believe his own writings, wrote the truth but then he turned to believe a lie. Sorry I ever purchased the book.
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14 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ron Piekaar on March 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Amazing, that a fourteen year old young man not only reads books but actually wrote a book and got it published. Truly amazing, and I applaud him for his extraordinary accomplishment at such a young age. But that's where, in my view, the amazement ends. Those of us who are now past forty, if we can even remember being fourteen, look back on those days and realize how impressionable and ideological we were at that age. Jonathan is apparently no exception. What is exceptional about him and his book, despite the generous use of party line clichés and a few glaring contradictions, is the fact that he is obviously very intelligent, if not gifted, articulate, and that he has strong and well stated opinions about a subject to which few fourteen year olds would give any thought, time or attention. In time, as with most of us as we mature, his blacks and whites will turn to grey and his strong opinions will, hopefully, become tempered with the wisdom that comes from maturity and a growing realization that what he now sees as an obvious and absolute truth is, in reality, only his truth and not necessarily everyone else's. Aside from that, I found his book to be well worth the time it took to read on several levels. First, from a historical standpoint, his may be the only book written by a fourteen year old that I will ever have in my library that has attempted to tackle such a broad and complicated subject and that has done it so well at his age. Second, the young man is obviously a force of nature such as we have seldom seen and I will be very interested to follow his career and to watch him grow and develop.Read more ›
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