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Fighting the Good Fight: A History of the New York Conservative Party Hardcover – May 16, 2002

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  • Hardcover: 434 pages
  • Publisher: St. Augustines Press (May 16, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587312514
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587312519
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,023,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marlin is chairman and COO of The Philadelphia Trust Company, and has served two terms as executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, president of the Port Authority Trans-Hudson Raiway, and President of the Newark Legal Center. In 1993, he ran for mayor of New York on the Conservative Party ticket, and in 1994 served on governor-elect Pataki's transition team. He is the author or editor of The Politician's Guide to Assisted Suicide, Cloning, and Other Current Controversies, The Bond Buyer's Guide to Municipal Bonds, The Quotable G.K. Chesterton, More Quotable Chesterton, The Quotable Fulton Sheen, The Quotable Paul Johnson, The Quotable Ronald Knox, and as general editor of the 46-volume Collected Works of G.K. Chesterton. He has appeared in such periodicals as National Review and The American Enterprise, and in most of New York City's newspapers.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By frankbif on September 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
"Fighting The Good Fight: A History of the New York Conservative Party" is an outstanding account of the New York State Conservative Party which was founded in 1962 as a counterpart to the decades-old Liberal Party. The book is written by George Marlin, a long-time player in Republican Party and Conservative Party circles in New York. Marlin ran for mayor of New York City on the Conservative Party line in 1993 when Rudy Giuliani defeated David Dinkins (he got 1% of the vote).

In New York State, cross-party endorsements are permitted in tabulating election returns: this enables candidates from the two major parties to accumulate additional votes on smaller party lines. This gives parties like the Conservative Party important leverage, since their philosophical strengths can be translated into votes on Election Day that can reward or punish politicians (usually Republican) who veer too far off course. The New York State Conservative Party also holds the distinction of electing one of its own, James Buckley (William's F.'s brother), to the United States Senate in 1970, defeating both the Republican and Democratic nominees in a three-way race. Prior to the formation of the Conservative Party in 1962, both the Democrats AND Republicans running statewide and locally courted the Liberal Party line and endorsement. It was this influence on the GOP by the state Liberal Party and New York's liberal establishment that so infuriated local conservatives, who were fed up with the big spending policies of Nelson Rockefeller and later, John Lindsay.

Marlin's book is a fascinating grassroots look at the Conservative Party from an individual who was one of the young foot soldiers in the late 1960's (you can read about Marlin literally getting "roughed up" while working on William F.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steve Iaco on September 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
While this new work has obvious resonance for persons of a Conservative political persusion, its appeal should transcend the National Review readership.
George Marlin -- best known as the Conservative alternative to Giuliani and Dinkins in 1993 -- presents a fascinating chronicle of the unexpected rise of the Conservative movement in one of the nation's most avowedly liberal states. In the process, he provides an engaging -- albeit uni-dimensional -- history of New York politics over the past 40 years.
Marlin's book -- in concert with other political works on the period -- will help future generations to understand Conservatives' formidable electoral clout in the second half of the 20th Century, even in formerly liberal, urban bastions in the Northeast. A standout work in this genre is Samuel G. Freeman's "The Inheritance," published about six years ago (though regrettably out of print the last time I checked).
I did downgrade Marlin's book by one notch because of a higher-than-acceptable quotient of typographical errors, especially disappointing for a Christian Brothers-educated scholar. (Full disclosure: Marlin and I share a college alma mater.)
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