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The Heroes Behind the Conservative Movement

We all know about Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan, but who knows about Holmes Tuttle, Henry Regnery, and Antony Fisher? Yet it was devoted conservatives like Tuttle, Regnery, and dozens of others, who paved the way for leaders like Goldwater and Reagan by financing and helping to create a conservative movement of ideas and people. In Funding Fathers, authors Ron Robinson and Nicole Hoplin tell the untold, behind-the-scenes stories of the men and women who made the conservative movement the giant force it is today. In Funding Fathers, you'll learn:

* How a chicken egg smuggler created one of the most influential economic institutes in the world
* How three California businessmen propelled Ronald Reagan into America's political consciousness
* How William F. Buckley Jr. turned a book deal and a $100,000 investment into one of the most influential publications of our time
* How "Spike" Hennessy helped resurrect Hillsdale College
* Why Clarence Manion was the father of The Conscience of a Conservative

Funding Fathers is essential reading for those who want to know the inside story of the conservative movement and learn about its largely unheralded heroes.

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Praise for Funding Fathers

"This indispensable work is a must-read for donors to the Conservative Movement as well as those considering gifts to our cause. Funding Fathers tells the story of how the Conservative Movement really came to be, but more importantly, provides guidance on how to advance the next generation of conservative ideas, as the new Funding Fathers and Mothers."

--75th U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III

"Here is the authoritative account of conservatism's Golden Donors--the men and women of means and vision whose remarkable largesse has made the Conservative Movement the most important political movement in America."

--Dr. Lee Edwards, Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought, The Heritage Foundation

"This unique, insightful book informs us of the many principled "guardian angels" who were the essential wind under the wings of the winning Conservative Movement. The dedication, the courage and character of these patriotic men and women tell the whole story of how many of our shared principles were advanced due to their undaunted, generous leadership. "The future of our Land of Opportunity for all will require similar creative teamwork and unflinching determination to stand strong for Freedom!"

--Virginia governor George Allen

"Funding Fathers reveals the remarkable tale of how a handful of contributions sparked the proliferation of conservative ideas. The success of the Conservative Movement makes this an indispensible guidebook for anyone who seeks to financially advance a cause, whether their gifts are large or small."

--Bestselling author Dinesh D'Souza

"As a fundraiser I have observed that philanthropy usually results from vision and passion. These are wonderful stories about philanthropy in action. That is, people who believe in something and help make their vision become reality through a gift of time and resources."

--William T. Sturtevant, Senior vice president for principal gifts, University of Illinois Foundation

"Ron Robinson and Nicole Hoplin have written the first book of its kind. It is long overdue. It reveals inside information I've never read before of some of the major players of the Conservative Movement. I found the book packed with information--a lot of it never before disclosed. I was at once reminded of how a few individuals and families changed the course of history in this nation--much like our Founding Fathers at this country's birth."

--Jerold Panas, Jerold Panas, Linzy, &Partners, Consultants to Philanthropy

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; First Edition edition (September 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596985623
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596985629
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #710,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book provides numerous inspiring stories about individuals who give of their resources to help improve our country. Some of the stories are truly spine-tingling. Consider the man who emigrated to this country, made a lot of money, and then met Ronald Reagan in the White House. He died at the White House with Reagan standing over him. A tragedy....but the man left millions to an organization that years later...purchased the Reagan Ranch to preserve it and make it available for young people to enjoy and learn about Ronald Reagan. And the organization in question, Young America's Foundation, where the authors work, didn't even know the story until after the ranch had been purchased. I highly recommend this book.
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This book allowed me to connect with the roots of the Conservative Movement, giving me a one-of-a-kind look at how some of my heroes--Ronald Reagan, William F. Buckley, Jr., and Barry Goldwater, to name a few--got their starts, at the great personal sacrifices of the aptly-named "unsung heroes" of the Movement.
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This is the only book of its kind.

For those who follow the Conservative Movement, this book documents those who made prominent conservative success stories possible. We may know about The Conscience of a Conservative, National Review, etc., but who made those possible? It took funds to get those projects started. This book finally gives credit to those individuals.

It is amazing the influence individuals can have when they choose to sacrifice their own personal wealth to advance the Conservative Movement. William Volker and Harold Luhnow created the Volker Fund which sparked a revival of free market ideas. They made possible for someone like Milton Friedman to attend the first meeting of the Mont Pelerin Society which sparked his further interest in free market ideas. They also subsidized the translation of Bastiat's The Law into English among many other projects and initiatives.

This is just one of the amazing stories contained in the book.

For anyone who wants to know who made many of the Conservative Movement's most well-known success stories possible, definitely purchase this book!
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Ron Robinson and Nicole Hoplin have written a fascinating book about the unknown donors that made the conservative movement what it is today. I also enjoyed the introduction which puts today's campaign finance laws in perspective and highlights how the media treat conservative and liberal philanthropists very differently. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of Goldwater, Reagan (it discusses the funding of both), and anyone interested in the history of the Conservative Movement.
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This is the only book of its kind.

For those who follow the Conservative Movement, this book documents those who made prominent conservative success stories possible. We may know about The Conscience of a Conservative, National Review, etc., but who made those possible? It took funds to get those projects started. This book finally gives credit to those individuals.

It is amazing the influence individuals can have when they choose to sacrifice their own personal wealth to advance the Conservative Movement. William Volker and Harold Luhnow created the Volker Fund which sparked a revival of free market ideas. They made possible for someone like Milton Friedman to attend the first meeting of the Mont Pelerin Society which sparked his further interest in free market ideas. They also subsidized the translation of Bastiat's The Law into English among many other projects and initiatives.

This is just one of the amazing stories contained in the book.

For anyone who wants to know who made many of the Conservative Movement's most well-known success stories possible, definitely purchase this book!
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"And before there was Ronald Reagan there was Barry Goldwater, and before there was Barry Goldwater there was National Review, and before there was National Review, there was Bill Buckley with a spark in his mind..." - George Will

So starts Chapter 3 of this interesting book. It's a quick read but chock full of information that makes you think "Gee, I didn't know that!"

I learned that William F. Buckley penned God and Man at Yale based on his experience there during the 1940s. I thought, as do many, that the Liberalism of the Ivy League started in the '60s.

Buckley was also key in the founding of the YAF - Young Americans for Freedom. YAF, in 1974, created the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) dedicated to to the growth of conservative ideas.

I recommend this book to Conservatives and Independents who want to know more about the roots of the Conservatism. I'd also recommend it to Liberals who want to know how the opposition thinks!
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