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I am amazed at the depth and breadth of information, wisdom, and sensitivity. -- Dr. Laura C. Schlessinger Internationally Syndicated Radio Talk Host, Author of The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands

In his book, Rick Santorum combines theory, principle, and practice. . . . -- The Hon. Stephen Goldsmith, former Mayor of Indianapolis, Indiana

Senator Santorum is one of the stalwart defenders of human life and the pro-family cause. . . . -- James C. Dobson, Founder and Chairman, Focus on the Family

Senator Santorum leads the way among elected officials in understanding and appreciating the importance of the family. -- Jennifer Roback Morse, author of 101 Tips for a Happier Marriage

[A] reaffirmation of the moral, spiritual, and ethical characteristics that have blessed America since its founding. -- Jack Templeton, President, John Templeton Foundation

About the Author

Rick Santorum has served in the United States Senate since January 1995, where he has been elected to a second term as Republican Conference Chairman, the party's third ranking leadership position in the Senate. As Conference Chairman, Senator Santorum directs the communications operations of Senate Republicans and is a frequent party spokesman. He is the youngest member of the leadership and the first Pennsylvanian to hold such a prominent position since the 1970s.

While Senator Santorum is proud of his accomplishments as a lawmaker and public servant, he is most proud of his role as a husband and father. Senator Santorum and his wife, Karen Garver Santorum, are the parents of six wonderful children: Elizabeth, John, Daniel, Sarah Maria, Peter, and Patrick.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute; 1 edition (July 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932236295
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932236293
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,346,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Tank on February 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
You can tell that Sen. Santorum wrote this for the conservatives and independants. At times he his aggressive towards liberalism, which according to his principles (which he is entitled to have) he is justified in doing so. He tries to fully explain why he believes what he does.

In order to understand his mindset, you have to try to peel away all the different you've heard about him and read his words. Step out of Twitter, Facebook, Fox News, MSNBC and the news and let him explain himself. Then decide for yourself what you think. For example, there was great controversy about his position on the role of working women. If you read the book, however, you see that he is simply trying to say that stay-at-home motherhood is equally admirable as professional working women. That doesn't sound too hateful to me...but then again, I do lean conservative.

Anyway, this book is a good read for people who want to either:
(a) learn about Sen. Santorum and his base beliefs about society and the role of government. I personally was intrigued by his thoughts on "subsidiarity"...this should be mentioned more
or (b) people who seek to understand what conservatism is about. While his language and choice may upset more liberal-leaning readers, if you can bear through it you will learn there is much that conservatism has to offer beyond rhetoric.

It would be interesting to do a comparative study between this book and Hilary Clinton's work "It Takes a Village" may provide some insight as to why liberals and conservative never seem to agree on anything.
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37 of 58 people found the following review helpful By R. Olson on July 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was skeptical once I decided to read this book whether a political twist would overtake everything he had to say. Often times it did, but he was pretty good in most cases with providing substantial evidence for his arguments. And I have to say that as I read on, it went from meh... to pretty good... to this is a great book that I hope everyone who wants the best for their kids and family will read! I especially agree with his perspectives on family responsibility, morals, and education. There is a noticeable degradation in society through what Senator Santorum calls "No-Fault Freedom". Anyone who refuses to notice this is kidding themselves out of selfish motives and desires.

While it does pick on Hillary Clinton quite often, he makes GREAT counter-arguments for so many fundamental concerns of society and government. He addresses purpose of humanity and purpose of government. And it makes sense. He provides great substance for those that are compassionate conservatives and those that are not to stand up for objective truth and moral goodness. I challenge any naysayers to soundoff in reply to my review on any topics you disagree with and why. What makes this great, is that fact that the book encourages this, as we all should, and also provides explanation as to how and why and in what regard we all share a common desire/goal for good in society. How we view getting to that common thread is different in many cases, however, and examination of these differences with discussion can hopefully provide a common resolve beneficial to society in the most effective and efficient manner. I for one am glad to have someone with such a drive for moral responsibility representing the people... the people who are so often collectively suppressed by the liberal movement for no. good. or substantial. reason.

Thank you Senator Santorum for summarizing all these family issues together in a context that can be relevant to all. I salute your integrity and efforts.
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121 of 189 people found the following review helpful By Rachel N. Slaybaugh on August 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book does not seem to have a target audience. You will like this book if you already agree with Rick Santorum. However, if you already agree with him, his book is not really accomplishing anything. If you are moderate, you will probably be too put off by some of his statements to be able to sift through the book and find the reasonable ideas. If you are liberal, you will probably throw the book across the room. Santorum basically insults and demeans people who do not agree with him, so if you are going into this book trying to get the other perspective, you will probably just be insulted.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leon Czikowsky on December 8, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Much of this book falls into philosophical name calling of political beliefs. These conservative views that are not defended on grounds of empirical evidence, although conservatives would defend these views on faith. This book argues that liberalism has infested the news media, the entertainment media, and the shapers of educational policy and, in doing so, has destroyed our societal structure and made the middle class and lower class less off, and that it will be strong families that will be needed to save our society.

The book ignores that Democrats argue their policies can create strong families: policies such as family and medical leave that allow working parents to spend more time with their children, minimum wage increases that will allow many families to even fight rising above the poverty level, and protecting labor benefits, particular health care benefits, that will allow families, even high income families, survive devastatingly high health care costs. Few will, and no one should, argue that strong families are not important. Yet, strong families do not occur, as Santorum and conservatives think, by hoping they miraculously emerge. Santorum rejects the economic policies advanced usually by Democrats that will create the economic conditions for families to thrive. Instead, the "tax and spend" Republicans think that throwing a little bit of money towards the issue is the solution. This book heralds spending $300 million on a public education campaign boosting marriage . I fear it is simplistic to think that will solve society's problems.
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