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Product Details

  • Paperback: 475 pages
  • Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute; 2nd edition (April 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193223683X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932236835
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #919,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A very serious, smart work of political science.” —Washington Post

“This book is worth taking seriously for several reasons, not least of which is that it is a serious book. . . . Santorum wrestles intelligently, often impressively, with the biggest of big ideas: freedom, virtue, civil society, the Founders’ intentions.” —Jonathan Rauch, National Journal

“In these days when politicians’ pronouncements are mostly the focus-grouped bland hoping to (mis)lead the voting blind, Rick Santorum dares to try to say something that actually matters.” —Maggie Gallagher, nationally syndicated columnist, author

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.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Customer Reviews

Thanks but no thanks, Mr. Santorum.
Gail L. Newbold
Santorum further distinguishes himself with the pronouncement that young women who become pregnant should not get their college degrees (p. 138).
Robin Orlowski
This book is well written and easy to read.

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31 of 42 people found the following review helpful By scrappin g on February 29, 2012
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Before buying this book I read some of the 5 star reviews and more of the 1 star so I was expecting sexism, racism, homophobia and other negative stereo types to be portrayed throughout this book. However, upon reading it I found very little of it. It makes me wonder if the 1 star reviewers actually read the book or just wanted to "hate" on a conservative. Because if they would have read the book they would have at least had to credit Sen. Santorum for having the statistical data to back up his arguements. For instance, in close to 50 years of welfare, we have not moved the poverty line 1 percentage point. In 1975 39% of black children lived in poverty. 1995 41%. Has our methods of caring for the poor helped their situation any? Statistics would tell us not. So why are we afraid of making changes, trying something new? Because we have created a society where we all feel entitled to something. Myself included. But Santorum points out we are a generation that takes what we can now. Votes for the candidate that will best give us our wants and needs. We focus little on the end results or what will happen in the future. We care little about sacrificing for our children and the generation to come. "Let them figure out the finacial mess we are in". We are 13 trillion dollars in debt. Gas his higher than ever. Unemployment has not dropped in the past few years. We are in as many wars. We all want change but are we willing to sacrifice for that change? Of all the political and econmics books I have read, Santorum is the one candidate who comes up with a clear plan to cut government that will be initated during his term. Not proposing things to happen in 2022. Granted there are alot of politician who can give a great speech or who have what some would consider more "Media" appeal, kind of "rock star" persona.Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bob on June 10, 2012
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If you read many of the books written by conservative "stars", you may feel as I did that they're long on promise and short on substance. They typically throw story after story at the reader, in the hope that somewhere in there will be a coherent narrative. Unfortunately, that rarely works and we're left wishing we could get the time back that we invested in reading the book.

Santorum's book "It Takes a Family" is nothing like that. Instead, you will find a coherent, logical foundation for the ideas that Santorum believes will revive our nation. For each of his proposals, he backs it up with examples and statistics (yeah, we all know about those) that illustrate his points very well. He doesn't just say what he believes, but why he believes it. In this age of soulless politicians, it's refreshing to find one who actually has some values and can explain them.

If you want to know what makes Santorum tick, read this book. You may be surprised to find that he's not the wild-eyed lunatic conservative that some in the media would have you believe. Even if you don't agree with him, I think it's a good exercise in political thought.
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104 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Tony on June 6, 2011
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There are two truths I want to point out in regards to this book. The first, if you're conservative you'll love it, the second, if you're liberal, you'll hate it.

If you're in between, please disregard many of the one star rating and the oversimplified reviews that believe Rick Santorum to sexist, etc. His basic premise is this: the ideal family consists of a loving mother and father, and the government should do what it can to support that.

Those who somehow read that Santorum wants all women in the home and not working have not read this book. The chapter they often misquote from actually argues that somewhere along the line our country stopped valuing the women who choose to stay home. He does not attack women who work outside of the home, only rightly glorifies those who are able, and do make the choice to be with their children.

Yes, he is well known as a social conservative. He's taken a few "arrows in the back" because of that, especially for being from the great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a very purplish-blue state. If you don't like conservatism and are as hateful as many of the people who have "reviewed" the book, then either don't read it and don't comment on it, or read it and then make an intelligent and factually-based opinion. For those believing in the conservative movement, consider this a manifesto on what it means to be conservative. Read it. Reread it. See how this man has made the country better, especially through his fight to reform welfare in the nineties.

If you happen to be somewhere in the middle. Maybe economically conservative and socially liberal. Or just unsure of what you really believe is best for this country. Ignore the hateful comments made before me. Ignore what I've written. Read it yourself and decide.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 30, 2012
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It doesn't really matter if you consider yourself a right-winged conservative or a free-thinking liberal; this book remains a very compelling explanation of the family centered conservative position. The author represents a large portion of our American population and, therefore, cannot be lightly dismissed. This is an important book to read at this difficult time in our nation's history. Conservatives will find this book absolutely inspiring and liberals may discover in it a marvelous opportunity to exercise their tolerance for diversity. I'm buying more copies of this book to share with my adult children because of the practical advice the author provides for raising a culturally rich family. I really encourage everyone to read this book.
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