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Grover Norquist is president of the taxpayer advocacy group Americans for Tax Reform, which was founded in 1985 at President Reagan's request. He chairs the "Wednesday Meeting," a weekly gathering of more than 120 elected officials and political activists, and he serves on the board of directors for both the American Conservative Union and the National Rifle Association. Voted one of the fifty most powerful people in Washington, D.C., by GQ magazine in 2007, Norquist, his wife, Samah, and their daughter, Grace, live in Washington, D.C.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (March 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061133965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061133961
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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By Robert David STEELE Vivas HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 17, 2008
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I was given this book as a gift, along with Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies and to my great surprise, being an estranged moderate Reagan Republican, I found that I am much more of a Libertarian than I realized, and this author, although he causes me great discomfort in some areas (such as privatizing Social Security), he makes complete sense. I learn he has been voted one of the 50 most powerful people in DC by GQ (2007) and I believe it. Senator McCain has better listen this time around. I urge all who are enthused with Senator Obama to read Obama - The Postmodern Coup: Making of a Manchurian Candidate. Senator Obama is NOT transparent and I consider his top foreign policy advisors to be dangerous--Dr. Strangelove (Brzezinski) has one last war with Russia left in him, and seriiousl believes he can confront the Chinese in Africa--this is lunacy (search for my Memorandum online <Chinese Irregular Warfare oss.net>.

The book lacks an index. This is a HUGE MISTAKE on the part of the publisher because there are too many important ideas in this book. The publisher should create and post online an index to this book. The publisher can also be criticized for failing to provide Library of Congress cataloguing information. This is a REFERENCE work. The author should consider holding the publisher accountable for such fundamental incompetencies that detract from the book's lasting value.
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Excellent book. The Mr. Norquist makes a compelling case the the People of the United States will soon choose the "Leave Us Alone" group (Republicans) or the "Takings" group (democrats) - and there will be no going back after that choice is made. He opens up one's eyes to the fact that our individual liberties and money are at peril and we had better choose wisely.

Well written and well researched.
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"Norquist, Grover. Leave Us Alone: Getting the Government's Hands Off Our Money, Our Guns, Our Lives. (New York, HarperCollins, 2008)"

"Since founding Americans for Tax Reform at the behest of Ronald Reagan in 1985, Grover Norquist emerged as a powerful behind the scenes player in Washington. Besides offering a trenchant view of what factions have come together to unite in a common conservative cause politically, this book crystallizes his inclusive view that redefines conservatism broadly as a coalition of Americans that spans across immigrants, Moslems, gun owners, or investors, with one thought in common: they wish to pursue their interests and be left alone to do so."

Grover Norquist's new book, Leave Us Alone: Getting the Government's Hands Off Our Money, Our Guns, Our Lives, is a panoramic view of the many coalitions of the left and the right that are polarized like never before in American politics. The Conservative Economist finds it showcases the exceptional analytic skill of Norquist, who dissects the factions backing each side, reveals some surprising milestones of the modern conservative movement, and identifies needed reforms that would have maximum impact. The Conservative Economist viewpoint, which is strongly influenced by current negative macroeconomic trends, fears for additional gains to be had by Democrats in 2008 as a follow-on to the 2006 election cycle. However, Norquist demonstrates that there is much about which to be hopeful, if not in this cycle then in the next.

To wit, thanks to Ronald Reagan's establishing the IRA, there is now a vital "investor class" possessing 50 million such accounts, and two-thirds of voters own stocks. If one is part of this emerging faction, one's proclivity to vote Republican is vastly greater.
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What a fabulous book! If I disagree with Norquist on anything it is his rough dismissal of social conservative issues towards the end of the book. However, I understand his emphasis on economic issues and their rough correlation with social conservative issues. That is, if you look at all economic conservatives in the Republican party, they will also include almost all of the social conservatives and some of those who are more liberal on social issues. So, we get more voters to help us win our issues with economics. This ignores the reality that for social conservatives, some issues are so vital that sitting home or creating a new party would be better alternatives than letting them slip out of the public debate.

In any case, that is a minor part of this very helpful and interesting book. Norquist lays out his case quite well. He divides the 21 chapters of the book into five parts and build his case line by line and layer upon layer. Part I discusses what he calls the two competing coalitions - the "Leave Us Alone Coalition" and the "Takings Coalition". He carefully avoids the familiar, but too ideologically freighted terms of left-right, or socialist-capitalist. He describes what each of the coalitions is after and what the methods are. You will recognize them right away and notice that one of them uses the Republican Part and the other the Democrat Party. However, it would be a real mistake to associate the parties as being identical with the coalitions. Parties change their issues in a struggle to win, coalitions fight for their purposes and to make their ideas important enough to win elections and hence gain the support of a party.

Part II is covers one hundred pages in eleven chapters examining the political trends for the future.
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