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A National Party No More: The Conscience of a Conservative Democrat Hardcover – October 1, 2003


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Stroud & Hall Publishers; English Language edition (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974537616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974537610
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,037,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Zell Miller began his career in public service in 1959 with a term as mayor of Young Harris, Georgia. In 1960, he was elected to the Georgia Senate at the age of 28. In 1974, he won the first of four consecutive terms as Georgia’s lieutenant governor. Then in 1990, Miller ran for governor and won the first of two terms he would serve as the state’s top leader.

Miller’s HOPE Scholarship program was dubbed by the Los Angeles Times as "the most far-reaching scholarship program in the nation.’’ His pre-kindergarten program won an award for innovation from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

After leaving the governor’s office in 1999, Miller taught at Emory University and at his alma maters, the University of Georgia and Young Harris College. Five books have been written by Miller, including "Corps Values: Everything You Need To Know I Learned in the Marines." He also served on several corporate boards before joining the Senate, where he now serves.

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And so, Mr. Miller went to Washington. I wish I could say the experience has been like Jimmy Stewart’s in ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.’ I wish I could say that I found Washington all I had ever dreamed it to be, the place where the great issues of the day are debated and solved, and great giants walk those hallowed halls. I so wanted Robert Louis Stevenson to be wrong when he wrote, "It is better to travel hopefully than to arrive."

Unfortunately, what I discovered in Washington was truth, and truth did not set me free. It simply made me mad. It filled me with anger on behalf of Americans. You might still ask why I would want to take my own party to the woodshed. The answer is simple: My conscience made me do it.


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68 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Reid on November 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a phenomenal book.
Senator Miller tries to change the party he loves, making the admonishments he's been issuing privately for years, public for the world to read.
Miller has been accused by many as a political opportunist, however, these charges are easily dismissed when one considers the period of time during the party switch of Jim Jeffords from Vermont. When Mr. Jeffords flipped to the Democrat party, control of the Senate tipped toward the Democrats as well. As one can imagine, with so much power in the balance, the Republicans made overtures to several conservative Democrat Senators, Miller included. The offers were substantial. Miller stayed with his party. As he continues to to this day.
To this reviewer, Senator Miller's book is a sincere plea to his party to wake up. Miller sees his party's values, the values of FDR, JFK, Scoop Jackson, etc., over-run by special interests of the narrowest appeal. From Miller's vantage point, the Democrats reckless pursuit of power at any price has left them beholden to a strange patchwork of often competing interests--and that somewhere along the way they've lost their soul.
It's a great read--and Zell is a national treasure. If you follow politics and/or government, (And DNC Chairman, Terry McCauliffe's Review 2 or 3 reviews below not withstanding...) I think you'll enjoy this book. And if you've never read a political book in your life, this would be a great first.
I'd give it 5 1/2 stars if I could...
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127 of 155 people found the following review helpful By The General Skeptic on November 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I'm not sure why others are trying to paint Zell as "a wolf in sheeps clothing." Miller has been extremely consistent in his viewpoint for over 40 years. Attacks on his character based on the concept of him "changing his stripes" are baseless and are a sign of a person who has no clue about Miller's history.
I suggest anyone who thinks Miller has changed his values read "Crops Values" and Listen to His Words (a collection of Miller's speeches). It is not Miller who has changed, it is the Democratic party that has changed, and probably for the worse.
Apparently, disagreeing with the Democratic Party makes you into a "liar" by default. This makes perfect sense since the Democrats -never- lie.
This is a fabulous book for anyone who's been a Democrat but has felt that there is something wrong with the party. Miller is one of the last real Democrats left. He believes in a core set of principles and doesn't change them based on what is expedient for his party. This is a real American folks, someone we can all be proud of, full of integrity even if you disagree with his views. And this book is a fabulous testament to his clarity of thought and strength of character.
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136 of 168 people found the following review helpful By Karen Grauert on May 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As a book, it is well written, and put together nicely. I enjoyed it as an easy, entertaining read, and yet thought provoking. Many negative reviews you will see is because the reader did not agree with the ideals of this book.
The book addresses something I noticed on this forum for reviews...liberals are all for freedom of speech until it contradicts what they believe. If you do not believe what they do, you are small minded, and ignorant. You are told to Shut-up and Go Home.
I found so many topics in this book, something liberals should be up in arms about. I am surprised that they are addressed in this book, and nowhere else!
Equal rights not only for women but men! THERE is an idea! How minority groups keep themselves out of prime time television. Why are our gas prices sky rocketing when we have a fuel store that would supply us with 16% of our fuel in a place that cannot be enjoyed by anyone anyway?
Look at these reviews and see if any of the negative ones actually address how the book was written, topics covered, and not their OWN personal opinion.
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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Abbott on November 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
As a former Marine and life long Republican I have often sworn never to vote for a Democrat. If Zell were to run I would eat those words. He is a Marine, he is an American Patriot, and he has a deep conviction of right and wrong. These Fine Qualities are looked upon with distain by today's Democrat Party and therefore alienate me as a voter. He addresses the dislike of anything not "pure to the Democrat way of "thinking" and of the Democrat party of tolerance for only that which they find tolerable. Zell Miller expresses the true meaning of "Semper Fidelis" Always Faithful. Faithful to his Convictions, Faithful to his Constituents, And Faithful to His Country. God, Country, Corps-Simple philosophies often Result in great men.
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271 of 340 people found the following review helpful By S. Bridges on November 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The shrill criticisms of this book speak volumes about how very credible is Zell Miller's analysis. Yes, Zell is a conservative Democrat. This is a result, not in spite of, his Southern heritage. The country should mourn his political passing and hope that men of such high character will succeed him in all levels of political office.
In this book, Zell is arguing against the vapid blather that is dominating the current Democratic political discourse. A result of which is Liberal politics' transformation into a game of gotcha rather than representative government. The Democrats are heading toward a major stand-off with the American people, and may meet the Whig's in the trash heap of history.
Zell's leadership, heart, and compassion will be sorely missed here in the heart of Dixie. Unfortunately for the party, the Democrat's will not miss him but instead hasten his departure.
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