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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,049,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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This is another example of political and social discourse presenting the platform of a presidential candidate. Like many books like it, the author and politician focuses on their strengths and avoids describing elements of their platform that could be too easily scrutinized due to their ignorance in the matter. Rick Santorum has a personal interest, strength and experience in debating family and moral values. "It Takes a Family" describes trust in "capital" terms where the family is the bedrock of America's social, cultural, economic, educational and intellectual "capital".

Rick Santorum makes it very clear that his book is an attack on Hilary Clinton's "It Takes a Village". His statements against the village "elders" derides the collectivist and relativist agenda that he concludes is destroying America. It would also be helpful to compare this book to John Kerry's platform agenda where both Kerry and Santorum are all about programs to restore America. However, Kerry's detailed ideas rely on government programs and financing while Santorum places heavy emphasis on citizen duty and non-profit organizations, if still receiving "faith-based" government funding.

Even if John Kerry's agenda was more politically comprehensive, touching even foreign policy and international trade, both Kerry/Clinton and Santorum debate an essential crux in political theory. How does one ensure that liberty and freedom do not beget self-indulgence? From Aristotle to Augustine to Hobbes and now 2016, philosophers have known that liberty without selflessness would be tempted to destructive indulgence. For Santorum, liberty requires duty.
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This is the best book on the family unit as it relates to the whole country; why has the country fallen apart? the family is falling apart... Good common sense read with lots of facts to back up the ideas he communicates.
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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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