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''...As Garland S. Tucker III makes clear in this fascinating study...[this] election was the last time the presidential nominees of the two parties could both be described as conservatives...but since the Democratic party after 1924 was unreservedly the part of the left in the United States, this election may fairly be described, as Mr. Tucker does, as the 'high tide of American conservatism.'''
--Philip Terzian, The Weekly Standard
''As a pollster, who has for many years studied the shifting tides in political thought in the nation, I found Garland Tucker's book to be enormously helpful in shedding new light on the 1924 Davis/Coolidge presidential race and to its underlying meaning and significance.''
--George Gallup, historian and author
''Well-told tale of one of the most extraordinary and long forgotten Presidential elections in American history. The major party nominees in the 1924 contest were both genuine conservatives. Their conservatism was not skin-deep but rather well thought out and articulated with compelling eloquence. But after 1924 the Democrats irrevocably became the party of the Left while Republicans eventually became the party of conservatism. Those dismayed by American politics today will find solace and perhaps inspiration in reading of this election. Author Tucker has written a fascinating account of a contest we won't likely see replicated again.''
--Steve Forbes, Chairman & CEO of Forbes Media
''With The High Tide of American Conservatism, Garland Tucker has made a splendid contribution to this recovery work. Here is a well-researched, well-structured narrative of classic conservative principles in action at the highest levels of politics. Along the way we get thoughtful pen-portraits of two great American gentlemen, men of the highest honor and integrity, both of whom believed, in the words of Coolidge, that 'unless there abides in [the people] the spirit of industry and thrift, of sacrifice and self-denial, of courage and enterprise, and a belief in the reality of truth and justice, all the efforts of the Government will be in vain.''' --
John Derbyshire, National Review
''Many conservatives believe the summit of their beliefs began and ended with the sainted Reagan. Not true. As Garland S. Tucker III shows in The High Tide of American Conservatism,' in 1924 both presidential candidates, Calvin Coolidge and John Davis, campaigned for limited government, reduced taxes and low tariffs. The Republican Coolidge won in a landslide, in part because the Democrats were in the process of disowning a relatively conservative tradition dating back 40 years in favor of the new progressive politics of Franklin Roosevelt. Coolidge, arguably our least-known good president, served two terms that coincided with strong economic growth enabled in part by steep, across-the-board tax cuts. In the decades that followed, liberal historians tried, with success, to discredit and bury the economic conservatism of the 1920s. The concerns of this important period largely disappeared from the political conversation. But now they're back, thanks to the tea-party movement. Anyone seeking clarity about what's at stake in the run-up to 2012 needs to know what happened to our politics in 1924. It wasn't complicated, it was very exciting and it worked. And Garland S. Tucker III's book is a perfect guide.'' --
Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal
Well-told tale of one of the most extraordinary and long forgotten Presidential elections in American history. The major party nominees in the 1924 contest were both genuine conservatives. Their conservatism was not skin-deep but rather well thought out and articulated with compelling eloquence. But after 1924 the Democrats irrevocably became the party of the Left while Republicans eventually became the party of conservatism. Those dismayed by American politics today will find solace and perhaps inspiration in reading of this election. Author Tucker has written a fascinating account of a contest we won t likely see replicated again. --Steve Forbes, Chairman & CEO of Forbes Media
Next, the author gives a detailed and fascinating short history of each candidate and the campaign.
This is very well written account of a period, if not neglected, not as often written about compared to other periods in American history - the 1920s.
Easy to read and thoroughly enjoyable, I would recommend this book without any hesitation to anyone interested in the future of America.
Excellent book! I could not put down, the reading was interesting and learned so much about the politics and people of that time. I could see why this book got the title. Read morePublished 5 months ago by StayFreeUSA
The presidential election of 1924 is notable for the fact that it was the last time that both major parties nominated conservatives for president. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Andrew Collins
Mr. Tucker provides great color to a period dominated by coverage of World War I, League of Nations, Crash of 1929, and FDR's New Deal. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Irv Caesar
Highly recommended for all that are interested in American political history, especially for a largely overlooked and forgotten election. I greatly enjoyed reading it.Published on March 22, 2012 by James Crabtree
Did you ever wonder how we got into the mess we are in now? In many ways this book is an antecedent to Amity Shlaes' equally excellent "The Forgotten Man. Read morePublished on March 8, 2012 by Amazon Customer
The primary problem with this book is the author's unstated contention that politics is about ideas. Any child knows that it is about the getting and keeping of power. Read morePublished on November 2, 2011 by M. A Newman
The tone of this book is informative and friendly, written by a nonprofessional historian who seems to be genuinely intrigued by one of the United States' lesser-known and... Read morePublished on September 11, 2011 by Thomas J. Burns
This is a very detailed and high quality history of the election of 1924. President Coolidge is not credited enough with being the first true conservative President. Read morePublished on July 31, 2011 by Carlos Rodriguez
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys political history. While I believe it is more like an intro book to the 1924 election instead of an in-depth analysis, it is a good... Read morePublished on January 4, 2011 by Campbelldropout