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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (November 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812996143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812996142
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This concise history of modern Republican politics might just leave you optimistic about the chances that conservatives can govern again. . . . In the world of commentary, we tend to obsess over the quotidian ebbs and flows—assuming that every little bump in the road is a disaster. . . . But there’s something about reading the history that allows one to take a longer view and put things in context. And that’s precisely what this book does very well.”The Daily Caller

The Right Path is the right book at the right time to spark a much-needed conversation about the future of the Republican Party.”—Doris Kearns Goodwin
 
“If you’re interested in the Republican future, you need to read The Right Path. I don’t agree with all of it, but Joe Scarborough has written a book that’s both thought-provoking and fun.”—William Kristol

“Joe Scarborough’s lively, provocative, and instructive history of the modern Republican Party will stir up the GOP—which is exactly what he has in mind. As the Grand Old Party searches for a path to victory, Joe offers some important lessons to be learned.”—Tom Brokaw
 
“Joe Scarborough’s incisive, original, provocative, and well-argued book, deploying American political history both distant and recent, deserves to be widely read, carefully considered, and energetically debated.”—Michael Beschloss
 
“Blending political and cultural history with sharp analysis, Joe Scarborough’s The Right Path is highly readable, timely, and, most important, provocative. This book comes at a crucial time for the Republican Party.”—Craig Shirley

“Joe Scarborough, a good Republican, wants to save the Republicans from themselves. In this provocative, lively, and wise book, he shows the way.”—Evan Thomas

About the Author

Joe Scarborough is one of the hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe and was, from 1995 to 2001, a member of the House of Representatives. His previous book, The Last Best Hope: Restoring Conservatism and America’s Promise, was a New York Times bestseller. He was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

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Former congressman Joe Scarborough (R-Fla.) is the host of MSNBC's Morning Joe, a show Time magazine calls "revolutionary." Along with cohost Mika Brzezinski, Morning Joe features interviews with top newsmakers and in-depth analysis of the day's biggest stories. The New York Times has ranked Morning Joe as one of today's top morning news shows and has praised Joe and Mika's natural repartee and off-the-cuff commentary. The New Yorker has described the show as "appallingly entertaining."

Scarborough was named to the prestigious Time 100 list of the world's most influential people, and Vanity Fair named both Joe and Mika to its 2012 list of top power players.

In addition to his career in television, Scarborough is a two-time New York Times bestselling author. His first work, Rome Wasn't Burnt in a Day, predicted the collapse of the Republican majority and U.S. economy due to his party's reckless spending. His second book, The Last Best Hope: Restoring Conservatism and America's Promise, draws on the forgotten genius of conservatism to offer a road map for the movement and the country.

His new book, The Right Path: From Ike to Reagan, How Republicans Once Mastered Politics--and Can Again, looks back in time to discern how Republicans once dominated American public life. From Eisenhower's refusal to let "the perfect be the enemy of the good" to Reagan's charismatic but resolutely practical genius, Scarborough shows how principled pragmatism, combined with a commitment to core conservative values, led to victory after victory.

Joe served as a member of Congress from 1995 to 2001. While in office, he was a member of the Judiciary, Armed Services, Oversight and National Security committees.

Customer Reviews

I gave up reading it finally after 60% percent of the book.
Golophei
This is a must read for anyone who wants to better understand the American political process.
Michael Ryan
It is a great historical as well as a current game plan for the Republican party.
Donald S. Weagle

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Abe J. Goldsmithh on December 17, 2013
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“In the wake of the Industrial Revolution, an immense gap had opened between the rich and the poor; daily existence had become more difficult for ordinary people, and the middle class felt increasingly squeezed.” The Bully Pulpit” by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Today, in the wake of the technological and informational revolutions, an immense gap has opened between the rich and the poor; daily existence has become more difficult for ordinary people, and the middle class feels increasingly squeezed.
Three-time back bench congressman from Florida and MSNBC host Joe Scarborough has written “The Right Path” that purports to show the way for Scarborough’s Republican Party to regain the White House to follow its conservative agenda.
This agenda calls for a restrained state, greater liberty, social order and strength abroad.
“These key conservative principles most Americans agree with,” Joe Scarborough says without fleshing them out. Campaigning is easy; its governing that’s hard, Joe.
Obviously seeking the second spot on his party’s 2016 Presidential ticket, Scarborough says that the GOP must be committed to limited government, social order and strength abroad. That is it. No more. But, what exactly does that mean today. He does not put meat on the bones of campaign rhetoric.
Fight for core principles of conservatism. Emphasize values most Americans agree with. Okay, spell it out Joe. What are the core principles of conservatism? What values would you emphasize? Why no specifics?
I bought the book with limited expectations for revelation and I was not disappointed.
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful By H. P. on November 12, 2013
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Unlike many books on the modern conservative movement, The Right Path starts not with Goldwater but Eisenhower. The point is obvious. Goldwater is not the gold standard. Rejecting the conventional wisdom in conservative circles that Goldwater’s ill-fated presidential campaign—as disastrous as it was at the time—planted the seeds of a conservative resurgence, Scarborough is more interested in the subsequent more conciliatory Goldwater. By starting with Eisenhower, Scarborough implicitly accepts as a baseline the New Deal and implicitly rejects Calvin Coolidgism (with an explicit dig or two, but notice it’s Coolidge not Harding or Hoover worthy of serving as foil). Scarborough sees the GOP’s strength as “principled realism, not ideological purity. We Republicans have been at our best when we are true to one of the deepest insights of conservatism: that politics, like mankind itself, isn’t perfectible in a fallen universe.” Moderate Republicans and deal-cutting are the heroes, not the villains.

Scarborough has Obamacare’s greatest enemy on his side: math. Although the American people broadly accept what Scarborough (correctly) labels as four key conservative principles—“greater liberty, a relatively restrained state, social order, and strength abroad”—they are not by any means what the rock-ribbed conservative grassroots activist considers true conservatives. The idea that the Republicans only failure is a failure to nominate a sufficiently died-in-the-wool conservative has always been a silly one. But the opposite is also true. Both parties face the same basic problem: nominating a candidate and platform that can spur the base to vote and volunteer while still swaying the center to their side.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Taylor on January 27, 2014
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Very boring book. Thought I'd give it a try since I enjoy "Morning Joe". Was disappointed in the content...WAY too much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Golophei on January 22, 2014
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I am a fan of Joe Scarborough. I think people like him are the conscience of GOPs. I've purchased this book with high expectation of a self critique of past and present, broad vision to a future path book.

Instead, it was a recital of the glory past. He argue why GOP should follow the model of the prime glory past. I gave up reading it finally after 60% percent of the book. Learning from history is important but this is why the GOP has failed and still heading to a bigger failure. This is a party of the past and so does the voter base.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rodolfo Galindo on January 18, 2014
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th books thesis i good, unfortunately it is rushed. However the point is made though the book is a bit repititious. I would love to see a book with this thesis and have fully fleshed out both in historical account and in philosophical thought.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jon R. Churgay on February 7, 2014
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This book is almost 200 pages long & the only strategy for improvement of the Republican Party occurs in the last 30 pages. All the rest is a history of presidential politics from FDR to the present. This is not why I bought the book. Very disappointed
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22 of 33 people found the following review helpful By OhioSeminole on November 13, 2013
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I read the first 4 chapters, and realized what he has written has already been said nothing new. It seem to be written ok. However, the right way almost seemed like duh really. He does try and come off like he is the smartest guy in the room. I got a refund.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carl Voelker on February 4, 2014
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I expected this book to make the case for reorienting the Republican platform back to the policies of Eisenhower. Instead, the author gives weak coverage of Ike's fiscal genius (surpluses in 3 of 8 years) and portrays "trickle-down" economic policy as successful when it has never once produced a balanced budget. This myopia or outright denial of fiscal reality is one of the primary objections to voting Republican. In fact, fiscal success or failure is not even a significant topic in the book except to provide us with recaps of the Reagan rhetoric criticizing Carter's deficits - tiny by comparison to R. R.'s.
Eisenhower's towering success (24% reduction in Debt/GDP) is not explored nor is Reagan's failure (64% increase in Debt/GDP). Clinton's balanced budgets are attributed to Gingrich while no mention is made of the tax increase which preceded the years of surplus - an increase that passed with not one single Republican vote in support. The effects of the Bush tax cuts are also not quantified - cuts made during a war, no less. As long as Republican's deny the role of adequate taxation as necessary evil underpinning our balanced budgets we will continue to see more Mitt Romney platforms calling for 20% across the board tax cuts and repeats of the Reagan, Bush, Bush Obama deficits. The author should have used the book to show how fealty to Eisenhower not Reagan could be the key to universal, rather than niche, popularity for the GOP. Ike's 8 year average approval rating is still the highest ever recorded - 65% vs. Reagan's 53%.
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