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About the Author

CONGRESSMAN ERIC CANTOR (Virginia) is the Republican Whip who holds a seat on the House Ways and Means Committee and serves as chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare. He chairs the House Economic Recovery Working Group, which developed the Republican alternative to the president’s stimulus package and crafted a range of solutions to get families and small-business people back to work. 

CONGRESSMAN PAUL RYAN (Wisconsin) is a sixth-term congressman, the ranking member of the House Budget Committee, and a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

CONGRESSMAN KEVIN MCCARTHY (California), a two-term congressman and House Chief Deputy Republican Whip, was named one of the GOP’s “most persuasive, compelling members” by Newsweek. He is charged with recruiting fresh-thinking Republican candidates for upcoming elections and leads the Republican legislative effort to put forth a new governing agenda.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451607342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451607345
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #589,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric Cantor is a results-oriented leader in Congress who is committed to helping solve problems for America's families. He has developed a broad range of innovative solutions to promote free markets, economic growth, job creation and national security.

Representing Virginia's 7th District, Eric has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2001. In the wake of the 2010 midterm elections, Eric was elected by his colleagues in the House to serve as the Majority Leader for the 112th Congress.

In Congress, Eric has earned a reputation as a strategic thinker and ideas-driven conservative. The Weekly Standard featured him as an emerging leader among an impressive group of "Young Guns of the House GOP." Congressional Quarterly has described him as "the GOP's communicator, rainmaker and consensus builder."

A former small businessman, Eric has emerged as a leading voice on the economy and job creation. His commentary is often featured in publications focusing on a wide range of issues including economic matters, health care and foreign policy. A proponent of a strong national defense, Eric formerly chaired the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare and remains committed to providing our nation's military and intelligence communities with the resources they need to keep the homeland safe.

In Congress, Eric has worked to lower taxes, eliminate excessive regulation, strengthen small businesses, and encourage entrepreneurship. He was the chief sponsor of a 2006 bill to make permanent the slashed individual income tax rates for capital gains and dividends, rewarding entrepreneurs, retirees and investors with the ability to create more opportunity for their families and jobs for our communities. He has long been a key player in health care, fighting for greater choice for families. He authored the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, which made it easier for families to save for their health care needs through Health Savings Accounts. The legislation became law in late 2006.

As Minority Whip, Eric assembled a highly effective and energetic Republican whip team that served as the nerve center of the Republican Conference. In early 2009, the whip team coordinated the effort in which no Republicans voted for the nearly $1 trillion stimulus bill.

During the lead-up to the stimulus vote, then-Minority Leader John Boehner tapped Eric to head up the Republican Economic Solutions Group that produced the Republican alternative economic plan which would have created twice the jobs at half the cost of the stimulus bill signed into law. The group continued to develop and produce responsible solutions to a broad range of challenges, offering a window into GOP leadership in the 112th Congress. In December 2009, the group offered President Obama a no-cost jobs plan.

Eric also co-authored the New York Times best-selling book, Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders, with Rep. Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Paul Ryan.

Eric is a lifelong resident of the Richmond area, where he got his start in politics as a driver for his predecessor Congressman Tom Bliley. Eric received his undergraduate degree from The George Washington University, his law degree from The College of William and Mary, and his master's degree from Columbia University in New York.

Eric and his wife, Diana, reside in Richmond, Virginia. They have three children: Evan, a recent graduate of The University of Virginia; Jenna, a junior at the University of Michigan; and Michael, in his first year at The University of Virginia.

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64 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Ira E. Stoll VINE VOICE on September 14, 2010
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The latest entry in the season of political books took three authors to craft and begins with a foreword by yet a fourth. Yet Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders, by Republican Congressmen Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy, for the most part manages to avoid the perils of group authorship and to succeed in concisely conveying a sense of what these three men are up to.

The foreword by the Weekly Standard's Fred Barnes calls Mr. Ryan "the most influential Republican thinker in Congress." Mr. Barnes predicts that Mr. Cantor "will be speaker or majority leader the next time Republicans control the House," while Mr. Ryan "will be in line to become chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee."

The book proceeds to a "roundtable discussion" among the three authors, with Mr. Ryan charging that the Democrats have a "hardcore-left agenda," of wanting "to transform this country into a cradle-to-grave European social welfare state and change the idea of America forever."

The authors, who, after the initial roundtable, handle the rest of the book in three separate chunks each attributed to a single author, are not afraid to criticize their fellow Republicans. "We've seen Republicans who claim to believe in limited government spend the taxpayers' money like teenagers with their parents' credit card," Mr. Cantor writes. Republicans, he writes, "became what they had campaigned against: arrogant and out of touch."

At times, though, they blame Democrats when the fault belongs to both parties. Mr. Cantor writes, "Then the Democrats got into the auto business. Instead of allowing its union cronies and corporate CEOs to be held accountable for their poor decisions, they made the taxpayers accountable by buying Chrysler and General Motors.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Common Sense on December 30, 2010
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The book is an easy read, and I especially liked Eric Cantor's section. The 'but" part of my review is that I was hoping that they would get away from some of the name calling and paranoia about the "evil democrats" and Nancy Pelosi, and just lay out some solid conservative principles to move the country forward
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AMDGJMJ on November 15, 2010
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Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy are three bright lights among the conservative congressmen who are assuming important positions in the coming 2011-2012 legislative year and beyond. This book is a concise manifesto of what our young conservative political leaders in Congress can and should do to correct and re-direct the course of government. Every citizen concerned about the direction of our nation should read this book. I hope the opinion makers in our national mainstream media and academia give these guys an honest, serious chance, especially since our nation stands on the brink of disaster with regards to bloated federal spending and huge un-funded programs such as Social Security and Medicare ready to detonate like a nuclear bomb affecting every American's future. I highly recommend this book to everyone, young and old.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By jim the truth seeker on September 15, 2010
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This book by three prominent GOP leaders in the House of Representatives (Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy) is neither "irrational" or hostile. Rather, it is a forthright and bold statement of the guiding conservative principles of young reformist members of the GOP House Caucus. These "Young Guns" have identified prospective candidates for Congress who share their vision and their values and have supported their bid for office. Several were elected in 2008 despite the anti-GOP tide. Those who were elected include Lynn Jenkins from Kansas, Erik Paulsen from Minnesota, and Aaron Schock from Illinois. More "Young Guns" candidates for Congress are running in 2010, including Sean Duffy from Wisconsin, Cory Gardner from Colorado, Charles Djou from Hawaii, Martha Roby from Alabama, and Adam Kinzinger from Illinois. The aim of the "Young Guns" Republicans is to focus the House GOP caucus on the conservative values of limited government, low taxes, and expansion of economic opportunities. At the same time the focus is on generating new ideas that will make limited government work better for the public, close contact with the electorate and their concerns and needs, and on avoiding the corruption of the Washington system of the recent past. Any person wanting to understand the reasoning and motivations of the reformist wing of the House Republican caucus will profit from reading this book.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Seaotter on February 11, 2011
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"Young Guns," by Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy is a well written, enjoyable, encouraging book by three representatives to Congress who have the ideals of the men who revolted against British tyranny in 1776. There are fighting for those same principles of limited government, states and individual rights, and wise financial policies. They are working toward reformation of the Social Security System, wise and way less expensive health care reform, tax reform and much more. Like our nation's founders they want a return to the moral principles set forth in the Constitution that this country was founded upon. We need these three authors and the other young guns in Congress they write about to support a truly conservative agenda that upholds the values of the majority of the American people. Americans, through such avenues as the town hall meetings and Tea Parties have been making their dissatisfaction with Washington's policies clear and unlike the socialist liberal Democrats the young gun Republicans are listening and responsive to the people's desires. They are in Congress to serve the American people and not the other way around. I highly recommend this excellent book.
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