- Hardcover: 175 pages
- Publisher: Beaufort Books (March 2, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 082530699X
- ISBN-13: 978-0825306990
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- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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No Reagan biographer or scholar knows Ronald Reagan and conservatism like Paul Kengor. If you want to know what's really meant by 'Reagan conservatism, ' Paul Kengor is the guy and this is the book. -- Michael Reagan
Paul Kengor has done a great job and great service capturing the essence of Reagan's economic ideals. As someone involved with Reaganomics, and particularly tax cuts, I am especially pleased with Kengor's treatment of the subject. We need to properly understand what happened under Ronald Reagan in the 1980s--most notably, the enduring value of his tax cuts, which were a cornerstone of Reagan conservatism. This book gets it right. Nicely done. -- Dr. Arthur B. Laffer, the founder and chairman of Laffer Associates, an economic research firm
Dr. Paul Kengor's work on Reagan continues the great president's legacy wish to teach, as well as lead. Kengor's keen analysis of Reagan's conservatism will inform and inspire the next generation of conservative leaders as they take up the mantle of the sacred realities that so inspired the Gipper. Respect for individual, adherence to the virtues of the family, lower taxes and a less burdensome government are the values that Reagan fought for, and the standards that should direct the path of his acolytes that follow. Dr. Kengor has proven he is one of those acolytes who will ensure that the legacy of Reagan never dims. -- Senator Rand Paul, (R-KY)
A clear, concise outline of President Reagan's approach to politics -- and a roadmap to victory for today's conservatives. -- Herb Meyer, Special Assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence and Vice Chairman of the CIA's National Intelligence Council during the Reagan Administration
Ronald Reagan presents the rare combination of forward-looking with a back-to-basics foundation. No one captures Reagan's practice better than Paul Kengor, and his latest effort is an indispensable guide for everyone who wishes to extend the Reagan legacy for the next generation. -- Steven Hayward, author The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Presidents: From Wilson to Obama (Politically Incorrect Guides)
Few writers have studied and written about Ronald Reagan more comprehensively than Dr. Paul Kengor. None offers a clearer view of the personal compass (core beliefs) that guided Reagan the man, the conservative leader and, the most successful President in modern history. In 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative, Kengor spells out the timeless tenets that made Reagan unique in his time, and that can also revive our spirit, enlighten and inspire our people, and restore our purpose to rebuild a strong America for our future. -- Bently Elliott, former director of White House speechwriting under President Reagan
After eight years with Ronald Reagan as his chief speechwriter, I can say without hesitation that Paul Kengor -- far better than most current historians or journalists -- understands the Reagan heart and mind. Mr. Kengor's research is prodigious, his analysis keen and insightful, his writing clear and his work distinguished. His command of the Reagan legacy is incomparable. -- Tony Dolan, chief speechwriter and Special Assistant and Deputy Assistant to President Reagan
It's really a handy volume for the young people who won't read longer ones. Paul Kengor reminds us of the building blocks of successful modern conservatism. He adds and multiplies to bring us back together with Ronald Reagan's basic principles that are unifying for all of us. Paul Kengor reminds us of what ties us together. His discussion of Ronald Reagan's principles will inspire future generations to come together and promote a true conservative future. Kengor is a noted authority on Ronald Reagan. This slim volume distills the principles of Reagan for future generations to learn and apply for rebuilding a free society. -- Ed Feulner, retired President of The Heritage Foundation
There are few historians who are closer students of the Reagan message, his thoughts, his utterances, and his convictions than Paul Kengor. In this primer of Reagan principles, Kengor offers us the heart of the Reagan vision. -- Bill Bennett, Former U.S. Secretary of Education; host of the nationally syndicated radio show Morning in America
What is a Reagan conservative? That's a question that I, as a Reagan conservative and a Reagan biographer, get asked frequently. It's also a question that few self-described conservatives truly understand. And yet, with all the books on Ronald Reagan, this is the first to undertake an answer. Paul Kengor, himself a Reagan conservative, lays out 11 principles of Reagan conservatism. This book couldn't be more timely and more needed as conservatives look desperately for the next generation of genuine Reagan conservatives. -- Craig Shirley, Reagan biographer and New York Times bestselling author
This succinct statement of the PRINCIPLES OF A REAGAN CONSERVATIVE, presented with a highly laudatory preface by Edwin Meese III, is sharp and well conceived. In this season, while we wait and pray for another Reagan, now in a time as dire as when Reagan took office amid domestic and foreign crises of the worst sort, this book will help us sort out the wheat from the chaff. It is not ideological purity that Reagan sought, but fidelity to practical, well-tested and proven principles. So many were against him, derisive and mocking. He smiled at them and continued in his quiet, courageous way, all the while careful never to violate the Eleventh Commandment: Speak ill of no other conservative -- it takes all types. -- Michael Novak, 1994 Templeton Laureate (as the progenitor of a new discipline, the theology of economics)
Paul Kengor has written an elegant primer on what Ronald Reagan believed, how he implemented so much of what he believed, and how it benefited the Republic. Here is essential reading for all who would vote for a better America. -- R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., founder and Editor in Chief of The American Spectator
Writing with admirable clarity and concision, Paul Kengor identifies the bedrock convictions of the greatest Reagan conservative of them all: Ronald Reagan himself. This is an impressive overview of Reagan's political philosophy, which once moved a nation and might do so again, if those who invoke his name truly grasp what he stood for. -- George H. Nash, author of The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945 and other studies of the American Right
About the Author
Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of the college's Center for Vision & Values. Kengor is an internationally recognized authority on Ronald Reagan. Kengor is nationally known for his work on the American presidency. He is part of a select group of presidential scholars to participate in C-SPAN's highly regarded ranking of American presidents. A native of Western PA, Kengor lives in Grove City, PA, with his wife and their seven children.
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The antidote for this wishful-thinking deception is what Paul Kengor has done with this book: continuously remind or tell others what a successful President was like and why. It is an easily-read and referenced illustration of how structured conviction, intellectual depth, well-reasoned policies, compromise and superb negotiating abilities can create leadership that can change the nation and world for the better. More significantly, it demonstrates how such attributes can be applied today to address issues and problems that our current leadership appears utterly incapable of resolving. Reagan's personal character, convictions, and transformational success as president provide a solid example that such challenges are not insoluble with determined, coherent leadership.
Despite the delusions of the Left, the record shows that Reagan was indeed a great president and remains one of the most referenced leaders in our history. In 11 of the last 13 presidential surveys (with only two versions of the left-leaning Sienna College Survey as the exceptions), Reagan is rated anywhere from #6-10. According to the latest Gallup and Quinnepac polls, his approval and favorability ratings are over 78%, with only John F. Kennedy rating higher in the past 50 years and only FDR and Kennedy rating higher in the past 100. Historian James MacGregor Burns (FDR biographer) cites RR as a "near-great" president, while historians that include Douglas Brinkley, Michael Becheloss, Robert Dalleck, Richard Neustadt, Edmund Morris, John Patrick Diggins, Stephen Hayward, Lou Cannon, Richard Reeves and Sean Wilenz (both RR critics) have all written books about Reagan's success and how profoundly influential his legacy remains. Reagan dictated the political and ideological debate as profoundly as Andrew Jackson and the Roosevelts in their times.
The preceding is not a "myth" but a fact. Those who continue to distort such facts are not interested in translating the lessons of history into real solutions unless it comports with their own ideology. They are demagogues whose ideological bigotries pollute the national discourse, leading to bad policies and worse challenges. But they don't care; they just don't want to be wrong. As the last several years have proven, they have been destructively so and our problems deepen because of it. As Kengor's book convincingly relates, there was indeed a president and leader who found a way. Maybe it's time we all understood how he did it.
Paul Kengor presents these unshakable principles that undergirded President Ronald Reagan. These principles of conservatism include:
4. Sanctity and Dignity of Human Life
5. American Exceptionalism
6. The Founders' Wisdom and Vision
7. Lower Taxes
8. Limited Government
9. Peace Through Strength
11. Belief in the Individual
Kengor summarizes each principle and backs his study with a steady diet of Reagan quotes. This is a highly readable and informative book that would be perfect for a high school student or anyone who seeks to learn more about President Ronald Wilson Reagan.
We need a Ronald Reagan again. The US in in bad shape like it was under Jimmy Carter in 1979. President Carter was not a good
leader or inspirational but at least he was a devout Christian and was not a liar or deceiver, which can not be said about our current
"leader", President Obama.
I am a Reagan Conservative. This book articulates well the core principles of that believe system. Upon finishing the text, it makes me long again for a person like Ronald Reagan to emerge once more to lead this nation.
Dr. Stanley E. Toompas, Optometrist
& Author of , "I'm the One the Other Isn't"