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The Right Path: From Ike to Reagan, How Republicans Once Mastered Politics--and Can Again Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged

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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


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About the Author

Joe Scarborough is one of the hosts of 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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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (November 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804190313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804190312
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.1 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,635,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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“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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I am a political conservative but regular Morning Joe watcher, because I enjoy the interaction of various political perspectives --even if the table does usually lean slightly to the left. I enjoy Scarborough and found his premise in the book accurate and useful, but it could have been effectively expressed in an extended article rather than in a book-length format. That said, it is a fairly quick read and will find a welcome audience among political junkies!
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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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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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A quick read and nice trip down memory lane for me. If you enjoy politics and the back-and-forth between the democratic and republican parties over the past 50-60 years you will enjoy Scarborough's summary. Some common sense for the republican party thrown in too.
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