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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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  • 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: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Five years later:
1. Lost vice presidential campaign
2. Lost re-election
3. Dropped out of speaker race
4. Books remaindered to landfill
5. Ha!!
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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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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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There are some books that are almost more important for what they are than for what their content actually is. `Young Guns' by Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy is one of them. If you have followed the three young Republicans in their ascent to prominence within the ranks of the Republican Party, or if you have read some of their statements, speeches, papers or any other of their public contributions, then the content of the book itself will be quite familiar. It is nevertheless helpful and important to be collected, summarised and contextualised in one book. However, for those who are not familiar with their work, or even their names, reading this book will be thoroughly refreshing and possibly inspiring. That is, if you believe in freedom, free markets, free trade and individualism.

The book is in fact, well written, short, punchy, quick to read, and it exposes the ideas of this new brand of Republican leadership: young, committed, charismatic and devoted to the principles of economic freedom, limited government and the protection of family values. The three constitute the perfect team: as described by Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard, who first `discovered' them and introduced to the public at large in early 2007, one is the leader, Eric Cantor, one is the thinker, Paul Ryan, and one is the strategist, Kevin McCarthy. Of the three Cantor has been so far the most prominent one, being the Republican Whip in the House of Representatives, but this year has seen the rise of Paul Ryan and his agenda to reduce the long term indebtedness of America and solve the entitlement crisis.

Cantor's section of the book is the most comprehensive of the three: it is wide-ranging and touches on most aspects of policy, including foreign policy - though very briefly.
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For a political pitch, and written by three different people at that, this book is well done. I would particularly recommend it for those who have not quite decided which party lever to pull on November 2nd.

The forward by Fred Barnes characterizes the authors as follows: "Cantor the leader, Ryan the thinker, and McCarthy the strategist." The labels are imperfect, e.g., aren't Ryan and McCarthy leaders too, but they seem reasonably apt.

* As Republican Whip in the House, Cantor has risen the highest in the GOP hierarchy at this point, hence the leader label. If his party retakes the House, he is probably in line to be Majority Leader.

* As author of "A Roadmap for America's Future," Ryan has shown himself a thinker for sure. Other members of the party have lauded Ryan's willingness to propose specific steps to address the nation's ruinous fiscal problem, albeit hesitating to endorse his proposals.

* McCarthy travelled all over the country in the 2006 election, while running for Congress (in Kern County, California) for the first time, to see how other Republican candidates were doing - which certainly sounds like strategic thinking.

These "young guns" acknowledge that the Republican Party made many mistakes when last in power, and must convince the public that it has learned from the experience. Political leaders should listen to what people want, not think they know better. Real solutions must be offered to real problems. The government cannot continue to spend more than people are willing to pay in taxes. And in the battle that is raging, as to whether the United States should remain dedicated to equal opportunity versus opting for equal outcomes, this trio and their allies will stand for opportunity.
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