An Unlikely Conservative by Linda Chavez
The Transformation of an Ex-Liberal [Or How I Became the Most Hated Hispanic in America]

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When President George W. Bush nominated Linda Chavez to be Secretary of Labor in January 2001, most political observers saw it as a nod to the right. Chavez had made her reputation taking on the civil rights establishment, the feminist movement, and the multiculturalists. What few people knew was that this hard-nosed conservative began her career among socialists and labor-union officials, teaching in college affirmative-action programs and writing political propaganda for the Democratic National Committee.In An Unlikely Conservative, Chavez recounts her political journey from the Young People's Socialist League to the Reagan wing of the Republican Party-and the sometimes shocking personal experiences that shaped her views. From excrement-smeared car seats to threats of attacks with bombs and switchblades, she learned quickly that opposing racial quotas and ethnic studies carried a high personal cost. But at its core, hers is the story of a working-class Hispanic girl who overcomes a difficult and painful childhood to become one of America's most prominent political conservatives.

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Linda Chavez, President George W. Bush's original choice for Secretary of Labor and a former union official, is one of the foremost authorities on America's labor unions. She is a Fox News political analyst, a syndicated columnist, and the host of a syndicated talk-radio program. Daniel Gray is a former director of communications for the National Right to Work Committee and has done work for numerous political organizations and candidates. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Published October 2, 2002 by Basic Books. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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She believes in the strict interpretation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits any discrimination, a view that puts her at odds with the preferential treatment afforded through affirmative action: “My own experience suggested that double standards cast a pall on the qualifications of all...

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A seven-city author tour and 20-city radio satellite tour will also help this reach readers of Ann Coulter's Slander and J.C.

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