The Conservative Soul by Andrew Sullivan
How We Lost It, How to Get It Back

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Today's conservatives support the idea of limited government, but they have increased government's size and power to new heights. They believe in balanced budgets, but they have boosted government spending, debt, and pork to record levels. They believe in national security but launched a reckless, ideological occupation in Iraq that has made us tangibly less safe. They have substituted religion for politics and damaged both.

In The Conservative Soul, one of the nation's leading political commentators makes an impassioned call to rescue conservatism from the excesses of the Republican far right, which has tried to make the GOP the first fundamentally religious party in American history. In this bold and powerful book, Andrew Sullivan makes a provocative, prescient, and heartfelt case for a revived conservatism at peace with the modern world, and dedicated to restraining government and empowering individuals to live rich and fulfilling lives.

 

About Andrew Sullivan

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Andrew Sullivan is a senior editor at The New Republic, where he was editor from 1991-1996; a columnist for Time magazine; and daily writer for www.andresullivan.com, one of the most influential political weblogs. He is the author of Virtually Normal: An Argument About Homosexuality. He holds a B.A. in modern history and modern languages from Oxford University and Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. He lives in Washington D.C., and Providencetown, Massachusetts.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 306 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, History, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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True conservatism recoils from the fundamentalist obsession with virtue and natural law, but embraces a minimalist view of government that allows a maximum of economic and lifestyle liberty.

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The New York Times

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Andrew Sullivan is one of the best bloggers in the world, and for a time his blog was popular with members of the Bush administration.

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And he has been forced to ask himself the question that many conservatives have been forced to ask themselves: If I am a conservative, and I detest many of the things this conservative administration is doing, then what kind of conservative am I and what kind of conservatives are they?

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Daily Kos

Robert Byrd (ex-Klan member) - "nigger" Jesse Jackson - "Hymietown" John McCain - "Gooks" Ron Paul - "The criminals who terrorize our cities -- in riots and on every non-riot day -- are not exclusively young black males, but they largely are.

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Monsters and Critics

Sullivan's The Conservative Soul is an important contribution to the ongoing and bigger debate taking place in the US because he's willing to take on those who aren't taken on by fellow conservatives (enough) ánd because The Conservative Soul provides a solid basis for American traditional conser...

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New York Magazine

Actually, a name comes to mind for the conservative Utopia Sullivan would like to see built.

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New York Magazine

Andrew Sullivan strips conservatism to its core, slicing out the fundamentalism.

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