The Road To Freedom by Arthur Brooks

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11 Critic Reviews

I think that Brooks’ Road to Freedom is especially helpful though philosophical arguments are a hard sell too because they sound so ideological.
-Examiner

Synopsis

Entrepreneurship, personal responsibility, and upward mobility: These traditions are at the heart of the free enterprise system, and have long been central to America’s exceptional culture. In recent years, however, policymakers have dramatically weakened these traditions—by exploding the size of government, propping up their corporate cronies, and trying to reorient our system from rewarding merit to redistributing wealth.

 In The Road to Freedom, American Enterprise Institute President Arthur C. Brooks shows that this trend cannot be reversed through materialistic appeals about the economic efficiency of capitalism. Rather, free enterprise requires a moral defense rooted in the ideals of earned success, equality of opportunity, charity, and basic fairness. Brooks builds this defense and demonstrates how it is central to understanding the major policy issues facing America today.

The future of the free enterprise system has become a central issue in our national debate, and Brooks offers a practical manual for defending it over the coming years. Both a moral manifesto and a prescription for concrete policy changes, The Road to Freedom will help Americans in all walks of life translate the philosophy of free enterprise into action, to restore both our nation’s greatness and our own well-being in the process.

 

About Arthur Brooks

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Arthur C. Brooks is President of the American Enterprise Institute, a public policy think tank in Washington, DC. He is the author of nine books, including The Battle, Gross National Happiness, and Who Really Cares. Until 2009, Brooks was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government Policy at Syracuse University. Previously, Brooks spent twelve years as a professional French hornist with the City Orchestra of Barcelona and other ensembles. He is a native of Seattle and currently lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife Ester and their three children.
 
Published May 8, 2012 by Basic Books. 226 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for The Road To Freedom
All: 11 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Below average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Mar 15 2012

Another restatement of the views associated with neoconservatives, freshening up the packaging but not the substance.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by JAMES GEORGE on May 17 2012

I think that Brooks’ Road to Freedom is especially helpful though philosophical arguments are a hard sell too because they sound so ideological.

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Washington Times

Below average
Reviewed by Nicole Russell on May 11 2012

But I’d be surprised if someone with more progressive politics could get past the first 10 pages... If that’s the case, Mr. Brooks may well be preaching to the choir.

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The Daily Beast

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Reviewed by Noah Kristula-Green on May 17 2012

He also wanted to write a book that can defend the morality of capitalism... Yet its not clear those essays really fit with a book that quickly transitions into a general endorsement of the Paul Ryan plan for America.

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National Review Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Mona Charen on Mar 16 2012

In his new book, Brooks argues that it is part of the American character to value work. “Americans work 50 percent more than the Italians, the French, and even the Germans.”

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Breitbart

Excellent
Reviewed by TONY LEE on May 08 2012

Brooks’ ideas are influencing Republicans, and his book will help many more better make the case for free enterprise.

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The Weekly Standard

Excellent
Reviewed by Matthew Continetti on Jun 18 2012

Read The Road to Freedom for its explication of earned success, its definition of meritocratic fairness, and its moral commitment to using free exchange to improve the lives of the destitute.

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The American Spectator

Excellent
Reviewed by STEPHEN MOORE on Aug 01 2012

If we're so smart, why aren't we winning? I'm still waiting for a good answer, though some clues at least are contained in Arthur C. Brooks' The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise.

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Library of Economics and Liberty

Above average
Reviewed by Bryan Caplan on May 18 2012

...eerily like having a conversation with myself. He never calls himself a libertarian, and certainly never mentions Ayn Rand or Thomas Reid...and if you know my autobiography, that's my position in a nutshell. I'm tempted to say that Arthur Brooks is my imaginary Conservative Missionary, but he's actually better.

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What Would the Founders Think?

Good
Reviewed by Marcia

The Road to Freedom should be required reading for high school and college students, and belongs on the top of everyone’s ‘must read’ list.

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David Forsmark

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Reviewed by David Forsmark on May 17 2012

...in The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise, a timely and important new book, Dr. Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, says defenders of a free economy can — and should — win the fight for free enterprise on the basis of "fairness,"...

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