Michael Gerson, who worked with George W. Bush on his most inspiring speeches, is considered by many Democrats and Republicans to be the most influential White House speechwriter since the Kennedy administration. He was also more than a speechwriter, he was a trusted insider who helped shape policy.
In Heroic Conservatism Gerson uses his own experiences in the upper tier of the Bush White House to show why America needs a conservatism that is heroic in its aspirations—including "compassionate conservative" proposals to confront global AIDS, combat poverty in America, and promote human rights and dignity abroad—initiatives that Gerson fought for during his time in government.
Gerson has a unique ability to frame complex issues in a way that both challenges and inspires, and in Heroic Conservatism he delivers a new manifesto for the Republican Party and a fascinating memoir of a history-shaping Presidency.
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Michael J. Gerson, former Bush White House speechwriter, is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a regular contributor for Newsweek, and a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post. In addition to his distinguished career as a speechwriter for President George W.Bush, presidential candidate Senator Bob Dole, and Senator Dan Coats, Gerson is also former senior editor for U.S. News and World Report.From AudioFile:
Gerson was chief speechwriter for George W. Bush in the years 1999-2006, and also functioned as a policy advisor. Here he argues that a conservatism aimed solely at shrinking government misses the point: There are some things government does well and some services, notably humanitarian aid, in which government should be heavily engaged. Among these, he cites Bush's often successful efforts to fight the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa. Narrator Alan Nebelthau has little chance to exercise dramatic skills in a book such as this. He rolls the text along in his flat Middle-American baritone, and soon the listener forgets he's there--the sign of an effective reader in the case of well-written nonfiction. D.R.W. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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