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The Last Best Hope: Restoring Conservatism and America's Promise

The Last Best Hope: Restoring Conservatism and America's Promise
Author: Joe Scarborough
ISBN 13: 9780307463708
ISBN 10: 307463702
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Crown Forum
Publication Date: 2010-10-05
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
List Price: $16.99

In this groundbreaking book, Joe Scarborough tells Republican Party bosses what they don t want to hear, explains why Democrats are making matters so much worse, and then shows leaders of both parties the way forward.

The Last Best Hope draws on the forgotten genius of conservatism to offer a road map for the movement and the country. Delivering a searing indictment of the political leaders who have led us astray, Scarborough inspires conservatives to reclaim their heritage by drawing upon the strength of the movement s rich history. With independent thinking and straight talk, Scarborough explains:

  • How Washington and Wall Street conspired to create the housing bubble that caused America s financial meltdown
  • How the "candidate of change" has not only maintained but accelerated the reckless spending policies that led us to this historic economic collapse
  • How Washington s bailout culture will cripple America s future if left unchecked
  • How Barack Obama s stimulus plan devolved into a socialist spending spree that would make FDR and LBJ shudder
  • And how conservatives need to take a closer look at Ronald Reagan s political career before claiming his great legacy

A fearlessly argued conservative manifesto that brings American conservatism into the twenty-first century, The Last Best Hope is a must-read for all who care about the direction America is heading.

Publishers Weekly

In this disappointingly mundane book, Scarborough, host of MSNBC's Morning Joe, mistakes his skills at showmanship for those of critical analysis. From the Iraq War to the recent financial crisis, his arguments amount to little more than a superficial précis of the current political moment. For most readers, this book will be an ideological retread and an unimaginative slog. Unlike the recent writings of Reihan Salam and Ross Douthat, whose New Majority labored to be a prescriptive way forward for conservatives, Scarborough hardly gets outside of the well-traversed policy debates and received wisdom of Beltway professionals. While he sees his book as a blueprint for a renewed conservative politics, his only stab at unconventional thinking is to advocate a conservative embrace of green politics. For all the book's flaws, it never descends to ad hominem attacks or becomes a platform for gross personal vendettas, nor does it trade in the self-regard of the Olberman or O'Reilly variety, which is to Scarborough's credit. But these qualities are not enough to recommend readers pluck this one from the shelf, or even the bargain bin. (July)

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