Conservative Heroes: Fourteen Leaders Who Shaped America, from Jefferson to Reagan (Hardcover)

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“A wonderful book.”Fred Barnes

“Reserves a special place for Tucker in the pantheon of political authors.”National Review Online

“Many readers resent the narrowness standard histories offer. They will welcome Conservative Heroes, which so thoughtfully draws out the full picture.”Amity Shlaes

“A missing history of conservatism.”The American Conservative

“A very accessible account of what American conservatism is, and has done.”Chronicles

Conservatism in America, as one early-twentieth-century politician said, is “as old as the Republic itself.” But what are its foundational principles, and how did they form the modern conservative movement?

Author Garland S. Tucker III tells the story in this lively look at fourteen champions of conservative thought—some well known, others hardly remembered at all. Taking readers on an exciting tour from the American Founding to the modern era, Tucker traces the development of conservatism’s basic tenets and shows how leaders put principle into action (some more successfully than others).

Conservative Heroes offers brief but penetrating profiles of:

  • The Founders who agreed on the two primary purposes of government—but differed on how best to achieve the balance between them
  • The pair of nineteenth-century congressional leaders who fought to preserve the founding vision of a limited national government
  • The towering statesman whose defense of slavery has obscured his considerable contributions to American constitutional history
  • The last Democratic president to advance conservative principles
  • The president and treasury secretary who together reduced taxes and the size of the federal government—and sparked an economic boom
  • The forgotten leaders, both Democrats, who spearheaded the conservative challenge to FDR’s New Deal
  • The man who revived the GOP as the conservative party
  • The three driving forces behind the ascent of modern conservatism

Here is the story of American conservatism in fourteen lives—a story we need to understand to tackle the challenges we face today.

About the Author


Garland S. Tucker III is the author of The High Tide of American Conservatism: Davis, Coolidge, and the 1924 Election. He has written for National Review, the Washington Times, and other leading publications, and he is a frequent media guest who has appeared on major radio programs locally and nationally, as well as on television networks such as MSNBC and C-SPAN. Tucker serves as chairman and CEO of Triangle Capital Corporation, a publicly traded specialty finance company located in Raleigh, North Carolina. He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Washington and Lee University and received his MBA from Harvard Business School. A former member of the New York Stock Exchange, Tucker serves on the boards of a number of companies, schools, and charitable organizations.

Amity Shlaes is the author of four New York Times bestsellers: Coolidge, The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, The Forgotten Man (Graphic Edition), and The Greedy Hand: Why Taxes Drive Americans Crazy.

Praise For…


Conservative Heroes is a wonderful book for many reasons, not the least of which is its focus on long-forgotten conservatives like Grover Cleveland, Josiah Bailey, and, my favorite, Robert Taft.”  
Fred Barnes, executive editor of the Weekly Standard

“Tucker’s profiles remind us that America’s history is too subtle to force into the framework of modern progressivism. . . . Many readers resent the narrowness standard histories offer. They will welcome Conservative Heroes, which so thoughtfully draws out the full picture.
Amity Shlaes, bestselling author of Coolidge and The Forgotten Man, from the foreword

“His ability to recognize a subject missed by academic historians reserves a special place for Tucker in the pantheon of political authors. Conservative Heroes should be required reading in high schools and colleges.” —National Review Online

Conservative Heroes should serve as a reminder to conservatives of all stripes that they share elements of a vibrant philosophical and intellectual tradition rooted in a belief in the primacy of the individual, liberty, and limited government.” —Washington Times

“A missing history of conservatism . . . A pleasant surprise . . . If younger conservatives discover this helpful and gently subversive book, they might have a fighting chance of encountering a tradition their elders prefer to leave dead and buried.” —The American Conservative

“[A] lucid account of conservative principles and their place in our country’s history. A book of 200 or so pages, crisply written, with a focus on human personalities to hold the general reader’s interest . . . [Tucker] has condensed much reading and reflection into a very accessible account of what American conservatism is, and has done.” —Chronicles

“A valuable contribution to today’s American political discourse. Titled Conservative Heroes, Tucker’s fast-paced narrative . . . tells the important story of the role liberty-minded thinkers and politicians have played at critical points in the nation’s history.” —Carolina Journal

“Tucker hopes to rescue some forgotten figures from the dusty pages of history, such as [Grover] Cleveland, in an effort to remind readers of America’s conservative tradition.” —Charlotte Observer



Praise for Garland S. Tucker III’s High Tide of American Conservatism
 
“Tucker’s book is a perfect guide.” —Wall Street Journal
 
“A splendid contribution . . . A well-researched, well-structured narrative of classic conservative principles in action at the highest levels of politics.” —National Review
 
“A fascinating study . . . Interesting, engaging.” —Weekly Standard
 
“A well-told tale of one of the most extraordinary—and long-forgotten—presidential elections in American history . . . A fascinating account.” —Steve Forbes


Product Details
ISBN: 9781610171366
ISBN-10: 1610171365
Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Publication Date: June 15th, 2015
Pages: 224
Language: English