Blaze Books Review: 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative by Paul Kengor

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Title: 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative

Author: Paul Kengor

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Blazing Fast Review:

Reagan historian Paul Kengor lays out in one simple, short book the fundamental principles that comprised Ronald Reagan’s conservatism. The book is billed as an answer to the question as to what a Reagan conservative truly is, and Kengor’s work concisely and convincingly fits that bill.

[instory-book ISBN=”9780825306990″]

You will probably enjoy this book if…


You are interested in subjects like HISTORY, POLITICS, or FAITH 

This book is valuable for…

– Reagan experts

– Reagan novices (old and young)

– Truth-seeking Republicans and/or progressives

The Hard Sell: Politicians and pundits alike will often claim to be Reagan conservatives or evoke Reagan in justifying their positions on almost any issue. Rarely do they articulate a coherent and consistent vision for what constitutes a Reagan conservative in sum however. Paul Kengor wrote “11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative” to provide the answer in one volume. This book is a welcome addition to any Reagan collection, or political library more broadly in that in clear prose, it provides a guide to the fundamentals of a philosophy premised on freedom and faith, tested through hundreds of years of human experience, providing a political and ideological roadmap for America. Much ink has been spilled on lengthy tomes about Reagan, but Kengor writes the rare book that provides the layman and expert alike with the bedrock principles essential to understanding the man, in a casual and easily readable book. While much of the material will be familiar to those who have studied Reagan, Kengor also sprinkles throughout various anecdotes and statistics that refute common misconceptions about Reagan’s philosophy, successes and failures. As an added bonus, he supplements his work with prescient selected speeches from the Reagan archives that provide a fuller picture of the “Gipper.” In an era reminiscent of the Carter 1970s, Kengor’s book is a timely and valuable read that you can consume in a short trip but spend an entire lifetime digesting.