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Can anyone recommend any good republican memoirs?
Ennis85

Posted on 01/25/2013 4:07:07 PM PST by Ennis85

Hi, I'm interested in reading about American politics and for a while I've been reading through Henry Kissinger's memoirs. I have to say they're a bloody good read, there are 3 volumes of them and well over a thousand pages each. They're pretty well written, rich in detail and he does defend himself well.

So they made me want to look for more books with regards to republican policy throughout American history,thinking maybe there are some that could rival Kissinger.

So basically I'm asking if anyone can recommend any decent books by republicans. I don't care if they're from the Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan or Bush eras


TOPICS: Books/Literature; Chit/Chat; History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: foreign; gop; policy; republican

1 posted on 01/25/2013 4:07:16 PM PST by Ennis85
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To: Ennis85

“Blacklisted by History”
“Witness”


2 posted on 01/25/2013 4:09:49 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: gorush

The two I mentioned are not memoirs, sorry...but well worth reading.


3 posted on 01/25/2013 4:11:27 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Ennis85

Both Nixon and Henry Kissinger have written very detailed memoirs.


4 posted on 01/25/2013 4:11:48 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Ennis85
Ronald Reagan's autobiography An American Life. Also his Diaries, Douglas Brinkley ed.
5 posted on 01/25/2013 4:15:47 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Ennis85
Grant, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1885–86. ISBN 0-914427-67-9.
6 posted on 01/25/2013 4:16:59 PM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: Ennis85

Prince of Darkness by Robert Novak. No holds look into Washington politic.

Triump of Politics. David Stockman.


7 posted on 01/25/2013 4:19:48 PM PST by Leisler (A trillion+ dollars a year printing fiat script=2% GDP. What happens when it stops. Or doesn't?)
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To: gorush

No worries, non-memoirs are good too.


8 posted on 01/25/2013 4:20:10 PM PST by Ennis85
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To: reg45

If you like Grant, read “Master of War: The Life of General George H. Thomas” by Benson Bobrick. It may change your opinion of both Grant and Sherman.


9 posted on 01/25/2013 4:21:56 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: gorush

“Witness” is so a memoir.


10 posted on 01/25/2013 4:22:43 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: Tublecane

True, but not of a Republican.


11 posted on 01/25/2013 4:23:35 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Ennis85

Are you only interested in Pub politicians? Because one of my favorite books is “Memoirs of a Superfluous Man” by libertarian writer Albert J. Nock if “Our Enemy, the State” fame.

“The Education of Henry Adams,” by Henry Adams (in the third person), grandson and great grandson of the presidents Adams who refers to himself as a “conservative Christian anarchist,” is a genuine classic. As is “The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin,” though I skipped the second half, which turns it into a sorta self-help book.


12 posted on 01/25/2013 4:31:28 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: Ennis85

A friend tells me that Dick Cheney’s book, In My Time, is excellent. (I just got it but haven’t read it yet.)


13 posted on 01/25/2013 4:31:56 PM PST by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: Ennis85

http://www.amazon.com/POLITICS-AS-A-NOBLE-CALLING/dp/0915463644/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_2

POLITICS AS A NOBLE CALLING [Hardcover]
F. Clifton White (Author)


14 posted on 01/25/2013 4:33:24 PM PST by abb
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To: gorush

Yes, that is so.


15 posted on 01/25/2013 4:33:42 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: Fast Moving Angel

Agreed, Cheney’s book was very good, as was Bush’s memoir.


16 posted on 01/25/2013 4:35:48 PM PST by turfmann
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To: Ennis85

If I’m gonna go ahead and ignore the Republican requirement and mention my favorite political memoirs I might as well throw “The Gulag Archipelago” in the mix.


17 posted on 01/25/2013 4:36:33 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: Ennis85
Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family by Condoleezza Rice

I found this book very illuminating about life in the deep south during serious segregation. Dr. Rice writes of her parents and her upbringing, during the same years in which the popular book and movie "The Help" was set.

18 posted on 01/25/2013 4:36:54 PM PST by maica (Welcome to post-rational America.)
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To: Ennis85

Check out Barry Goldwater’s book....I read it years ago and have forgotten the title. That is when I realized I was a conservative.


19 posted on 01/25/2013 4:40:31 PM PST by jch10 (Hey GOP! Only Conservatives get my vote.)
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To: Ennis85

lincoln never wrote a memoir, but there are several collections of his writings that I would highly recommend.

his thinking behind the gettysburg address and his second inaugural are indispensable.


20 posted on 01/25/2013 4:51:00 PM PST by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: Ennis85

The Way the World Works—Jude Wanniski
Three collections of speeches by Calvin Coolidge
Taxation, The People’s Business—Andrew Mellon


21 posted on 01/25/2013 4:51:50 PM PST by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a baby girl's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: Ennis85

“Armey’s Axioms” by Dick Armey.


22 posted on 01/25/2013 4:54:18 PM PST by abclily
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To: Ennis85

I have Ronald Reagan’s greatest speeches Vol I & II. If your new to US politics I suggest you start there. (it on CD as I travel every day)


23 posted on 01/25/2013 5:00:23 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: turfmann

decision points was great. not to mention selfless. highly recommended.


24 posted on 01/25/2013 5:00:35 PM PST by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: Ennis85

I liked Clarence Thomas’s book. I’ve also heard that Margaret Thatcher’s books are good (not Republican, but conservative).

http://www.amazon.com/Margaret-Thatcher/e/B000APFTWE


25 posted on 01/25/2013 5:21:14 PM PST by randita
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To: Ennis85
Reagan's War is one of the clearest, simplest reads about Reagan and what he was fighting. One of the best reads you will find. Can read in a weekend, very well written.
26 posted on 01/25/2013 5:21:33 PM PST by jwsea55
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To: Ennis85

Geez, I would never read anything by Kissinger. I would however, reccommend Nixon’s books. He was a fantastic writer and historian. Skip his memoirs. Too long. His book, In the Arena, which is basically a memoir was great. Also by him, Leaders, detailing all the great statesmen he knew. No More Vietnams was a great history of what really happened in Vietnam. And The Real War, written in 1980 will give you a real picture of what the world was like in the late 1970’s. Reagan used it in his campaign. After reading Nixon’s books, I knew the postwar period backwards and forwards, just because he was part of it from beginning to end.

I’d also reccomend Witness as another poster has. The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge was short but brilliant. And for politics sake, you should read The Conscience of a Conservative and A Choice, not an Echo by Goldwater and Phyllis Schlafley respectively. If you want a full American History, read A History of the American People by Paul Johnson. If you want a ton of background on the conservative movement, then read Before the Storm and the first volume of The Age of Reagan.

That should tide you over for a while, haha


27 posted on 01/25/2013 5:25:16 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: jch10

Goldwater’s first memoir With No Apologies was better than his second. And I can’t remember the name of it either.


28 posted on 01/25/2013 5:27:55 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: jwsea55

Oh, Reagan’s War was awesome!


29 posted on 01/25/2013 5:30:22 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: Ennis85

The Reagan I Knew by W F Buckley


30 posted on 01/25/2013 5:31:14 PM PST by PilotDave (No, really, you just can't make this stuff up!!!)
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To: Ennis85

31 posted on 01/25/2013 5:37:00 PM PST by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: Ennis85

Decision Points. GW Bush. I never thought he was truly conservative enough but this is a great memoir of an important time in America’s history. Of course now he looks like a true conservative compared the current _resident.


32 posted on 01/25/2013 5:39:54 PM PST by Afterguard (Liberals will let you do anything you want, as long as it's mandatory.)
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To: gorush
That didn't take long. Witness was the first book that came to my mind.
33 posted on 01/25/2013 5:49:23 PM PST by DeaconBenjamin (A trillion here, a trillion there, soon you're NOT talking real money)
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To: gorush
That didn't take long. Witness was the first book that came to my mind.
34 posted on 01/25/2013 5:49:41 PM PST by DeaconBenjamin (A trillion here, a trillion there, soon you're NOT talking real money)
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To: Ennis85

Barry Goldwater - Conscience of a Conservative


35 posted on 01/25/2013 6:27:14 PM PST by rickyc
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To: Tublecane

OMG though the book-on-tape version of “The Education of Henry Adams” could be used for enhanced interrogation, don’t you think?

Brilliant man, extraordinary family, in the thick of history—yet stupifyingly dull!


36 posted on 01/25/2013 6:38:01 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: Ennis85

Upstream; The Ascendence of American Conservatism
By Al Regnery


37 posted on 01/25/2013 6:43:00 PM PST by Ouchthatonehurt
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To: Tublecane; Ennis85

>>>ignore the Republican requirement and mention my favorite political memoirs<<<

Churchill’s memoirs and histories are endlessly rewarding.


38 posted on 01/25/2013 6:43:06 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: Ennis85
While not a memoir, Candice Millard's recent Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President about the assasination of President Garfield was an absolute page-turner. Some of the best narrative non-fiction I've ever read.

What a great loss that man was to this country (something very few people even realize, --if they've ever so much as given a minute's thought to James Garfield).

39 posted on 01/25/2013 7:13:32 PM PST by Drew68
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To: Ennis85

“In His Own Hand” by Ronald Reagan
For a detailed memoir of History since the 1960’s by a man who has served as US Congressman, SECDEF (twice) and numerous other posts, try Donald Rumsfeld’s “Known and Unknown”...simply fascinating!


40 posted on 01/25/2013 7:28:26 PM PST by Kaneman (Santorum prevails, come hither and yon...)
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To: Fightin Whitey

I don’t find him dull whatsoever, except insofar as I can’t follow his abstruse attempts to fashion a psuedo-scientific unified field theory of history. He was a master prose stylist, in my opinion. I wish more people were exposed to his novels. His thought I find fascinating and original, aside from the aforementioned theorizing.

Look, for example, in “The Eductlation” where the Civil War is foreshadowed in snowball fights with fellow neighborhood kids. Or his portrait of the half remembered John Quincy, or his description if his sister’s death. Not that I can convince you of its interest by how it affected me, if you didn’t feel it.


41 posted on 01/25/2013 7:37:40 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: Tublecane

Right. No offense intended.

The hollow sound of a book hitting a head isn’t always the book, you know?


42 posted on 01/25/2013 7:46:56 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: Ennis85

Gotta say I really appreciate the feedback I’ve gotten so far. By all means keep them coming. Quite a selection here I must say. I saw the both the Dick Cheney and George Bush ones at my local bookstore a while ago, they’re not there anymore unfortunately. From what little I read from them they seemed pretty good, so I’ll likely those those up sometime in the future.

And thanks for the Ronald Reagan recommendations I have always wanted to find a good book on him.


43 posted on 01/26/2013 7:37:37 AM PST by Ennis85
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To: Ennis85

Did Calvin Coolidge write one?


44 posted on 01/26/2013 7:40:35 AM PST by csmusaret (I will give Obama credit for one thing- he is living proof that familiarity breeds contempt.)
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To: Ennis85

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute has a great book club.

www.isi.org


45 posted on 01/26/2013 4:43:34 PM PST by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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To: Ennis85
Dick Cheney's In My Time was just as the man I remember cancelling the A-12. To the point; no regrets.
46 posted on 01/26/2013 7:07:15 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Fakistan)
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