Skip to comments.Can anyone recommend any good republican memoirs?
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
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The two I mentioned are not memoirs, sorry...but well worth reading.
Both Nixon and Henry Kissinger have written very detailed memoirs.
Prince of Darkness by Robert Novak. No holds look into Washington politic.
Triump of Politics. David Stockman.
No worries, non-memoirs are good too.
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.
“Witness” is so a memoir.
True, but not of a Republican.
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.
A friend tells me that Dick Cheney’s book, In My Time, is excellent. (I just got it but haven’t read it yet.)
POLITICS AS A NOBLE CALLING [Hardcover]
F. Clifton White (Author)
Yes, that is so.
Agreed, Cheney’s book was very good, as was Bush’s memoir.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Way the World Works—Jude Wanniski
Three collections of speeches by Calvin Coolidge
Taxation, The People’s Business—Andrew Mellon
“Armey’s Axioms” by Dick Armey.
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)
decision points was great. not to mention selfless. highly recommended.
I liked Clarence Thomas’s book. I’ve also heard that Margaret Thatcher’s books are good (not Republican, but conservative).
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
Goldwater’s first memoir With No Apologies was better than his second. And I can’t remember the name of it either.
Oh, Reagan’s War was awesome!
The Reagan I Knew by W F Buckley
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.
Barry Goldwater - Conscience of a Conservative
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!
Upstream; The Ascendence of American Conservatism
By Al Regnery
>>>ignore the Republican requirement and mention my favorite political memoirs<<<
Churchill’s memoirs and histories are endlessly rewarding.
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).
“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!
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.
Right. No offense intended.
The hollow sound of a book hitting a head isn’t always the book, you know?
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.
Did Calvin Coolidge write one?
The Intercollegiate Studies Institute has a great book club.
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