Skip to comments.The Right Stuff: A review of "American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia"
Posted on 11/10/2006 4:59:18 PM PST by Stoat
Hmmm... it may be a very important book in the time where people ask GOP to be a conservative again...
Agreed...I think that we are in a time when much of the Republican leadership as well as a frighteningly large section of the voting public needs to be reminded of what Conservatism actually is, and a reference work that helps in pinpointing key events, dates and people sounds like it might be a big help in doing so.
I fear, however, that the usual juvenile bookstore staff tricks of hiding Conservative books in the "Children's Fiction" section or not even unpacking them at all will be employed against this work, and so people who hear about it online or on the radio will most likely be the only ones who will even be able to know it's available.
"Reference" books in general usually aren't huge sellers as I recall anyway, and so I'm very hopeful that everyone who sees this thread and thinks the book might be useful will tell all of their friends about it.
I don't expect to see it on the NYT or Amazon bestseller lists, unfortunately.
"This open-armed attitude toward presenting a conservative omnium gatherum not only helps to balance the somewhat indiscriminate standards mentioned earlier, it also bespeaks a laudable spirit of cordialityvindicating the editors' claim to have sought out and welcomed "the strong opinions that often are on display, which they believe has made for a more interesting volume than would have been the case had contributors been forced into the iron cage of a supposed neutrality."
On the Civil War:
"This is taking the spirit of inclusiveness too far: to imply that each of these terms is an equally legitimate viewpoint within current conservative thoughtmerely a matter of preferenceis not "encyclopedic" thoroughness; it is an effort to re-certify perhaps the most egregious case of revisionism in American history."
"Lest the reader think I am inferring too much, consider how later in this entry Frohnen does not merely mute the opinions of those who dissent from the extreme traditionalist interpretationas he often does in other entriesbut misrepresents them:"
Furthermore, Amazon reviewer Larry Arnhart, who identifies himself as being involved with the production of the book as well as being the author of five articles in it, states:
"It stresses the intellectual or academic side of conservatism as dominated by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (the publisher of the book) and NATIONAL REVIEW. It gives almost no attention to the most populist elements of the conservative movement."
"I understand, however, that the editors of this enclyclopedia want to make the history of American conservatism intellectually respectable by concentrating on the more purely academic levels of the movement. "
Amazon reviewer R. Setliff writes:
"However, as this encyclopedia makes clear, the diversity of the movement is its strength, and the ensuing debates between its varied elements, has contributed to the advancement of the nation."
I'm hoping that you won't allow the inclusion of two extreme and disreputable authors out of the many, many great ones to cause you to turn away entirely from the book without reading it....sometimes, separating the wheat from the chaff is half the fun :-)
Well, you're much further along than myself. The first time that I learned of the book was today, when I stumbled across the Claremont review quite by accident, and thought that others might be interested in it as well. I will probably buy it, as it's available used from Amazon for only $11.
I have terrible handwriting also....I think that it can be easily confused with that of severe head trauma or mental patients :-) Thank Goodness for word processors....they make it possible for me to appear halfway coherent, although they prevent me from developing a more refined handwriting....I often look at our Founding documents and marvel at the beauty of the script, as well as the timeless beauty and truths of the words.
I haven't tried it, but one thing that you may wish to consider, if you work with a lot of handwritten notes, is a Tablet PC. You can write directly on the screen and it uses handwriting-recognition software to 'read' your handwriting and convert it to standard font lettering.
More on Tablet PC's here:
I was reading http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1736626/posts the link to http://www.newpantagruel.com/issues/2.3/agrarianism.php wasn’t working but I have found it at http://www.biostim.com.au/pdf/Agrarianism.pdf if you want to update it for your readers.
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