This is Real Life Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Lists | March 13, 2015

    Hanya Yanagihara: IMG Nine Tips for Finishing That Novel



    My second novel, A Little Life — about a group of men in New York and their friendship over the course of 30 years — will be published... Continue »
    1. $21.00 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

      A Little Life

      Hanya Yanagihara 9780385539258

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$1.48
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Local Warehouse Politics- United States Politics

Trainwreck: The End of the Conservative Revolution (and Not a Moment Too Soon)

by

Trainwreck: The End of the Conservative Revolution (and Not a Moment Too Soon) Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

One of the country's most well-known progressive commentators on how — and why — the conservative movement went off the rails.

According to even Newt Gingrich, Republicans have lost their way. "Always better with one-liners than worthwhile policies," John McCain recently said, "We spent money like a drunken sailor. Although I never really knew a sailor, drunk or sober, with the imagination of my colleagues."

Bill Press, however, says the Republicans have been governing exactly the way you'd expect. If a politician's most basic belief is that government always fails, why would anyone think he'd try to prove otherwise? Trainwreck details the rise of the modern conservative movement from Robert Taft to Ronald Reagan and its fall from Newt Gingrich to the abject failure of George W. Bush.

Once champions of fiscal responsibility, conservatives have brought us, instead, record high federal spending and bloated budget deficits. Once leery of foreign entanglements, conservatives have launched us, instead, into an unprecedented age of imperial wars and conquests. Once apostles of honesty and integrity in government, conservatives have, instead, used their positions of power to enrich themselves or evade the rule of law.

For decades, conservatives struggled to topple liberals from the federal throne, but, once in power, they didn't deliver. Everything they touched, they trashed. Here is the story of who, how, and why.

Review:

"If Republicans were a restaurant, 'they'd have been closed by the Board of Health,' Bill Press says. 'If they were a Hollywood starlet, they'd be in rehab.'

On the first page of his new book, the former host of CNN's 'Crossfire' announces that 'the conservative revolution is finally over — and it was a total bust.' He pounds away at that theme with relentless derision for 200 more... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Book News Annotation:

Political columnist and radio host Press declares the modern conservative movement, which began with Robert Taft's opposition to the New Deal, a failed corpse. They failed, he declares, not by his own liberal standards, but by their own alleged governing principles. He details these failures, showing how conservatives from Reagan to the second Bush have violated their own professed principles when it comes to the environment, restoring honor and dignity to government, making Americans safer, avoiding foreign entanglements, cutting governmental waste and fraud, maintaining fiscal responsibility, and shrinking the size and power of the federal government. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

One of America’s best-known progressive commentators reveals that, far from betraying conservative ideals, George W. Bush’s administration has behaved exactly as anyone would expect of a group that believes government is evil and always doomed to failure. Bill Press demonstrates that conservative positions have remained consistently wrong, and that, from its inception, the movement was dedicated to tearing things down, not building them up. Trainwreck will convince you that the conservative movement has remained on track for decades—and that, from the beginning, those tracks were headed for disaster.

Synopsis:

Ten things trainwreck reveals that REPUBLICANS HOPE YOU NEVER FIND OUT
  • Why the conservative movement that spawned Reagan, Gingrich, and Bush is now dead.

  • How many core conservative principles the Republicans have betrayed.

  • How Republicans have made us less safe, not more.

  • How Republicans became the biggest spenders of all time.

  • How much bigger the federal government has grown under conservative rule.

  • How many Republicans got caught with their hands in the cookie jar.

  • How Republicans went from protecting the environment to plundering it.

  • How the party of peacekeepers became the party of perpetual war.

  • How Reagan was worse than Nixon—and Bush worse than both.

  • Why conservatives can never again be trusted with power.

In Bill Press's funniest and most astute book yet, he drives the final nail into the coffin containing the ideas of the so-called party of ideas. And it's a coffin many Republican presidential candidates have been using as a campaign bus.

Conventional conservative wisdom holds that somehow, during the first seven years of the twenty-first century, the Republican Party lost its way and abandoned core conservative principles while maintaining absolute control of all three branches of government. Is this true? Or are unnecessary wars, ballooning deficits, rampant corruption, incompetent governance, inadequate public services, crumbling infrastructure, and repeated attempts to deceive the public the inevitable consequence of any government based on conservative political philosophy?

In Trainwreck, one of America's best-known progressive commentators reveals that, far from betraying conservative ideals, the administration of George W. Bush has behaved exactly as anyone would expect of a group that believes government is evil and always doomed to failure. Why, asks syndicated radio host and newspaper columnist Bill Press, would people whose primary message is that government doesn't work want to prove otherwise?

Press traces the history of the modern conservative movement from the rise of Robert Taft in the 1940s, through the glory days of Ronald Reagan and Newt Gingrich, to the long and agonizing fall of George W. Bush. He examines the movement's intellectual underpinnings in the writings of Russell Kirk and William F. Buckley Jr. and its national political birth with the nomination of Barry Goldwater for president in 1964.

This in-depth analysis reveals three very salient facts: hatred of government has been a core value of the conservative movement from its inception; the behavior of the George W. Bush administration has mirrored that of the Reagan administration in every important way; and, until Hurricane Katrina revealed in 2005 that the emperor had no clothes, movement conservatives were the president's strongest supporters and closest allies.

Press demonstrates that, while constantly changing and evolving, conservative positions have remained consistently wrong, and that, from its inception, the movement was dedicated to tearing things down, not building them up.

Trainwreck will convince you, once and for all, that the conservative movement has remained on track for decades—and that, from the beginning, those tracks were headed for disaster.

About the Author

Bill Press (Washington, DC) is the host of Sirius Radio's Bill Press Show, which is also syndicated across the country, and writes a syndicated column for Tribune Media. Formerly the host of CNN's Crossfire, his books include Spin This, Bush Must Go, and How the Republicans Stole Christmas.

Table of Contents

Introduction.

PART ONE.

Chapter One: Loving the Great Outdoors.

Chapter Two: Restoring Honor and Dignity to Government.

PART TWO.

Chapter Three: Making Americans Safer.

Chapter Four: A Safeguard Against Tyranny.

Chapter Five: Avoiding Pointless Foreign Adventures.

PART THREE.

Chapter Six: Cutting Waste, Fraud and Abuse.

Chapter Seven: The Party of Fiscal Responsibility.

Chapter Eight: Less Power to Washington<.

Conclusion.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780470182406
Author:
Press, Bill
Publisher:
Wiley (TP)
Subject:
Conservatism
Subject:
United states
Subject:
General
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Conservatism & Liberalism
Subject:
Political Process - Political Parties
Subject:
Political History
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
Conservatism -- United States.
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
History Special Topics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
The End of the Conse
Publication Date:
April 2008
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.36x6.46x1.05 in. 1.00 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. Swim against the Current: Even a... Used Hardcover $5.50
  2. American Fascists: The Christian...
    Used Hardcover $6.95
  3. Kingdom Coming: The Rise of...
    Used Hardcover $4.95
  4. Cracking the Code: How to Win...
    Used Hardcover $8.95

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » Political Science
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Culture
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics

Trainwreck: The End of the Conservative Revolution (and Not a Moment Too Soon) Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$1.48 In Stock
Product details 256 pages John Wiley & Sons - English 9780470182406 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , One of America’s best-known progressive commentators reveals that, far from betraying conservative ideals, George W. Bush’s administration has behaved exactly as anyone would expect of a group that believes government is evil and always doomed to failure. Bill Press demonstrates that conservative positions have remained consistently wrong, and that, from its inception, the movement was dedicated to tearing things down, not building them up. Trainwreck will convince you that the conservative movement has remained on track for decades—and that, from the beginning, those tracks were headed for disaster.
"Synopsis" by , Ten things trainwreck reveals that REPUBLICANS HOPE YOU NEVER FIND OUT
  • Why the conservative movement that spawned Reagan, Gingrich, and Bush is now dead.

  • How many core conservative principles the Republicans have betrayed.

  • How Republicans have made us less safe, not more.

  • How Republicans became the biggest spenders of all time.

  • How much bigger the federal government has grown under conservative rule.

  • How many Republicans got caught with their hands in the cookie jar.

  • How Republicans went from protecting the environment to plundering it.

  • How the party of peacekeepers became the party of perpetual war.

  • How Reagan was worse than Nixon—and Bush worse than both.

  • Why conservatives can never again be trusted with power.

In Bill Press's funniest and most astute book yet, he drives the final nail into the coffin containing the ideas of the so-called party of ideas. And it's a coffin many Republican presidential candidates have been using as a campaign bus.

Conventional conservative wisdom holds that somehow, during the first seven years of the twenty-first century, the Republican Party lost its way and abandoned core conservative principles while maintaining absolute control of all three branches of government. Is this true? Or are unnecessary wars, ballooning deficits, rampant corruption, incompetent governance, inadequate public services, crumbling infrastructure, and repeated attempts to deceive the public the inevitable consequence of any government based on conservative political philosophy?

In Trainwreck, one of America's best-known progressive commentators reveals that, far from betraying conservative ideals, the administration of George W. Bush has behaved exactly as anyone would expect of a group that believes government is evil and always doomed to failure. Why, asks syndicated radio host and newspaper columnist Bill Press, would people whose primary message is that government doesn't work want to prove otherwise?

Press traces the history of the modern conservative movement from the rise of Robert Taft in the 1940s, through the glory days of Ronald Reagan and Newt Gingrich, to the long and agonizing fall of George W. Bush. He examines the movement's intellectual underpinnings in the writings of Russell Kirk and William F. Buckley Jr. and its national political birth with the nomination of Barry Goldwater for president in 1964.

This in-depth analysis reveals three very salient facts: hatred of government has been a core value of the conservative movement from its inception; the behavior of the George W. Bush administration has mirrored that of the Reagan administration in every important way; and, until Hurricane Katrina revealed in 2005 that the emperor had no clothes, movement conservatives were the president's strongest supporters and closest allies.

Press demonstrates that, while constantly changing and evolving, conservative positions have remained consistently wrong, and that, from its inception, the movement was dedicated to tearing things down, not building them up.

Trainwreck will convince you, once and for all, that the conservative movement has remained on track for decades—and that, from the beginning, those tracks were headed for disaster.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.