What it takes to be a real Reagan conservative: Respect for life, marriage, faith, and family (Book review)

11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative. Dr. Paul G. Kengor. Beaufort Books. 154 pages. A recent poll named Ronald Reagan the best president since World War II. Even today, 15 years after his death on what would be his 104th birthday, the Gipper casts a long shadow over his successors in both parties, and those who wish to succeed him in his own. As politicians position themselves as … [Read more...]

‘King Rules’: Martin Luther King Jr. would defend life and marriage, says his niece

King Rules: The Truths for You, Your Family, and Our Nation to Prosper. Alveda King. Thomas Nelson Publishers. 224 pages. How would Lincoln deal with the red state-blue state divide? How would Reagan respond to today's foreign policy questions? The search for answers in the present by searching the wisdom of great figures of the past is at once inherently conservative and a necessary part … [Read more...]

Where Pat Buchanan Went Wrong

I wrote several book reviews at FrontPage Magazine, including virtually every book Pat Buchanan wrote during my tenure there. In hindsight, these were hypercritical and, more damning for me, did not engage with the substance of his arguments. As I place this on my website nine years to the day I first wrote it, I can say this is perhaps the most defensible of my reviews of his work, which is … [Read more...]

The Hate America Left

Reviewing a book written under your boss' byline is never an easy task, particularly if you are a new hire. This was the first article I wrote after being hired full-time at FrontPage Magazine in mid-January 2003. Today, it reads more than a bit obsequious, even by such standards, but my job was to sell the book. If nothing else, it's an awfully good sales pitch. C'est la vie. -- TRW. At last … [Read more...]