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4 Stars Out Of 5
August 1, 2010
In After the Hangover: The Conservatives Road to Recovery R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. puts forth his solution to the conservative movements current headache, nausea, and general malaise. He aptly depicts the present day challenges the movement faces as well as the historical events, people, and ideas that have brought the movement to this point. In order to accurately describe the current state of the conservative movement, Tyrrell explains the conservatives opponent, the Liberal, and takes the time to make some in depth analysis of Liberalism and how it functions and relates to the conservative. Understanding ones opponent is necessary in defeating them, and Tyrrell has almost as much to say about the Liberal as he does about the Conservative; describing one movement at times is to describe the antithesis of the other. His unapologetic way of standing by conservative policy is present throughout, and his practical application of that policy is briefly laid out in the last portion of After the Hangover just in case the reader may doubt his sincerity. After the Hangover was definitely worth my time, and I appreciate that Thomas Nelson provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review.
Tyrrell is an esteemed journalist, well, that's the impression you get from the back and from the book sleeve. He seems to be involved in a number of conservative organizations and has been the editor of the "American Spectator", a conservative journal/article producing place. The book sometimes reads rather oddly, i couldn't make too much sense of the early stages and what they were there for. All they did was pit the conservatives vs. the liberals without making much of a point. As the book reads there is a number of chapters that speak of the history of the conservative movement and who have been the major players within conservative and liberal politics over the last 50 years. Tyrrell towards the end of the book makes puts his stamp on things by bringing his own ideas and thoughts on how the conservatives can "recover". I thought the book was ok. It would have been better if i had known a bit more about the people and politics involved. I do enjoy reading and listening to the various political commentators about America politics but this seemed to be a little different to that - perhaps more intellectual than what the current day commentators talk about (which is what Tyrrell has a go at in his book). If you are interested in American politics, have a fascination with the conservative and liberal movements and would like a better grasp of their thoughts and policies then buy it. If not, don't buy it. I'm part of the blogger review program. Join if you would like to review books on your blog.