I recently got a copy of Upstream: The Ascendance of American Conservatism by AmSpec’s publisher Al Regnery and went to work on it.
First, if you are a conservative without much knowledge of the history of the movement, then you must read the book. You’ll have a much richer appreciation of the battles that have been fought and why some of the fault lines are still there.
Second, the book is just fun to read. Regnery tells the story in an entertaining fashion and has interviewed many of the big names. SLIGHT SPOILER: Hubert Humphrey embraced conservatism before his death! Or, at least, so claimed Paul Laxalt in an interview with Regnery.
Upstream stands up nicely to other movement histories like George Nash’s The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America since 1945 and Lee Edwards’ The Conservative Revolution.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online