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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Why I Turned Right: Leading Baby Boom Conservatives Chronicle Their Political Journeys edited by Mary Eberstadt

A fun and interesting read

P.J. O'Rourke
This quick read is also must read for any political junky. The book teaches the reader that there are many paths to conservatism but a whole lot of conservatives began moving to the right as a reaction against over-reaching on the part of liberals at one of our country's many fine universities. Practical experience in the real world does a lot of changing of political minds as well (that was the case for me).

Why I Turned Right: Leading Baby Boom Conservatives Chronicle Their Political Journeys also teaches the reader that there are lots of funny conservatives out there. P.J. O'Rourke's essay was a stitch. Danielle Crittenden's is funny and rings true to every parent.

Joseph Bottum's observation are not really humorous, but they are some of the most profound as he discusses society, the respect for life and how said it is that the 10 Commandments have been replaced by in our society by the two new great commandments: "Be Nice and Be Cool"(p. 156). this observation is so dead on and obvious to this public school teacher that I'm embarrassed that I didn't think of it myself.

A pleasure to read.

I rate this collection of essays 4 stars out of 5.

Reviewed on October 24, 2008.

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