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Worth fighting for
Quayle, Dan, 1947-
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Nashville : Word Pub., [1999]

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xi, 227 pages ; 25 cm

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E885 .Q39 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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America is in crisis, and the stakes have never been higher. In Worth Fighting For , former Vice President Dan Quayle brings to the nation an experienced awareness of the many challenges ahead. The stakes are high. But, he knows that your dreams, your hopes, your family and your future are worth fighting for.

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Booklist Review

Quayle's two books (Standing Firm, 1994, and The American Family, with Diane Medved, 1996) have reminded conservative circles of his availability for a presidential run. The ridicule he continues to attract from liberal corners of the media (cartoonist Gary Trudeau is already pounding on him) certainly does him no damage in the Republican Party. Still, he seems sensitive and annoyed by the digs, and frequently in this book retorts to what he calls the "New Aristocracy" of the media--though the conservative complaint of liberal bias is as old as Spiro Agnew's alliterative attack on the "nattering nabobs of negativism." Still, Quayle advances new ideas among the old chestnuts, which the opposition's researchers will be combing for debating points come primary season next year. They might take aim at Quayle's promise to double the stakes on which Bob Dole went down to defeat; instead of the 15 percent tax cut the Bobster touted, Quayle is gunning for 30 percent. They'll put his proposal for "Freedom Accounts" into the political mix-master that is the social security issue. The opposition may lay off his vow to forbid Internet taxation, but since Quayle will be campaigning less on economics than on values, as his title indicates, his critics will probably target his call to roll back the 1960s social changes. In stump-speech-style arguments, Quayle covers the conservative critiques of affirmative action, abortion, immigration enforcement, school choice, judicial activism, IRS snooping (Quayle's been audited twice in the 1990s), and the Clintonian foreign policy. Whatever their intrinsic quality, campaign books, though ephemeral, reveal insights about the candidates, which is reason enough for library consideration for this one. --Gilbert Taylor

Publisher's Weekly Review

In the first salvo of his campaign for the presidency in 2000, Quayle never fails to mention Al Gore, the likely Democratic nominee, in the same sentence as Bill Clinton, whose moral failings Quayle seeks to attach to the entire Democratic Party. And, in writing that "conservatives have always been compassionate," Quayle seeks to rhetorically outflank the early Republican favorite, George W. Bush, who has lately used the term "compassionate conservatism." Clearly, Quayle intends to run way to the right of Bush and to wage political culture war. "Incredible as it may seem," he writes, "we continue to be in the midst of debates begun in the '60s." When preaching family values, Quayle comes off as sincere and committed, but he spends more time attacking those he believes don't share his values than in articulating what his values are. His attacks on the "opinion elite" are boilerplate at best, disingenuous at worst. While he rails against "the septic shock that hit American universities," he's nevertheless happy to turn to academic experts when doing so supports his arguments. He also reveals that he took his manuscript to Random House before turning to Word and, as an example of elite contempt for mainstream America, reprints Ann Godoff's rejection letter in its four-sentence entirety. He's most interesting when pointing to lingering inequalities in wealth and when lamenting how consumerism has eroded Americans' sense of community. His call for an income tax cut appears rooted in concern for a squeezed middle class rather than in a desire to curry favor with the capital gains gang. As an extended stump speech, this is serviceable, though written with no more or less linguistic flair and conceptual reach than the average elected official displays before a battery of microphones. 200,000 first printing; $250,000 ad/promo; simultaneous audio; author tour. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Part 1. America at a Crossroads
1. The Next American Centuryp. 3
Part 2. The Cultural Divide
2. Values Matter Mostp. 15
3. What the Sixties Didp. 31
4. The Hot Buttonsp. 47
5. Religion and Politicsp. 55
6. Faith-Based Organizationsp. 59
7. Protecting Childrenp. 65
8. Civil Rights in the Twenty-first Centuryp. 71
9. Immigrationp. 77
10. Restoring Justicep. 83
Part 3. Freedom and the Middle-Class Family
11. Protecting Freedomp. 91
12. The Case for Tax Cutsp. 95
13. Healthcare: Freedom and Choicep. 107
14. Education: Restoring Accountability, Standards, and Disciplinep. 113
15. Parents in Chargep. 119
Part 4. America and the Global Economy
16. Exporting Freedomp. 129
17. Preserving the American Advantagep. 137
18. Promoting the American Advantagep. 151
Part 5. Security Abroad
19. Opportunities Squanderedp. 165
20. Running on Emptyp. 175
21. Missile Defensep. 183
22. Terrorismp. 187
23. Israel and the Peace Processp. 191
24. Russia: Opportunity Imperiledp. 195
25. A Conflict with China?p. 201
26. Kyoto or Kuwaitp. 209
Part 6. A Future Worth Fighting for
27. A Future Worth Fighting Forp. 217
Acknowledgmentsp. 225