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Letters to a young conservative
D'Souza, Dinesh, 1961-
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Publication Information:
New York : Basic Books, [2002]

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viii, 229 pages ; 22 cm.
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Series from jacket.
Conservatives vs. liberals -- The libertarian temptation -- The education of a conservative -- Pig wrestling at Dartmouth -- Fighting political correctness -- Authentic vs. bogus multiculturalism -- What's so great about great books -- How Reagan outsmarted the liberals -- Why government is the problem -- When the rich get richer -- How affirmative action hurts Blacks -- The feminist mistake -- Who are the postmodernists? -- Why professors are so left-wing -- All the news that fits -- A living constitution? -- More guns, less crime -- How to harpoon a liberal -- Lies my teacher taught me -- Was Lincoln a bad guy? -- The self-esteem hoax -- Who cares about the snail darter? -- Against gay marriage -- Family values since Oedipus -- Speaking as a former fetus... -- The hypocrisy of anti-globalists -- Are immigrants to blame? -- Why liberals hate America -- A Republican realignment? -- Why conservatives should be cheerful -- A conservative reading list.
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Among the topics Dinesh D'Souza covers in Letters to a Young Conservative:--Fighting Political Correctness--Authentic vs. Bogus Multiculturalism--Why Government Is the Problem--When the Rich Get Richer--How Affirmative Action Hurts Blacks--The Feminist Mistake--All the News That Fits--How to Harpoon a Liberal--The Self-Esteem Hoax--A Republican Realignment?--Why Conservatives Should Be Cheerful

Author Notes

Dinesh D'Souza was born on April 25, 1961 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. He came to the U.S. in 1978 and attended Union High School in Patagonia, Arizona. He went on to Dartmouth College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in English in 1983. While attending Dartmouth, he became the editor of a conservative monthly called The Prospect. The paper ignited controversy during D'Souza's editorship by criticizing the College's affirmative action policies. He also became known as a writer for the Dartmouth Review which was subsidized by several right-wing organizations. After Dartmouth he moved to Washington, D.C. where he was an editor of Policy Review, an influential conservative journal. In 1988 he left the magazine on to serve as an advisor in Ronald Regan's White House. He joined the American Enterprise Institute in 1989 where he was the institute's John M. Olin fellow. He has appeared on several news shows as a political commentator such as: CNN, Glen Beck, and ABC's Nightline.

D'Souza's first book, Lliberal Education was published in 1991. Since then, he has written numerous bestselling political commentaries, including: America: Imagine a World Without Her, Obama's America: Unmaking the American Dream, Letters to a Young Conservative, The End of Racism, and The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left.

D'Souza's title's, Hilary's America and Death of a Nation, made the New York Times Bestseller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

A young foot soldier of the "Reagan Revolution," bestselling author D'Souza (What's So Great About America, etc.) came to prominence during his years at Dartmouth, as one of the founders of the controversial Dartmouth Review. In his latest book, the newest installment in the Art of Mentoring series, D'Souza provides students of the next generation with a basic understanding of modern conservatism and its fundamental precepts. Addressing a fictional student by the name of "Chris," D'Souza outlines the major distinctions between the three main political positions in the U.S.: liberalism, conservatism and libertarianism. He goes on to explain how conservatism debunks an array of issues, such as affirmative action (it strengthens the "widespread suspicion that [blacks] might be intellectually inferior"), feminism ("the feminist error was to embrace the value of the workplace as greater than the value of the home"), postmodernism ("pompous, verbose, and incoherent") and some lesser known sins such as the "self-esteem hoax" (self-esteem doesn't promote better performance). In these chapters, the author is witty, even irreverent at times. He punctures the stereotype of conservatism as the dry and stodgy movement that liberals love to hate. Rather he says, conservatives are "radicals," resisting the morally deficient tide of modern liberalism, fighting for a common code of virtues. D'Souza will no doubt succeed in inspiring young conservatives to go out into the world and fight for what they believe in. (Oct. 1) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

1 Conservatives vs. Liberalsp. 1
2 The Libertarian Temptationp. 11
3 The Education of a Conservativep. 15
4 Pig Wrestling at Dartmouthp. 23
5 Fighting Political Correctnessp. 35
6 Authentic vs. Bogus Multiculturalismp. 45
7 What's So Great About Great Booksp. 55
8 How Reagan Outsmarted the Liberalsp. 61
9 Why Government Is the Problemp. 77
10 When the Rich Get Richerp. 85
11 How Affirmative Action Hurts Blacksp. 91
12 The Feminist Mistakep. 101
13 Who Are the Postmodernists?p. 107
14 Why Professors Are So Left-Wingp. 113
15 All the News That Fitsp. 117
16 A Living Constitution?p. 123
17 More Guns, Less Crimep. 131
18 How to Harpoon a Liberalp. 135
19 Lies My Teacher Taught Mep. 145
20 Was Lincoln a Bad Guy?p. 149
21 The Self-Esteem Hoaxp. 161
22 Who Cares About the Snail Darter?p. 167
23 Against Gay Marriagep. 171
24 Family Values Since Oedipusp. 177
25 Speaking As a Former Fetus...p. 189
26 The Hypocrisy of Anti-Globalistsp. 193
27 Are Immigrants to Blame?p. 197
28 Why Liberals Hate Americap. 205
29 A Republican Realignment?p. 211
30 Why Conservatives Should Be Cheerfulp. 219
31 A Conservative Reading Listp. 225