Big Tent: The Story of the Conservative Revolution

Big Tent: The Story of the Conservative Revolution–As Told by the Thinkers and Doers Who Made It Happen.

Prominent conservatives speak out about their movement’s convictions, history and heroes.

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“Big Tent is the definitive book on what it means to be conservative. An essential read for everyone who cares about the future of America. Covering all the angles and arguments, Big Tent is stunning and accessible. You will be surprised, as I was, by all you didn’t know about the conservative movement.”  – Sean Hannity 

Big Tent: The Story of the Conservative Revolution is the definitive book on what it means to be conservative. Covering all the angles and making all the arguments, this one-volume summary of the conservative movement is a vital resource for all Americans who care about the future of our nation.

In Big Tent, bestselling author and professor Mallory Factor illuminates the conservative tradition in American politics with essays from the leading figures in the conservative movement.

Ambitious in its breadth and depth, Big Tent provides a fresh and surprising treatment of the conservative movement as told by the leaders of the movement itself.

These illuminating essays include:

• Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on the political ideas surrounding the American Revolution;

• Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on the Bush Administration’s “War on Terror”;

• Attorney General and top advisor to President Ronald Reagan Edwin Meese on the Reagan Revolution;

• Historian David Norcross on the centrality of Edmund Burke to American political thought;

• Former chairman of the NRA and ACU David Keene on Buckley-style “fusionism”;

• Grassroots political activist Phyllis Schlafly on the rise of the religious right; and

• Senator Rand Paul on the future of libertarianism within the Conservative movement.

In this unique collection, conservative leaders explain how the conservative movement developed as a powerful force in American politics, how the movement functions now with a wide range of viewpoints, and where it is going in the future.

The Conservative Intellectual Tradition in America

Mallory Factor, the John C. West Professor of International Politics and American Government, brings the Conservative Intellectual Tradition in America to The Citadel in an exciting new course being offered in the spring of 2012. A survey of the political tradition of modern conservatism in the United States, the course features a veritable who’s who of guest lecturers from conservative political circles, including former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

This seminar is intended to serve as an introduction to conservative thought, connecting the tradition to other political, economic, and philosophical themes in Western culture and will feature both lecture and discussion.

Watch videos of the lectures here.


January 18 Introduction to the Conservative Intellectual Tradition
Guest Lecturer: Publisher Alfred S. Regnery
January 25 Edmund Burke and the Origins of Modern Conservatism
Guest Lecturer: David Armstrong Norcross
February 1 The Conservative Tradition and the American Experiment
Guest Lecturer: Former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich
February 8 The Fragility of Ordered Liberty: Tocqueville and Conservative Conceptions of Liberty, Equality, and Community
Guest Lecturer: Political Commentator Michael Barone
February 15 New Deal Progressivism, the Jeffersonian Revival, and the Agrarian Tradition
Guest Lecturer: American Historian Burton W. Folsom, Jr.
February 22 The Emergence of Libertarianism
Guest Lecturer: Ayn Rand Institute Director Yaron Brook
February 29 The Reagan Revolution
Guest Lecturer: Former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese
March 7 William F. Buckley, Jr., Fusionism, and the Three-Legged Stool of Conservatism
Guest Lecturer: National Rifle Association President David A. Keene
March 14 The Cold War, Anti-Communism, and Neo-Conservatism
Guest Lecturer: Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Douglas J. Feith
March 21 Economics and Conservatism
Guest Lecturer: Cato Institute Senior Fellow Daniel J. Mitchell
April 4 Cultural Conservatism and the Religious Right
Guest Lecturer: Political Activist Phyllis Schlafly
April 11 The Bush Doctrine, Compassionate Conservatism, and the War on Terror
Guest Lecturer: Former Secretary of Defense Donald Henry Rumsfeld
April 18 The Future of the Conservative Movement
Guest Lecturers: Republican Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, Former Christian Coalition Director Ralph Eugene Reed Jr., and Former CIA Director James Woolsey

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