R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.’s latest book, “After the Hangover,” is an insightful perspective from a key “player” on the historical and current state of the conservative political movement. Filled with personal anecdotes from the author’s decades in the movement, Tyrrell confronts the discouragement felt by many conservatives today with an optimistic look at the conservative agenda and its resurgence in popularity.
Tyrrell’s status in the movement for many decades is both a blessing and a curse. For those people who just recently jumped into the conservative fight, the significant chunk of space he spends providing a history of the movement is helpful. However, he tosses names around like old friends, but often assumes the reader has some prior knowledge of who those people are.
I found the writing style a bit over the top. Why use a simple, understandable word when one requiring the use of a dictionary will do? He also spends an unnecessarily large amount of space on an extended tribute to one of the conservative movement’s great leaders, William F. Buckley, Jr. I thoroughly enjoyed the discussion of the conservative agenda for recovery, which included specific plans for financial and health care reforms, key domestic policies such as education, immigration and energy and national defense. Despite the book’s minor shortcomings, I would heartily recommend it for its informative, witty and insightful message that’s full of hope for the future.
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