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Ron Paul's Revolution : The Man and the Movement He Inspired
by Brian Doherty


Overview - Presidential candidate and longtime representative Ron Paul of Texas is a true enigma in American politics: at once a libertarian who believes in outlawing abortion and halting illegal immigration, and a traditional conservative who fervently opposes the drug war, the PATRIOT Act, and America s interventions in the Middle East.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Presidential candidate and longtime representative Ron Paul of Texas is a true enigma in American politics: at once a libertarian who believes in outlawing abortion and halting illegal immigration, and a traditional conservative who fervently opposes the drug war, the PATRIOT Act, and America s interventions in the Middle East. In Ron Paul s rEVOLution, Brian Doherty, a senior editor at Reason magazine and Reason.com, documents the meteoric rise of Paul from relative obscurity to national prominence, and examines the fanatically devoted political movement that has arisen around him. Based on original reporting, Ron Paul s rEVOLution is a remarkable portrait of an extraordinary man who has become a hero to a rising generation of cross-partisan young activists."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780062114792
  • ISBN-10: 0062114794
  • Publisher: Broadside Books
  • Publish Date: May 2012
  • Page Count: 294


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-02-27
  • Reviewer: Staff

In disorganized fashion, journalist Doherty (Radicals for Capitalism) tries to explain how Paul and his supporters—“homeschooling Christians and couch-surfing punk rockers, college professors and famous actors”—are “changing the shape of American politics.” Doherty attempts to frame Paul in a historical context by tracing the argument for a “separation of government from banking” as far back as the Van Buren administration, while also comparing Paul to William Jennings Bryan, suggesting that “the two politicians’ character, style, populist appeal, and most specifically their anti-imperialism mark them as kin.” Though Paul’s recollections about marrying his high school sweetheart, getting drafted in 1962, and, as a doctor, seeing “an infant was put in the trash and left to die” provide the book’s most compelling passages, a full picture never emerges. Instead, Doherty rehashes existing accounts of Paul’s first House election in 1976, hastily mentions Paul’s 1988 presidential campaign on the Libertarian ticket, and rushes through the next 20 years to his 2008 Republican presidential campaign. The chapters mostly proceed chronologically, but without any coherent, compelling structure or narrative. In a too transparent effort to link the book with Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign, Doherty briefly summarizes the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries and concludes, “Paulites will represent future,” though how or why Doherty makes this claim remains unclear. Agent: William Clark, William Clark Associates. (May)

 
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