Jonah Goldberg on The Tyranny of Cliches
“Liberals lie. They flatly lie when they say they’re not ideological. But the first people they lie to are themselves, and this is why they are constantly…being surprised by reality,” say Jonah Golderg, author of The Tyranny of Cliches: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas.
Dennis Prager on Still the Best Hope
”The Left sells leftism. Muslims sell Islam. And Americans don’t sell anything. This is what’s driving me crazy. We have this phenomenal response to the problem of unjust suffering and we don’t know it,” says Dennis Prager, author of Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph.
Michael Patrick Leahy on Covenant of Liberty
“The Tea Party…is thriving. What you have is basically people organizing to get out the vote. We’re not doing as many public rallies because the time for that has passed…The challenge in 2012 is…an electoral challenge,” says Michael Patrick Leahy, author of Covenant of Liberty: The Ideological Origins of the Tea Party Movement.
Stephen Knott on Rush to Judgment
“I would argue that [with] the attacks of 9/11, and the potential for a follow-up attack that could have been even worse…Bush actually faced a far more serious crisis than…Kennedy, who authorized…an assassination campaign against Fidel Castro,” says Stephen Knott, author of Rush to Judgment: George W. Bush, the War on Terror, and His Critics.
John Tomasi on Free Market Fairness
“[A] lot of [Adam Smith's] justification for limited government is given in terms of the positive effects that such a society will have on the poor. Somehow…the idea that being concerned for the poor morphed into a concern for social justice that was tied to big state government programs,” says John Tomasi, author of Free Market Fairness.
Jay Nordlinger on Peace, They Say
“[Giving the prize to Ronald Reagan would have been] too much…for a five-man committee of Norwegian social democrats to do. I don’t think they could have stomached giving the award to Reagan,” says Jay Nordlinger, author of Peace, They Say: A History of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Most Famous and Controversial Prize in the World.
Donald R. Hickey on The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict
“There’s an old saw that everyone’s happy with the outcome: the Americans are happy because they think they won, the Canadians are happier because they know they won, and the British are happiest of all because they’ve forgotten all about this war,” says Donald R. Hickey, author of The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict.
Tim Powers on Hide Me Among the Graves
“It seems to me these currently hip vampires largely only have the name. It seems to me that they omit a whole lot of the big, supernaturally scary elements that, say, Bram Stoker had…There has to be as much a risk to your soul as there is to your body,” says Tim Powers, author of Hide Me Among the Graves.
Tom Grace on The Liberty Intrigue
“Certainly my world view is framed through a conservative lens, but in the stories I’ve told, it really wasn’t important to bring that out…In writing an election thriller, politics is a central element of the story. It had to come out. It’s almost a character, it’s that important,” says Tom Grace, author of The Liberty Intrigue.
Thomas Mallon on Watergate
“One of the things that I’m struck by on the tapes…is an absolute impossibility of logic, reasoning, evidence, empiricism, to think or assert that Nixon knew about the break-in in advance…He would have been an actor beyond [Laurence] Olivier if that were the case,” says Thomas Mallon, author of Watergate.
Larry Arnn on The Founders’ Key
“The point of what [the Founders] invented was that constitutional rule means that government does not manage the details of everyday life: it is a system of self-government,” says Larry Arnn, author of The Founders’ Key: The Divine and Natural Connection Between the Declaration and the Constitution and What We Risk by Losing It.
Vince Flynn on Kill Shot
“[I wanted to] show the reader what it’s like to live this lonely life of a covert operative…And when something goes wrong…to show how the bureaucrats react, how the finger-pointing starts, and how quickly people will bail on that individual who’s out there risking his life,” says Vince Flynn, author of Kill Shot.
Jeanne Safer on Cain’s Legacy
“[Sibling strife] tends to have its roots in favoritism by parents…This is the source of a lot of it. And when parents favor one child and really don’t think about the other…it really marks people for life,” says Jeanne Safer, author of Cain’s Legacy: Liberating Siblings from a Lifetime of Rage, Shame, Secrecy, and Regret.
Charles Murray on Coming Apart
“If you have a large chunk of the American population…who no longer have the cultural prerequisites for participating in a free society…it’s very hard to maintain a republic as America has historically wanted itself to be,” says Charles Murray, author of Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010.
Robert Leiken on Europe’s Angry Muslims
“[I]n the case of Europe you’ve got a lot of children of [Muslim] labor immigrants who come over….working factory jobs…The laborers would…import their own community….Those communities were often very isolated, and that goes back to Europe’s…problem with immigration,” says Robert Leiken, author of Europe’s Angry Muslims.
Sally Pipes on The Pipes Plan
“A lot of employers are going to say. ‘…[O]ur employees can get their insurance in these state-based exchanges.’ This completely goes against what president Obama said over and over again: if you like your health insurance, and you like your doctor, nothing will change. Things are changing, and [Americans] are not liking it,” says Sally Pipes, author of The Pipes Plan: The Top Ten Ways to Dismantle Obamacare.