In case you haven’t noticed, though I highly doubt you haven’t, politicians are powering up for the 2016 Presidential Elections. With election season approaching and politicians debating live on national television, political buzzwords and phrases reach voters ears and sometimes leave them confused. What do terms such as separation of church and state, limited government, and equality mean? In William J. Bennett and John T.E. Cribb’s recent book American the Strong: Conservative Ideas to Spark the Next Generation, definitions and explanations about a variety of these political and governmental topics are clearly provided, clearing up some of the confusion voters may have during election seasons.
America the Strong is particularly aimed at helping individuals understand the basis for what politically conservative voters believe in regard to government, liberty, education, religious freedom, and law. Each chapter of the book covers a hot-topic in today’s society, covering issues ranging from government debt to the legalization of marijuana. While the book seeks to educate readers about what conservatives believe, the book is worth the read for those on either side of the political fence and is overall balanced in its approach to discussion of political issues.
Chapters are broken down into sections that focus on narrower issues that fall under the umbrella of the main topic. For example, the chapter on free enterprise has a section on the whether or not free enterprise is good for society.
Throughout the book, Cribb and Bennett cite research and science to back up their claims for the conservative cause, a move that greatly enhances the book’s credibility. For those who like visual evidence, charts and data graphs are scattered throughout the book to illustrate certain points. However, at some points the book could have benefited from more research to back up its claims but overall is well-supported.
The book provides historical contexts for many of the topics it covers and goes into detail explaining the American Founders’ vision for America and their understanding of government. Readers can appreciate the references to classical antiquity that the authors make in laying their claims.
Overall, America the Strong is an excellent book for readers who are not history scholars or who feel they do not have a strong background in American History or know a great deal about the Constitution. The book is a timely read
as the Nation heads toward an election year. Readers with a strong background in American History and the Constitution may find the book overly simplified at certain points, but can still appreciate the clarity and depth with which the authors cover
Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of America the Strong in exchange for my honest review of the book. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.