The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America

The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America

by Arthur C. Brooks


$27.99 View All Available Formats & Editions


The prominent economist and president of the American Enterprise Institute—the leading intellectual think tank on the right—offers a bold new vision for conservatism as a movement for social and economic justice.

In The Conservative Heart, Arthur C. Brooks contends that after years of focusing on economic growth and traditional social values, it is time for a new kind of conservatism—one that helps the vulnerable without mortgaging our children’s future. In Brooks’ daring vision, this conservative movement fights poverty, promotes equal opportunity, celebrates earned success, and values spiritual enlightenment. It is an inclusive movement with a positive agenda to help people lead happier, more hopeful, and more satisfied lives.

One of the country’s leading scholars and policy thinkers, Brooks has considered these issues for decades. Drawing on years of research on the sources of happiness, he asserts that what people most need are four “institutions of meaning”—faith, family, community, and meaningful work. These are not only the foundations of personal wellbeing, but also the necessary means for building a better nation.

Combining reporting, original research, and case studies, and free of vituperative politics, The Conservative Heart is an intelligent and compelling manifesto for renewal. Clear, well-reasoned, and accessible, it is a welcome new strategy for disconsolate conservatives looking for fresh, actionable ideas to address the serious problems confronting us today and to reclaim our future, and for politically independent citizens who believe that neither political party addresses their needs or concerns.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062319753
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/14/2015
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Arthur C. Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute, where he also holds the Beth and Ravenel Curry Chair in Free Enterprise. He is the author of eleven books, including the bestsellers The Conservative Heart and The Road to Freedom. He is an op-ed columnist for The Washington Post, and host of the podcast The Arthur Brooks Show. Previously, he spent twelve years as a professional classical musician in the United States and Spain, including several seasons as a member of the City Orchestra of Barcelona. A native of Seattle, Brooks lives with his family in Bethesda, Maryland. In the fall of 2019, he will join the faculty of the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School.

Table of Contents

Introduction The Conservative Heart: How We Have Changed the World-But Can't Seem to Get Our Footing 1

Chapter 1 America's Pursuit of Happiness: Why It Is the Central Expression of the Conservative Heart 25

Chapter 2 Why America Hasn't Won the War on Poverty: Spending Trillions Without Moving the Needle Where It Matters Most 53

Chapter 3 Pushing the Bucket: How Honest Work Ennobles and Elevates Us 81

Chapter 4 Lessons from an Indian Slum and an Austrian Ghost Town: Inspiration from a Society on the Make and a Cautionary Tale from One That Disappeared 107

Chapter 5 A Conservative Social Justice Agenda: A Better Way to Fight Poverty 131

Chapter 6 From Protest Movement of Social Movement: A Road Map for the New Right 159

Chapter 7 The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Conservatives: How to Talk So Americans Will Listen 179

Acknowledgments 217

Notes 219

Index 239

Customer Reviews