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 Rick Santorum made his name in the 2012 presidential race with his principled conservatism. To understand Santorum’s worldview and vision for America, there is no better source than his New York Times bestselling book, It Takes a Family.

It Takes a Family is one of the most profound and comprehensive books of political thought ever written by a politician. Santorum offers a penetrating look at the social, political, and economic shifts that have hurt American families—and a principled, genuinely conservative plan for reversing this slide.

Here Santorum explains his core beliefs, laying out a humane vision that he believes must inform public policy if it is to be effective and just. Politicians of both parties, he shows, fail to address the way Americans truly live their lives: in families, neighborhoods, churches, and communities. It Takes a Family is animated by an appreciation for the civic bonds that unite a community—an appreciation that lies at the heart of genuine conservatism.

 “A very serious, smart work of political science.” —Washington Post

“This book is worth taking seriously for several reasons, not least of which is that it is a serious book. . . . Santorum wrestles intelligently, often impressively, with the biggest of big ideas: freedom, virtue, civil society, the Founders’ intentions.” —Jonathan Rauch, National Journal

“Santorum argues persuasively that a conservative statesman must be animated by a deep sense that he is a steward of the American cultural inheritance—not someone entrusted with the power or authority to destroy that inheritance. He explores in detail how traditional social and cultural connections are the foundations of the common good.” —WorldNetDaily

“Santorum combines theory, principle, and practice to demonstrate why he is today one of the country’s most influential voices on the policies that so deeply affect the future of our families and communities.” —Stephen Goldsmith, former mayor of Indianapolis

“An important book for our troubled times. Its emergence can bring only good things for the conservative movement in America.” —R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“In these days when politicians’ pronouncements are mostly the focus-grouped bland hoping to (mis)lead the voting blind, Rick Santorum dares to try to say something that actually matters.” —Maggie Gallagher, nationally syndicated columnist, author

“A very important book. It is a reaffirmation of the moral, spiritual, and ethical characteristics that have blessed America since its founding.” —Jack Templeton, president of the John Templeton Foundation

Rick Santorum, a former presidential candidate, served in the United States Senate from 1995 to 2007. He was twice elected as the Republican conference chairman, the party’s third-ranking Senate leadership position. He and his wife, Karen, are the parents of seven children.


Politics & Current Affairs
April 8
Intercollegiate Studies Institute

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