Ain’t My America
by Bill Kauffman
No idea has defined modern conservatism more than the aggressive military posture taken by the likes of George W. Bush. But as Bill Kauffman shows in Ain’t My America, the true legacy of conservatism views war with skepticism and imperialism with disdain. Kauffman shows the reader not only how traditional conservatism opposes war, but how the opposite is also true – war destroys nearly everything that conservatives profess to value. Kauffman is passionate and entertaining, but he has above all produced an informative antidote to the modern nonsense that has fooled otherwise liberty-loving Americans into thinking that militarism is an inherently conservative value.
Praise for Ain’t My America
“Here begins the effort to restore a principled conservatism after the havoc wreaked by George W. Bush. Bill Kauffman is a terrific writer and Ain’t My America is a terrific—and essential—book.” – Andrew Bacevich, author of Washington Rules
“This is my kind of book: historically grounded, fiercely honest, and wonderfully expressed. It is one of the best books I’ve read in years. Bill Kauffman is a conservative of the highest order, unlike the false brand now conducting our national affairs.” – George McGovern, former U.S. Representative and Senator (D-South Dakota)
“For those who have been neoconned into believing that conservatism means unquestioned support for the warfare state, Ain’t My America is the perfect way to show that real conservatives defend peace and liberty.” – Ron Paul, former U.S. Representative (R-Texas)
What to Read Next
Kauffman’s book is informative and passionately written, but some of his passages and the quotations he uses could be considered risque or offensive. These passages are used to communicate the emotion of the ideological battles over foreign policy and do not detract from the book’s effectiveness. They may, however, make the book less suitable for younger readers.