It Takes a Family

Conservatism and the Common Good

By Rick Santorum

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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.

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It Takes a Family is also available on CD. This abridged version is narrated by Rick Santorum. Call 800-323-2500 or visit www.oasisaudio.com to order.

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 best-selling 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.

This book, writes Santorum, "is an attempt to sketch the past forty years of American history in light of our founders' vision for the pursuit of the common good in a civil society. Are we still the country we were born to be? How did we arrive at this state? Where is our destination if we do not change? And how can we reclaim our rich inheritance from generations past and with it build up a society our founders would revere?"

It Takes a Family is an indispensable source for understanding not merely the 2012 presidential election but also the past, present, and future of American society.

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Pages 475
Publisher ISI Books
What They're Saying...

"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.com

"I’ve had the privilege of getting to know Senator Rick Santorum personally over the past several years, and he has impressed me time and again with his integrity, vision, and unwavering commitment to the principles and beliefs upon which the United States was founded. Senator Santorum is one of the stalwart defenders of human life and the pro-family cause, and his leadership within the halls of government has been invaluable to our nation and its people."
James C. Dobson,, Founder and Chairman, Focus on the Family

"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."
The Hon. 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. If every public servant was this clear-headed and intellectually courageous, we would see a very different culture."
R. Albert Mohler, Jr.,, Author, Speaker, 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, John Templeton Foundation

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