REVIEW: Letters To A Young Conservative

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Letters To A Young Conservative, by Dinesh D'Souza, is, as the title implies, a collection of letters from the author's correspondence with a fictional Conservative college student. The letters touch most of the major issues.

Since each chapter is a letter, the result is episodic with a logical progression from one topic to the next. The content can be consumed in chunks, or read easily in a few sittings - or even in a single sitting.

This book was my first exposure to D'Souza, but assuming it is indicative of his other writing, it will certainly not be my last. D'Souza has a firm, foundational, and eloquent grasp on the issues he addresses. His wit is nearly as acerbic as Ann Coulter's, but his style, paradoxically, is disarming.

As part of the Art of Mentoring series, the book is comprised of 31 short chapters (ranging from 4-16 pages, with most less than 10), written as letters addressed to a fictional college student named Chris. Each "letter" addresses a different issue, beginning with modern definitions of Conservativatism and Liberalism, and continuing with Libertarianism, how D'Souza - from an Indian immigrant family - became a Conservative, political correctness, multiculturalism, classical literature, Ronald Reagan, government as a societal problem, class warfare, affirmative action, feminism, post-modernism, liberal academia, media bias, judicial activism, gun rights, debating liberals, liberal mis-education, Abraham Lincoln, self-esteem, environmentalism, gay marriage, family values, abortion, anti-globalism, immigration, anti-Americanism, the Republican party, and why Conservatives should be cheerful; and ends with an exhaustive book list for Conservatives.

Given the short, letter-style chapters, and D'Souza's eloquence, this book is an easy and enjoyable read. While certainly geard toward 18-30 year olds, I would recommend this book to anyone as a primer on modern Conservatism from the mind of a young Conservative leader. To understand What modern Conservatism is, where it is, and where today's generation of young Conservatives is taking it, you need look no farther than D'Souza's Letters to a Young Conservative.