Too Dumb to Fail

  • by Matt K. Lewis
  • Narrated by Matt K. Lewis
  • 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From a leading voice among young conservatives, an impassioned argument that to stay relevant, the Republican Party must look beyond short-term electoral gains and recommit to historic conservative values.
In 1963 Richard Hofstadter published his landmark book, Anti-Intellectualism in American Life. Today, Matt Lewis argues, America's inclination toward simplicity and stupidity is stronger than ever, and its greatest victim is the Republican Party. Lewis, a respected conservative columnist and frequent guest on MSNBC's Morning Joe, eviscerates the phenomenon of candidates with a "no experience required" mentality and Tea Party "patriots" who possess bluster but few core beliefs.
Lewis traces the conservative movement's roots from Edmund Burke to William F. Buckley and from Goldwater's loss to Reagan's landslide victory. He highlights visionary thinkers who understood nuance and deep ideology and changed the course of the nation. As we approach the 2016 presidential election, Lewis has an urgent message for fellow conservatives: Embrace wisdom, humility, qualifications, and inclusion - or face extinction.

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Customer Reviews

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A great book for the conservative

Would you consider the audio edition of Too Dumb to Fail to be better than the print version?

I would.


What did you like best about this story?

The information about certain events I never knew before.


What about Matt K. Lewis’s performance did you like?

Everything The man's an excellent narrator.


What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

How the Time For Choosing speech that made Ronald Reagan's political career came to be.


Any additional comments?

A must-have for any political fans, and conservatives in general.

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- brian

Opposing viewpoint

So as a liberal atheist Democrat, I occasionally like to expose myself to the opposition viewpoint in order to broaden my appreciation of my conservative friends and their opinions. Matt Lewis does an excellent job articulating the conservative worldview (particularly from an evangelical perspective). He also displays keen insight into the challenges facing the Republican Party in particular, and the conservative movement in general, in an era of social media, constant news headlines, partisan news outlets, and the plethora of talking heads on both sides of the aisle. While I certainly don't agree with Mr. Lewis on much, I do appreciate his candor, and expect that the Republican establishment would benefit from a hard look in the mirror. This book is that mirror.
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- Howard G.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-26-2016
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio