Journal of ISSN: 2373-6445JPCPY

Psychology & Clinical Psychiatry
Opinion
Volume 4 Issue 3 - 2015
Book Review of It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good
Dr. Samuel A Nigro M.D*
Retired, Assistant Clinical Professor Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, USA
Received: October 15, 2015 | Published: November 24, 2015
*Corresponding author: Dr. Samuel A Nigro M.D, Retired, Assistant Clinical Professor Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 2517 Guilford Road, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118, USA, Tel: 216 932-0575; Email:
Citation: Nigro SA (2015) Book Review of It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good. J Psychol Clin Psychiatry 4(3): 00203. DOI: 10.15406/jpcpy.2015.04.00203

Opinion

Book Review of

It takes a family: conservatism and the Common good by Rick Santorum (2005) ISI Books, Wilmington, pp. 449.

It Takes a Family(not a village, all you officious meddlers. a family) is the title of a new book by a good senator. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. It is marvellous. There is a pleasant surprise on almost every page, usually in the form of a Socratic anecdote or an intriguing parable-like story. Civilizing messages are distilled from the author's presentation of contemporary life and its assorted problems.

In a succinct, pointed fashion, current deleterious trends running counter to civilized life are dissected, and constructive alternatives are presented. Areas covered include family life. freedom, posterity, dignity, virtue, culture, public policy, and educational excellence. Forty chapters cover almost every contemporary issue in a positive way. It is especially refreshing to realize that the author is himself an example of that virtuous citizen whom he commends and celebrates. Convinced as I am that "politics is infernally corrupting," I am astonished that a successful (so far) politician could write this book. Maybe he is too honest to be retained by the power brokers. Let's just hope that Pennsylvanians have enough sense to know that they have a real citizen-statesman in office, for a change.

"Like every father," the author writes, "I want to pass on to my own children something more than I received. As an American, I want to hand on to all our children a country renewed in social. economic, moral, cultural and intellectual capital." If the precepts contained in this book were to be followed, that is exactly what would happen.

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