The Conservative Heart

How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America

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Arthur C. Brooks, one of the country’s leading policy experts and the president of the American Enterprise Institute, offers a bold new vision for conservatism as a movement for happiness, unity, and social justice—a movement of the head and heart that boldly challenges the liberal monopoly on “fairness” and “compassion.”

Drawing on years of research, Brooks presents a social justice agenda for a New Right—an inclusive, optimistic movement with a positive agenda to fight poverty, promote equal opportunity, extol spiritual enlightenment, and help everyone lead happier and more fulfilling lives. Firmly grounded in the four “institutions of meaning”—family, faith, community, and meaningful work—it is a call for a government safety net that actually lifts people up and offers a vision of true hope through earned success.

Clear, well-reasoned, accessible, and free of vituperative politics, The Conservative Heart is a welcome strategy for conservatives looking for fresh, actionable ideas—and for politically independent citizens who believe that neither side is adequately addressing their needs or concerns.

  • George F. Will, Washington Post Columnist

    “Arthur Brooks understands not only that the way we think shapes the way we speak, but that the way we speak about social problems such as poverty and opportunity conditions the way we act. A thinking person’s primer for a conservative politics of human flourishing.”

  • Paul Ryan, Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives

    “Makes the case for why conservative principles should be at the center of our poverty-fighting efforts. Arthur is one of the best minds on these issues.”

  • Mike Lee, U.S Senator

    “This book is a blueprint for building a true social reform movement that ensures every American can pursue their happiness. The Conservative Heart should be required reading for every American who wants to transcend our broken status quo and reunite our country.”

  • Walter Isaacson, Bestselling author and former President of the Aspen Institute

    “In this smart and heartfelt book, Author Brooks shows how we can embrace both freedom and compassion to build a society that can flourish economically while also being inclusive. It’s a road map not only for a revitalized conservatism, but for finding common ground in a country that has become too ideologically polarized and detached from its moral purpose.”