To Make Men Free:
A History of the Republican Party
A Life of Nelson Rockefeller Random House, 2014, 880 pp., $38
Conservatism’s patron saint, Ronald Reagan, said the trouble with liberals was “not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that so much of what they know isn’t so.” So it is with their view of the conservative movement. Focusing on rhetoric that invokes anti-government themes, critics often seem to believe that the modern conservative seeks to repeal the entire 20th century.