In Contradictions in Conservatism, Dr. Farmer has provided a scathing polemic against conservatism in the United States, both the ideology and the policies that have emanated from that ideology. The political socialization process that produces political ideologies is explained along with the different ideological elements that make up American conservatism. Farmer reviews all of the major ideological segments of conservatism and illuminates their problems and contradictions. Farmer also includes a discussion the policies that conservatives have championed in several major policy areas, including the disastrous policies of the George W. Bush Administration, perhaps the most ideologically driven administration in American history. Farmer provides those interested in American Politics with a tool that helps explain the contradictions in conservatism, both in an ideological sense, and in a policy sense, and help the readers understand why conservatism does not have all of the right answers for America. The discussion is based primarily on facts and scholarly research, however, rather than ideological rhetoric, making the book much different and more valuable than the typical ideological ranting of today’s political editorial writers. Contradictions in Conservatism is a useful addition to anyone’s collection if they seek ammunition in explaining the disastrous policies pursued by conservatives and the inherent contradictions in conservative ideology.