A Choice Not an Echo
A Choice Not an Echo was one of the most influential political writings in American history, along with Thomas Paine's Common Sense.
A Choice Not an Echo sold millions of copies in 1964 in order to prevent liberal, pro-abortion Nelson Rockefeller from winning the Republican nomination for president. The book was authored and self-published by Phyllis Schlafly in the time period leading up to the Republican National Convention, where the book propelled Barry Goldwater to a stunning upset of Rockefeller for the nomination.
Many people became conservative as a result of reading, including:
- Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee
- Richard Land, longtime leader of the Southern Baptist Convention
- South Carolina Senator John Courson
- Ray Moore, founder of the "exodus" from public schools movement
At the time of their being converted by the book, neither Mike Huckabee nor Richard Land new a single Republican (they grew up in the South in the middle of the 20th century).
Others who have commented on being influenced by reading the book are:
- Ed Feulner, who built the Heritage Foundation
- Sylvia Vrabec Estes Park, Colorado, who said "A Choice not an Echo will always remain my political foundation." -
This book is 15 chapters and 126 pages long, including references, and included an endorsement by the conservative older brother (Edgar) of the former President Dwight Eisenhower.