Arthur Brooks: BATTLE - How the Fight Between Free Enterprise & Big Government Will Shape America

Union League Club's Authors Group

Business Book Roundtable

June 23, 2010: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

America is facing a new culture war—not centered on hot-button issues like gun control, abortion, or gay rights, it is instead a war between the clashing worldviews of free enterprise and statism. In THE BATTLE: How the Fight Between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America’s Future celebrated economist and author Arthur C. Brooks argues that American capitalism is under attack, and sets forth a practical plan to defend it against an increasingly powerful move towards big government.


The Union League Club
65 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, Illinois

Event Details

The president of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, Brooks argues that the case for free enterprise has been mishandled by conservatives, who have framed the issue as a primarily economic one, inviting accusations of corporate greed. Free enterprise is more than an economic issue, he claims—it is an ethical matter of preserving the values that define us as a nation: individual liberty, equal opportunity, entrepreneurship, and self-reliance. Not only economically beneficial, capitalism is a cornerstone of American identity. THE BATTLE outlines how the forces of socialism have resurged in recent years, and how—with control over government, money, and power—they are poised to drastically change not only the American economy, but the fundamentals that shape our culture. With a foreword by Newt Gingrich, THE BATTLE sets out Brooks’ moral case for free enterprise and details his plan to get America back on track. At once a call to action and a crucial redefinition of the political and cultural chasm that divides our nation, the book sets forth an agenda to protect capitalism and reclaim the moral high ground for conservatives, and anyone who believes in defending the principles that have defined our nation since its inception.


$35.00. Does not include book.


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Business or business casual attire required. No jeans allowed.

Deadline: 6/22/2010


11:30 AM-1:00 PM: Luncheon, Presentation, Q&A and Book Signing

Speaker Profiles

Arthur C. Brooks (Speaker)
President, American Enterprise Institute

Arthur C. Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a non-partisan public policy think tank (???) in Washington, D.C. committed to expanding liberty, increasing individual opportunity, and strengthening free enterprise. Until 2009, Brooks was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government Policy at Syracuse University, where his research focused on the intersections of economics, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy. Previously, Brooks spent 12 years as a professional French hornist with the City Orchestra of Barcelona and other ensembles. He is a native of Seattle and currently lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife Ester and their three children. Arthur has written eight books, including Gross National Happiness: Why Happiness Matters for America—and How We Can Get More of It (Basic Books, 2008), Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth about Compassionate Conservatism (Basic Books, 2006), and the graduate business textbook Social Entrepreneurship (Prentice-Hall, 2008).


Dana Damyen 
Principal, TwoRoads Solutions

Other Information

Luncheon followed by author presentation, Q&A and book signing. Books available for sale at the event.