Liberty & Tyranny is a fantastic book. Dr. Levin's predictive powers are a bit uncanny given that this book was researched and written before the election of President Barack Obama and discusses many of the changes that are already in the process of being championed by the new administration.
Regardless of your political persuasion, this book offers some fascinating insights into both the history of American political thought and into what the future may hold for all of us if we continue on our present course.
This book touches on many themes - history, politics, economics and social policy among them - and clarifies basic tenants of conservatism in the context of the relationship between the U.S. Constitution, the individual and the body politic.
If you are like me, once you read this book you will want to share it with others.
I'll be honest. I'm not a big fan of his show. Why? He can be unnecessarily short tempered with listeners at times, and he complains too much about Glenn Beck. But the book is definitely worth the read, or in this case, the listen.
Levin outlines succinctly exactly what conservative thought is, and how that conflicts with the extreme left- ie the statist. I think there are those of us who knew instinctively that something was wrong, but we could not verbalize it. It had yet to manifest itself. This book confirms everything in your gut. Tons of raw information in this book as well as important history lessons. The most important takeaway, is how the terms liberal/conservative have been so warped by propaganda, advertising and general ignorance. You may call yourself a liberal today, but that does not mean that you are the same liberal that Jefferson, et al were. If anything the liberalism of yesteryear, is reincarnated in today's conservative. Never forget that.
The only con for me was that he did not read the whole book. I think Levin carries with him a certain passion in his speech, that would have this book all the more stirring. Maybe he could put out a second edition.
I thought that this would be a ranting book similar to what you hear when you here Levin on his talk show. I was very surprised and impressed, however, at not only his analysis, but his in depth research and documentation. For conservatives, this is a must read. For "liberals" (or in Levin's words "Statists") this is not a book that can be discounted as being a conservative rant. I can see why it has been number 1 on the non-fiction best seller's list for so long. Great book! Highly recommended! If I were a liberal or a statist, I would not want to read it for fear it would change my philosophy.
As a self-identifying conservative, I had high hopes for this book, mostly predicated on its popularity (I know, that is a terrible strategy). After sitting through the book, I am left underwhelmed. I really wanted to enjoy this book and am sorry to give it a poor review, but have to say: if you are a conservative looking to be inspired, look elsewhere.
My metric for a good book is what I take away from it after it is finished. My metric for an audiobook is if it can make bumper-to-bumper traffic a tad more enjoyable. On both counts Levin's book falls short. There isn't any tidbit of insight gained from this book that I would share in conversation, no great quotes that made me think 'I need to remember that,' and I can't think of any way this book has improved my life. Levin's research wasn't compelling and his arguments came across as weak.
As for the audiobook version, the narration was grating and the narrator sounded computer generated; with little inflection or emotion. All in all, listening to it did not improve my daily rush hour commute.
Maybe the physical book is better, but I cannot recommend "Liberty and Tyranny" in good faith.
I'm an engineer living in Vancouver, Canada.
Thanks, Mark for distilling 300+ million americans into less 10 people. "The Status is ...", "Hollywood is ...". America is a country where the populous has more in common that not. However Mark Levin, and other talking heads like him, make a living driving a wedge between the small differences we all have.
Mark, your concepts of tyranny are just that; concepts. You have no idea what real tyranny is! Visit China, North Korea, Iran, Saudi Arabia, to name but a few, to truly see tyranny.
Lastly the book is as dry as Death Valley. It couldn't have been written from a more boring, academic, standpoint. I have to admit I got two-thirds through the book and had to stop fearful of my sanity failing me. Not sure how many times I yelled at my car stereo whilst listening to this drivel but it was lots.
Mark, if you truly want to write a good book, and selling lots of copies doesn't make it good, write about what brings us together as a country and not what divides us. Don't mistake the democratic process with tyranny.
I had high hopes for this book. I like Mr. Levin's writings for National Reivew (and love that publication). But, this book seems unlikely to persuade anyone to join the ranks of conservatives nor for conservatives to adopt his manifesto. I was glad to see a conservative book high on the best seller list (particularly one that isn't a screed a la Ann Coulter). But, this one is so filled with conclusory statements and devoid of persuasive argument as to render it not very useful. He seems to transition from one contemporary issue to the next without rhyme or reason.