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.
EVERYTHING Mr Levin writes in his book is coming True. The left is making a full frontal assault on our most cherished liberties. Soon we will not be free from Tyrany. Read this book and then GET INVOLVED. There is still time to reclaim America "for the People" as our founding Fathers envissioned, but ,TIME IS RUNNING OUT!
By the way, I'm one of those"EXTREEME RIGHT WING RADICALS " that must be "CLOSELY MONITORED" (spied upon) because I believe in God, free speech,the right to bear arms, marriage between a man and a woman only, and SMALLER not BIGGER Government!!
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.
This book starts out great by highlighting the intellect of the founding fathers and their call for liberty for all. Unfortunately, the author spends the majority of the book putting down people who call for the provision of liberty to all through the reform of the economic system. Also, he puts down people who believe in reforming our sources of energy and who agree with maintaining the composition of the atmosphere. Then the book describes how migration has contributed to the modification of US culture from a democratic culture to a culture of concentrated oppressive power and how the nation has been infiltrated and damaged by illegal immigration. Overall, the concept of liberty is described well in that individuals should be free from arbitrary bureaucratic control but the concept of liberty is confused with specific views on modern issues such as the movement for clean energy which contributes to division among differing groups. There are many people who believe in clean energy harvested in a dispersed manner which contributes to liberty by providing freedom from concentrated and regulated dirty energy production. In closing, this book may both please you and frustrate you depending on your past experiences and it continues to confuse ideas regarding liberty and money, but the name of the book is Liberty and Tyranny so I suppose it delivers on both topics embarrassingly.
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 believe in hearing both sides of an argument and this book is full of many but as arguments go they must be backed up with proofs. This book has none that I could find. The author does us quotes from historical figures, but, as we should have learned from the Bible and religion, quotes can be taken just about any way we desire. This author has a very narrow minded view of the world and makes assumptions about others based on nothing but, what he calls, "observations". Don't we all wish things were that simple. This book, by its publishing and subsequent best seller status, implies that any of us can make assumptions about what others are thinking based on pure observation. Please learn your history folks. That is a more accurate avenue for understanding the liberal mind and why people think a certain way and others another.