This is my first listen on Audible and only the 3rd audiobook I have listened to. The other two were novels. It is a pretty dry and tedious subject matter to make exciting to listen to but you could feel the passion the author had for the subject and that helped.
The first two thirds of the book paint the rather bleak situation that America finds itself in and I was glad when he finally got to the later chapters on solutions and how to get there.
He really took his time making a strong argument for the need to reform the system. But as a result those with a short attention span may find this book too long. I shorter version may be better for that audience.
This is a vital book for the PEOPLE to read and hear. It is OUR government that has been taken from us. I'm not 100% sure of Mr. Lessig's proposed fixes, but this issue should be the #1 topic on the mind of all voters. Mr. Lessig does a compelling job convincing the listener of this fact.
I have not seen the print version but narration by the author reinforces the fact that despite rationale logical almost legalistic arguments he is driven by a love of his nation and grief over the loss of the fundamental characteristics of its republic.
Yes it is an astonishing insight into American politics and warning about how it could be in Australia.
The characterization of Obama as Lucy in the peanuts cartoon whipping away the football. It was evocative of a great tragedy and sadness rather than satire .
Along with movies like "Inside Job" this book makes it clear to the rest of the world unless America can bring government and governance back to the financial system it is going to break again and we will all suffer.
This is a truthful evaluation of the Obama presidency to date. It is written by a close friend, a liberal Democrat and very smart cookie (Harvard Professor). He very bravely sticks to the facts. He draws a startling distinction from the program promised by Mr. Obama in his campaign and what was delivered to the country.
The facts are stunningly in their impact to the thoughful reader, Democrat, Republican or Independent.
Hearing the truth is pretty shocking when it is broken down into specifics.
The first two hours of the Lessig presentation are so compelling you can not turn it off.
Fantastic research reflected in this book. Interesting insights. Helps you understand much of the dysfunction that exists in Washington. You may not agree with the book, but the discussion is very enlightening and the writing is very good.
I love how Lessig articulated the problems with money in politics in a way that I could understand. I had felt discomfort with the lobbyist-politician-corporation cycle, but I couldn't intelligently articulate why. Lessigs gives clear explanations and concrete examples to back up his theories. I didn't necessarily agree with everything he said (I thought his example describing the problem with the educational system was a bit oversimplified), but he makes a compelling overall case.
I have seen Lessig's TED talks and heard his interview for this book on the Daily show. The professor is both knowledgeable and able to communicate in easily understandable terms. His vocal performance in the book is OK, but he gets into
I would highly recommend this entertaining and informative audio book.
The author not only explains what has gone wrong in the US government but how we got here and offers sensible (if long view) solution(s). Well written and engaging. Regardless of your political views if you care about our country you need to read this book. In fact it should be required in high school civics classes.
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The old system is not working. Lawrence Lessig gives good explanation on how Congress Senate, and Lobbyists, works. Instead of focusing an election every 4 years, how about revamping our Constitution and let the citizens decide on what is best.
This is a requirement read for reform for change, and not rely on a single candidate that we elect into the office. No matter who we vote for, the process is always the same with empty promises. Our country is base on democracy, but yet, there is no voice from the people.
Instead of four "more" years or four "new" years, we should restructure the process of doing business on "K" Street.