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If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty

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Publisher's Summary

From the number-one New York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas comes If You Can Keep It, a new book that is part history and part manifesto, steeped in a critical analysis of our founding fathers' original intentions for America. Two hundred and forty years after the Declaration of Independence, it examines how we as a nation are living up to our founders' lofty vision for liberty and justice.

If You Can Keep It is at once a thrilling review of America's uniqueness, and a sobering reminder that America's greatness cannot continue unless we truly understand what our founding fathers meant for us to be. The book includes a stirring call-to-action for every American to understand the ideals behind the "noble experiment in ordered liberty" that is America. It also paints a vivid picture of the tremendous fragility of that experiment and explains why that fragility has been dangerously forgotten - and in doing so it lays out our own responsibility to live those ideals and carry on those freedoms.

Metaxas believes America is not a nation bounded by ethnic identity or geography, but rather by a radical and unprecedented idea, based upon liberty and freedom. It's time to reconnect to that idea before America loses the very foundation for what made it exceptional in the first place.

©2016 Eric Metaxas (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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    D. Sangster Hartford, CT USA 07-23-16
    D. Sangster Hartford, CT USA 07-23-16 Member Since 2016

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    "A book every American that loves America should read."

    We in America today have lost the very concepts that were essential for our system of government to work and thrive. Eric has written an elegant wake up call to our contemporary culture, saying that if we don't understand what it takes for the United States to work we will forever lose her and be Americans in name only.

    I would recommend this book to all patriots who still love our country and have not given up on her.

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    MICHAEL BERENS 12-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Loving Liberty, and those who pursue it"

    Roots of America's freedom are vividly recounted by the gifted storyteller, Eric Metaxas.There is recovery of lost (or buried) heroes, sharp perspective on the meaning and significance of character in leaders, and a fresh look (again) of a lofty place for America in global ambitions if its people aspire for fulfillment. A stirring and provocative read (or listen).

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    J. Maxon Adams, NY 12-01-16
    J. Maxon Adams, NY 12-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Slightly Disappointing"
    Would you recommend If You Can Keep It to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book sparingly. I think the author started with a very good thesis but gets muddled along the way to the end of the book. There were plenty of salient libertarian points, but it gets lost a bit in the neoconservatism in the middle.


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    I had very high hopes that this book would earn a place in the pantheon of libertarian books, but it just didn't quite hit the mark.

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    RePete 11-28-16
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    We all need to remember the nobel dream for United States , especially during these times.

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    "A must read in such a time as now."

    This book made me love America even more!
    It brings clarity to how our government came about.

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    Elizabeth 09-07-16
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    "Surprise for Our Times"

    What an inspiring, eye-opening, well told hope for America's future! This book should be read by people of all backgrounds, biases and beliefs.

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    Juan Posada 08-20-16
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    "A must-read for every US High School Student"

    This book is absolutely superb. It is heart-warming,enlightening and very revealing about the true spirint of American Exceptionalism.

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    "Must read for our time."

    A primer on the real meaning, history, context and relevance of American exceptionalism and why it matters for the future of the USA.

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    "Truth justice and the American Way"

    A timely tome that concisely nails America today. Delivered in an easy going unpretentious manner. The message is clear and true. An uplifting thought provoking essay that rings the bells of freedom for anyone and everyone.

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    BJ Downing 08-08-16
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    "A shot in the arm every American needs today!"

    The writer clearly explains how we got off topic back in the 60s and what changed in America and why we need to get back to it now.

    Every parent should demand their children be taught American History from this perspective or should pull their children out of government run schools!

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