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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Linda LaGesse Chippewa Falls, WI, US 02-20-17
    Linda LaGesse Chippewa Falls, WI, US 02-20-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Highly recommended read for all Americans"

    Metaxas examines liberty as it was defined when our country was born. A must read!

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    Desert Rose 02-17-17
    Desert Rose 02-17-17
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    "PROFOUNDLY ENLIGHTENING"

    I wish Eric narrated all of his books. His voice is great to listen to as is his radio talk show. This book should be required reading in schools and for all in government. Literally everyone would benefit if we returned to what it originally meant to be American.

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    Jim Calgary, AB, Canada 02-04-17
    Jim Calgary, AB, Canada 02-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "If Only We Would Read and Apply!"

    Wish the whole world would read this book with an open mind and heart of change

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    Sue 01-28-17
    Sue 01-28-17

    Sometimes I talk back to the books I'm listening to. And I'm thankful for the button that lets me go back 30 seconds, cause... you know.

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    "Very inspiring!"

    I love Eric Metaxas's writing, and he reads this with such passion. This is more than just an argument for patriotism and commitment to liberty. It's filled with great stories of people who made America what it is. I enjoyed it immensely.

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    David 01-25-17
    David 01-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent book"

    Every American should read it, thank you Eric Metaxa's for writing it. I plan on rereading it, thanks again.

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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
    RePete 11-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Heart Warming"

    We all need to remember the nobel dream for United States , especially during these times.

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    Gem 09-09-16
    Gem 09-09-16
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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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