Liberty and Tyranny is Mark R. Levin's clarion call to conservative America, a new manifesto for the conservative movement for the 21st century.
In the face of the modern liberal assault on Constitution-based values, an attack that has steadily snowballed since President Roosevelt's New Deal of the 1930s and resulted in a federal government that is a massive, unaccountable conglomerate, the time for re-enforcing the intellectual and practical case for conservatism is now. Conservative beliefs in individual freedoms do, in the end, stand for liberty for all Americans, while liberal dictates lead to the breakdown of civilized society - in short, tyranny.
Looking back to look to the future, Levin writes, "Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are our founding principles." And in a series of powerful essays, Levin lays out how conservatives can counter the liberal corrosion that has filtered into every timely issue affecting our daily lives, from the economy to health care, global warming, immigration, and more -- and illustrates how change, as seen through the conservative lens, is always prudent, and always an enhancement to individual freedom.
As provocative, well-reasoned, robust, and informed as his on-air commentary, Levin's narrative will galvanize listeners to begin a new era in conservative thinking and action.
©2009 Simon & Schuster, Inc.; ©2009 Mark R. Levin
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.
I will listen to it again because of the cotent and message, but it is a fairly dry listen.
I was hoping Mark Levin narrated the whole book. The narrators voice is monotone and is VERY hard to listen to. Content was good though.
I am used to Mark Levin on the radio, and you might know that sometimes he literally shouts at stupid people, but all of this personality was lost on this reader, absolutely no feel for the material, I like the book but the narration made it hard to get through.
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.
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.
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