If You Can Keep It

The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty
Narrated by: Eric Metaxas
Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
Categories: History, Americas
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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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A must read for America!!!

I loved it! I am anxious to listen again. My favorite chapter is six, where the author is talking about the integrity and ability to be a leader. Does having integrity make a better leader if they are not qualified, or having the ability to lead, but no integrity? I believe both are necessary.

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Exceptional book

I truly enjoyed all the history and stories in this book. It should be read by every American! There is no way for our country to recover without first understanding how it was founded and embracing it. We have lost so much as a society.

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Timely word for America

The timely book that every American should be reading right now. Thank you Eric for spending the time to put this beautiful book together. I wish I would have learned even half of these stories in my many years of education. I'll be sharing this with everyone I know.

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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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Best possible read on July 4th.

Very compelling. Superbly well written. This filled a hideous hole in the public school education I received in the 60's and 70's in California. We must never forget what really makes America great and why it is so vitally important that it remain so.

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Dissertation

I found this book overall engaging. Eric Metaxas has done an amazing and admirable job with thorough research.

So why three stars? It reads like a senior thesis or dissertation. There are an exhausting amount of "Indeed" and "to be sure" and "to be clear" type phrases. Like, a lot.

The book, like the USA, is faith based. I liked it but recognize some people will be turned off by this. Overall though, a fantastic book.

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Not what I was expecting, but much better

To be honest, I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting. Maybe political commentary? What I actually got was more exciting and thought-provoking than imaginable. It was, from my perspective, a history of Christianity and Judeo-Christian values in America. This book ticked all the boxes for me. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it to anyone. I’m looking forward to reading/listening to more books by Eric Metaxas.

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A very timely book that every American should read.

I myself very much enjoyed reading this book and I was enlightened by it. The extensive discussion on the subjects of liberty and self governance were eye opening. I was especially challenged to study up on the history of America and what makes her great.

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liberty and virtue are worth dying for

Mr. Metaxas has outdone himself. Every good American should be familiar with this amazing story.

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Great story about the American founding

This is a thorough discussion of the events that led to the founding of the greatest nation on earth. Very well researched and the reading by the author is excellent.

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