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Our Lost Declaration

America's Fight Against Tyranny from King George to the Deep State
By: Mike Lee
Narrated by: Tom Parks
Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
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New York Times best-selling author and committed constitutional conservative Senator Mike Lee reveals the little-known stories behind the founders' takedown of a tyrannical king and the forgotten document that created America.

There is perhaps no more powerful sentence in human history, written in Philadelphia in the oppressively hot summer of 1776: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."

Despite the earth-shattering power of Jefferson's simple sentence and the document in which it is found, many Americans today don't understand or appreciate the Declaration's gravity. As a result, we have lost touch with much of what makes our country so special: the distinctly American belief in the dignity of every human soul.   

Our nation was born in an act of rebellion against an all-powerful government. In Our Lost Declaration, Senator Mike Lee tells the dramatic, little-known stories of the offenses committed by the British crown against its own subjects. From London's attempts to shut down colonial legislatures to hauling John Hancock before a court without a jury, the abuses of a strong central government were felt far and wide. They spurred our founders to risk their lives in defense of their rights, and their efforts established a vision of political freedom that would change the course of history.  

Lee shares new insights into the personalities who shaped that vision, such as:
 

  • Thomas Paine, a populist radical who nearly died making his voyage from Great Britain to the colonies before writing his revolutionary pamphlet, Common Sense.
  • Edmund Randolph, who defied his Loyalist family and served in the Virginia convention that voted for independence
  • Thomas Jefferson, who persevered through a debilitating health crisis to pen the document that would officially begin the American experiment.

Senator Lee makes vividly clear how many abuses of federal power today are rooted in neglect of the Declaration, including federal overreach that corrupts state legislatures, the judicial system, and even international trade. By rediscovering the Declaration, we can remind our leaders in Washington, DC, that they serve us - not the other way around.

©2019 Mike Lee (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“The Declaration was a death sentence to those who wrote it and signed it. Today it is nothing less than a death sentence to all those who do not read or understand it. This timely and critical follow-up to Senator Mike Lee's bestselling Written Out of History will quickly and clearly demonstrate how many truths that our country once described as 'self evident' are, today, anything but.” (Glenn Beck, host of TheBlaze and author of Addicted to Outrage, Liars, and Agenda 21)

“Every American, whatever their personal politics might be, can and should appreciate the genius of our Declaration of Independence, along with the struggle faced by Thomas Jefferson and his fellow founders to make this great experiment in democracy flourish. Senator Lee's new book expertly charts that experiment's dramatic and improbable beginnings.” (Sen. Joe Manchin, D - West Virginia) 

“Senator Mike Lee wrote this incredible story of liberty’s founding moment with the same passion for America's history and first principles that he brings to the Senate. In this book, you’ll encounter rigorous argument, thrilling history, and invaluable insights into what it means to be a patriot today.” (Sen. Lindsey Graham, R - South Carolina) 

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Great listen.

I would listen this again. I felt it was a well thought out book. The author took his time in research.

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  • M. Carling
  • Cedar City, UT United States
  • 04-30-19

A Must-read!

Any individual that loves their country must read this book. The Declaration of Independence has been forgotten and lost for far too long. Mike Lee's research is impeccable. The stories move the pages. A great ready for all patriots regardless if political ideology.

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Amazingly relevant!

This book reveals hidden principles of our country’s foundation and shows how, though mostly forgotten, they are amazingly relevant and absolutely needed to solve today’s critical problems!

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awsome

makes me love my country even more very informative Mike Lee it's a National Treasure

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Another Great Book from Mike Lee

I've listened to all of Mike Lee's books on audio and they uniformly display careful research, engaging prose, and outstanding story-crafting. He is careful in his articulation of how to interpret the Founding Fathers and grounds his reading of them in both primary sources and the event that surrounded them. Here, Lee illuminates how key figures used the Declaration of Independence to guide them through America's most challenging political troubles and in doing so how they used it's guiding light to secure freedom for the next generation.

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Bait and switch

The subtitle of this book refers to the fight against tyranny from King George to the Deep State. I expected an argument based on fact about the tyranny of the Deep State. The only factually-grounded example I recall about Deep State overreach was a reference in the tax increases that accompanied Obamacare, but even then the book lacks any explanation of what those taxes are or what purpose they serve. There are a lot of generalities about Americans becoming less free and government more intrusive but nothing much to support the assertion. If you are already on board, I imagine you would completely agree but there is nothing in the book to persuade the doubter. While the book contains a mildly interesting and breezy discussion of the history of how the Declaration of Independence came about, the declaration is scarcely quoted, though there are historical examples of events behind a few of the grievances it lists. Lee is a competent writer, albeit with a tendency to rely on cliches. The research is at times impressive, causing me to wonder who did it, Lee talks about Magna Carta as if it were the equivalent of a constitution, which an Oxford history professor explained to me is a mistake Americans often make.. Overall, if you are looking for a better understanding of the Deep State or even what it is, this won’t help much. Also, though I agree with Senator Lee’s thesis that Congress has delegated too much power to the executive branch and regulatory agencies, this book doesn’t present anything resembling practical solutions to the problem. Finally, as for over-delegation of powers, Lee mentions imposing tariffs as a power reserved to Congress but says not a word about President Trump’s unilateral imposition of tariffs, which surely Congress should either block or approve but won’t. Overall, the book is a nice romp through history but of little help to anyone trying to figure out how to improve upon the current mess.

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Well done

this book was very well researched and very well documented. and yet it was still a compelling listen

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Great History

I listened to this all in one sitting. I was driving tractor in a field all day with my head phones on. Really appreciated the history. Makes me know why I'm so proud of America's founding.

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