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About the Author

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano is Fox News Channel's senior judicial analyst, currently seen by millions of viewers weeknights on The Big Story and The O'Reilly Factor. Napolitano is the youngest person in New Jersey history to receive a lifetime judgeship. He is bright (graduate of Princeton and Notre Dame Law School), articulate (four times voted most outstanding professor at the two law schools at which he taught), and broadcast-experienced (as a daily fixture on Fox News Channel since 1998). He is the author of Constitutional Chaos and The Constitution In Exile.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595553509
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595553508
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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107 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Doglover on October 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Before reading the book, I was not familiar with Judge Napolitano's ideas about government. I didn't even get to the first chapter when I suddenly had an inkling of what this book might entail. This happened the precise moment when I read that the book was dedicated to Ron Paul, the man known for wanting to limit government control and protect our constitutional rights.

Judge Napolitano brings up great points and references showing how our constitutional rights are being trampled repeatedly. He doesn't hold back on anyone. He criticizes Republican and Democrat presidents equally.

He makes some great points and backs it up with references. It was scary to learn how big the government has grown in its quest to protect each and every one of us equally while encroaching on our constitutional rights.

Judge Napolitano has some very controversial views. Let's just start with a few of them. Organs (the kind tucked away in human bodies) should be bought and sold legally, gay marriages should be legal, drugs should be legal, prostitution should be legal. His logic is sound as far as measuring these laws against constitutional rights. Unfortunately his views are not very mainstream and may be alarming to some people.

After reading this book, I felt disturbed that the government disregards our constitutional rights, and at the same time, I was left with a helpless feeling. I think a book like this would be great for students learning about history, but I doubt any school would allow a book in the classroom that promotes legalizing drugs and prostitution. A quote straight out of the book "If you want to ingest drugs, the government should not stop you.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By w2005blca on October 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
While reading, "It's Dangerous to be Right When the Government is Wrong," I was surprised to find out how much my own personal points of view seemed to be more along the lines of natural law. There were many instances, in the book, in which you could see the wrong the government had done and the difference between what freedom is and what government tends to do. It also changed the way I view the meaning of certain words. Such as property and it's relation to the person as well as physical property.

I found this book an interesting and quite disturbing read in some ways, because in very few of the cases was there ever an acceptable reason to have not have admitted wrong doing to the individual. This was definitely a compelling read and I found it to be more interesting than fiction and almost hoped it was fiction. I would recommend this book to anyone who really wants to know where they stand about what they believe in in this country. This will help them know the difference between freedom and what we actually have.

All opinions are 100% my own (as always. I did receive this book compliments of BookSneeze.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful By fizzle7033 on October 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am a big fan of the Judges, I always enjoy his commentaries on Fox News and jumped at the chance to review this book. As my followers are aware, I am a dyed in the wool conservative, and I always find his insights very informative. This book was no different. While the introduction was a little dry, the rest of the book was very enlightening. I sometimes find the direction our country is taking scary, and it was interesting to see examples of the way our liberties and freedoms are violated.
The book cites differing court cases and legal opinions and lays out the ways these rulings run counter to the ideals of our Founding Fathers. I especially enjoy the research that Napolitano has put into these issues and his commentary is insightful as usual. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is conservative and concerned about the direction our country is taking.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jeff S on October 20, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I just finished reading Judge Andrew Napolitano's It is Dangerous To Be Right When the Government Is Wrong: The Case for Personal Freedom, and the Insta-Review is simple: If you claim to love the Constitution, If you claim to love Liberty, If you claim to love America, If you claim to love God, if even a single one of the previous fits you, READ THIS BOOK!

Even as a former Libertarian Party official and founder of my own somewhat influential libertarian leaning political blog, I was not overly aware of the Judge's positions prior to reading this book, even though his work is frequently cited among my political allies and genuine personal friends. The reason is simple: I detest talk radio and TV pundits with a passion - I don't watch ANY of them, not even ones I would agree with, as it seems I would with the Judge.

In this book, the Judge starts by explaining what the concept of "Natural Rights" and the "Natural Law" are. Quite simply, they are the innate rights we all share as individual humans, whether you believe - as the Judge explains - that these rights came from our Creator or simply because we are human.

From that foundation, the Judge proceeds to tackle a wide range of issues, from cause celebres of the right (immigration, abortion, gun rights, etc) to cause celebres of the left (unions, free speech, privacy, etc), and a whole lot of stuff in between. In each case, he explains what the relevant Natural Law is and how government in the United States actively infringes upon that Law. In other words, this is a book that is bound to have some chapters that will piss off dang near everyone in the country, other than those of us with a pre-existing commitment to Liberty, pure and simple.
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