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- Listening Length: 12 hours and 2 minutes
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- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: December 21, 2009
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0031KN6TS
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Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union Audible – Unabridged
Top Customer Reviews
The book is an excellent documentation of the theft of our democracy. Swanson presents a thoroughly documented analysis of the creation of the imperial presidency. This grounding is fundamental for citizens to have the tools to counter the blather that passed as news and neo-con talking points for eight years - and continues now as the talking heads try to block any investigation of those crimes.
David Swanson also provides suggestions and strategies for an activist citizen's movement to (1) address the undermining of the Constitution and balance of powers, and (2) to return citizen voice and power to the ruling of our nation.
One of the issues that people across the political spectrum should agree on, is the long term threat that the powers stolen by the Bush presidency will pass from President to President unless they are challenged. Swanson (and most in the impeachment movement) are aware of this as well. There is a consistent effort to paint those who want thorough investigations - with prosecution where warranted and legislative remedy where needed - as wanting "revenge," or having "political" interests, or just "Bush Bashers." However, we know and Swanson makes clear, the stakes are much higher - the future of any functioning democracy in the United States.
This book is more than a "read it" book. Swanson has created a reference manual for activists. Daybreak is chock full of organizational strategy and mechanisms. It provides a vision of what a citizen involved democracy in the United States could look like - and how to get there.
My recommendation: Get it, read it, share it. Kudos and thanks to David Swanson.
As someone who worked for Congressman Wexler's campaign and his push for impeachment hearings, I can attest to David's fighting spirit and breadth of knowledge. His comprehensive understanding of the supporting evidence - coupled with a singular clarity of the legislative process and players - made him an vital resource.
There are surely plenty of people who disagree with him on Impeachment and/or his approach, but few that have been witness to his dedication, or have heard him speak in defense of the rule of law, could reasonably question his commitment to basic principles of justice and our constitution.
This book not only outlines the broad effort to hold our leaders accountable for their actions (and in some cases, inaction) - but it serves as a guide to understanding how today's activists can still find their voice heard (and force movement) despite the complex political dynamics that govern today's government.
One side note - whether or not you're an impeachment advocate or simply interested in political science, the notes section alone (and its rich collection of sources and links) make this book a must-have.
Cynthia Papermaster, National Accountability Action Network
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best books I've read about our REAL Government! It ain't in the school books! It ain't in the newspapers, TV, or radio. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bibliophile
One of the most prescient writers of our time; unrivaled in his ambition to expose and decipher daily assaults on our existence in America as we were accustomed to think of... Read morePublished on October 19, 2013 by cherry a ridler
As of this writing in early 2010, several recent developments underscore why "Daybreak" deserves the overwhelmingly favorable responses it's been receiving from early reviewers. Read morePublished on January 25, 2010 by Andrew Kreig
I get it. He hates Bush.
If you like paranoid hate, or know someone into mindless Bush bashing, this is your book
If there is one sentence in Swanson's remarkable book that bears repeating, it is this: "The first step in closing down an empire is bringing its emperors and oligarchs under the... Read morePublished on October 25, 2009 by Charlotte Dennett
This book is an excellent articulation of the issues. It's major drawback, however, is the naiveté of its suggestions for addressing them. Read morePublished on October 12, 2009 by Riis
This book reads like a conversation and hits very important points the officials in Washington want you to ignore. Read morePublished on October 6, 2009 by W. Fleming
Being an Iraq War Veteran, and author myself, I was wary when I picked up this book--as I am picking up any political book. Read morePublished on October 5, 2009 by Amazon Customer
I find this book most informative. It re-inforces what I thought happened during the Bush administration, puts everything in place for me. Read morePublished on October 1, 2009 by dottie G.
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