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Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto [Kindle Edition]

Mark R. Levin
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Don’t miss syndicated radio host and author Mark Levin's #1 New York Times acclaimed and longtime bestselling manifesto for the conservative movement.

When nationally syndicated radio host Mark R. Levin’s Liberty and Tyranny appeared in the early months of the Obama presidency, Americans responded by making his clarion call for a new era in conservatism a #1 New York Times bestseller for an astounding twelve weeks. As provocative, well-reasoned, robust, and informed as his on-air commentary, with his love of our country and the legacy of our Founding Fathers reflected on every page, Levin’s galvanizing narrative provides a philosophical, historical, and practical framework for revitalizing the conservative vision and ensuring the preservation of American society.

In the face of the modern liberal assault on Constitution-based values, an attack that has resulted in a federal government that is a massive, unaccountable conglomerate, the time for reinforcing the intellectual and practical case for conservatism is now. In a series of powerful essays, Levin lays out how conservatives can counter the tyrannical liberal corrosion that has filtered into every timely issue affecting our daily lives, from the economy to health care, global warming to immigration, and more.

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Author and conservative talk radio host Levin (Rescuing Sprite, Men in Black) takes on the Statist, a liberal straw man, in this collection of polemics against left-wing tenets (like "economic and social justice"), touchstones (like the New Deal) and institutions (strongholds of liberal thought like academia and the mainstream media). With "an insatiable appetite for control" and a veil of "moral indignation," Levin finds the Statist not only in congressional Democrats and President Obama's White House, but in "neo-Statists" like compassionate conservative Michael Gerson, and the Fed and Treasury under G.W. Bush. Many of Levin's arguments reiterate familiar tropes, including a "strict constructionist" view of the Constitution that sees Social Security as patently un-American. Predictably, Levin opposes the extension of health benefits, derides global warming (implicating Obama's "global warming czar" as a leader in "the Socialist International's Commission for a Sustainable World Society"), and fights back against immigrants, whom the Statist portrays "as universally more virtuous than the citizen." For those new to the Tea Party, Levin offers a handy roundup of conservative talking points, but anyone paying attention to talk radio over the past few years won't learn anything new.
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"It is a rarity that an important book arrives at its perfect moment. Such is the case with Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto...Against this tidal wave, Mark Levin offers not so much a defense as a plan of attack, a clarion call to roll back the seas of Change." -- Andrew C McCarthy, The New Criterion

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1,036 of 1,154 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I am a Democrat who enjoyed this book. April 8, 2009
I've been a Democrat for as long as I can remember. I am not a far left liberal, or a "Statist" as Mark would say. I do wonder though if Mark thinks all Democrats are Statists. I consider myself a Democrat simply because I am a little left of center, I am more conservative when it comes to fiscal matters and liberal when it comes to social issues. But as a Democrat, I enjoyed this book and I urge other people who may not see themselves as Conservatives to have an open mind and read this book. It is very well written and Mr. Levin makes many great points. If you're not a Conservatives, this book will not change your views overnight, so don't worry. Also, this book is not "Republican propaganda" as other reviewers, who probably didn't read the book, have labeled it. However, this book might open your eyes to things you never thought of before. After reading this book, I do have much more respect for true Conservative principles that Mr. Levin outlines. This was a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Conservative Catechism March 24, 2009
By Charlie
This book is perfect for the individual who has always "felt" conservative, but couldn't quite explain herself. Mark Levin's "Liberty and Tyranny" begins with an excellent overview of where our country is as a constitutional republic and how we got here. He then states clearly his book's theme and rallying cry -- Conservatives must know the philosophical foundations for the principles they purport to advance in order to defend liberty from the "soft tyranny" of modern liberalism.

Levin goes on meticulously (many more than 300 endnotes), but plainly explaining the principles of classic conservative philosophy of "prudent" progress, a government that is subservient to the people (rather than the other way around), the fundamental truth that rights are not derived from the government but from a higher power, that the free market system more than any other in history provides the best, most efficient and most just opportunity for individual prosperity as well as for the general welfare, and much much more.

Levin's book provides ample evidence of government encroachment on individual liberty and our country's descent into the soft tyranny warned of by Alexis de Tocqueville in our country's earliest years. Economic regulation, environmental extremism, the usurpation of representative government by the judiciary, unprecedented and uncontrolled illegal influx of people into out country, and the like threaten our economic viability. Finally, Levin's book details how the liberal (and some so-called conservative) political elite rejects the notion of American Exceptionalism and seek to surrender voluntarily the sovereignty our forefathers fought and died to give and to preserve for us.

This is a must read for those who wish to understand, defend and advance Conservatism
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Left doth protest too much...with their silence March 24, 2009
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In general, the louder someone complains, the closer you are to the truth. I anticipate numerous ad hominem 'reviews' from statists posted here. Do not let them talk you out of reading Liberty & Tyranny.

In any given generation, there are only a handful authors and thinkers whose creations can survive the ravages of time and the shifting sands of societal evolution. It is rarer still when a key book is written, recognized, and celebrated contemporarily.

Mark R. Levin logically lays out what has made the United States of America different from all other nations in the history of humanity. He re-introduces us to the founders and framers, and those people who inspired them long ago. At its most basic elements, our country was founded on the ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness...and that we have these rights conferred on us, not by man or government, but by Natural Law, which originates with the Creator. Mr. Levin puts us back in touch with our founding doctrines, which are the at the very heart of what conservatism is and has always been.

For too long, Conservatives have let themselves be defined by the media. Mr. Levin's book recasts what it is to be a proud Conservative, and gives voice to those who are often silent in the face of ideological slander. If you believe in this great country, if you believe in truth and honesty, if you believe in life and principles, if you believe in freedom and patriotism, if you believe that all people are created equal and it is up to the individual to succeed according to their talents and interests, and if you believe in a smaller efficient government, and lower taxes, then this book is for you.

NY Times Best Seller - Hardcover Nonfiction - #1 for 12, #2 for 6 weeks!
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666 of 821 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Voice for our Times March 24, 2009
Finally, someone is able to encapsulate the current mess the US is in into a succinct, comprehensive thesis that explains not only where we are, how we got here but, most importantly, what to do about it.

An engrossing read that introduces new terminology in the use of the word 'Statist' instead of 'Liberal' to better pinpoint the mindset and agenda of the far left (as they have strayed so far from the path that to call them liberal is to insult true liberals everywhere). Mark Levine deserves two thumbs up, five stars, and a Medal of Honor for telling it like it is.

Rebecca Melvin, author of In the Brief Eternal Silence
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE GREAT ONE!!
Everyone should read this. Mr. Levin says it like it is. I listen to his radio show and he's right on the mark!!!
Published 2 days ago by Cheryl Ann Ciber
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Well written book, very informative. Mark Levin has great ideas how to extricate the United States from the current desperate condition they are in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Liberty and Tyranny Review
Mr. Levin articulates quite well the foundations of constitutional conservatism by making it understandable and applicable to the common man. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Robert J Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
This book should be read in one hand and a dictionary in the other. Mark Levin's vocabulary is so vast I need to look up 1-2 words on every page. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Ken sutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
Join this man's efforts to return to the constiution. Listen to his radio program. Support our patriots and our Nation- take it back!
Published 19 days ago by Martha
5.0 out of 5 stars A Constitutional Companion
While this book does not intend to replace our constitution, it certainly does an expert job of relating constitutional principles, how we have strayed from them, along with how &... Read more
Published 26 days ago by MrDJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written book
If you are experimenting with the conservative ideology then this is a wonderful book to read. It may open your eyes too wide -- so be prepared to take breaks to consider your... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Geri H. Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars The GREAT ONE STRIKES AGAIN
This was another book I purchased for my brother and I got to sneak a few peaks before I mailed it. Mark is his favorite so I knew he would love it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MB
5.0 out of 5 stars Liberty and Tyranny
Mark Levin demonstrates in his book how we're already living this through the people we elect, when we don't do our homework, when electing people who don't care our about our... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michelle A. Osborne
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark R. Levin is a great American patriot who share his disdain of big...
Dr. Mark R. Levin is a lawyer and former Reagan administration member. Levin is best known for his conservative talk radio program which is broadcast nationally. Read more
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Mark R. Levin is a nationally syndicated talk radio host and president of Landmark Legal Foundation. He has also worked as an attorney in the private sector and as a top adviser and administrator to several members of President Reagan's cabinet. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book Liberty and Tyranny, as well as New York Times bestselling books Rescuing Sprite and Men in Black: How the Supreme Court Is Destroying America, Mark holds a B.A. from Temple University and a J.D. from Temple University School of Law.

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It's time for a new politcal party:
I understand your frustration but we do not have to start a new political party. Turn that grassroots effort into getting the RINOs out of the Republican Party. It starts at the local level and moves up. Identify the RINOs - school boards, county commissioners, Mayors, state reps, Governors,... Read more
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Probably got flagged. What did they say? Can't just write a 1-star review that says "this sux" and expect it to stay up.

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Levin is the standard bearer for conservatives
S. Clark, you're music to my ears friend! The Great One is truly a voice the libs hate; he's also a great Patriotic American and here's why. Right now I'm currently stationed in Iraq for the 2nd time. One of the biggest things I miss about home (other then the wife) is talk radio. Most the... Read more
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