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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439194920
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439194928
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #995,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

An Emmy and duPont-Colombia Award-winning journalist, and the youngest state judge to ever be elected in Texas, Catherine Crier is now a managing partner in Cajole Entertainment developing television, film and documentary projects. Crier, a native of Dallas, is the New York Times bestselling author of DEADLY GAME and THE CASE AGAINST LAWYERS. She has appeared on CNN, ABC News, Fox News, and Court TV, where she has her own show, Catherine Crier Live.

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An Emmy and duPont-Columbia Award-winning journalist, and the youngest state judge to ever be elected in Texas. A Dallas native, Crier earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and international affairs from the University of Texas and her Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University School of Law. She began her career in law in 1978 as an Assistant District Attorney then Felony Chief Prosecutor for the Dallas County District Attorney's office. From 1982 to 1984, Crier was a civil litigation attorney with Riddle & Brown, handling complex business and corporate matters. In 1984, she was elected to the 162nd District Court in Dallas County, Texas as a State District Judge. Shortly after her reelection to a second term on the bench, a chance meeting with a television news executive led to a dramatic career change.

In September, 1989, Crier was hired to co-anchor the premiere evening newscast on CNN. Additionally, she co-anchored Inside Politics, all election coverage, and hosted Crier & Company, a talk show covering news, politics and international issues. Crier joined ABC News in 1993 as a correspondent on 20/20 and as a regular substitute anchor for Peter Jennings on ABC's World News Tonight and substitute host on Nightline. Crier was awarded a 1996 Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for her work on the segment "The Predators" which examined nursing home abuses throughout the United States.

In October of '96, Crier became one of the founding television anchors for the Fox News Channel, with her prime time program, The Crier Report, and co-anchored the evening news, election coverage and Fox Files. Catherine joined Court TV's distinguished team of anchors in November 1999. She served as Executive Editor, Legal News Specials, in addition to hosting Catherine Crier Live, until joining Cajole Entertainment in 2007 as a managing partner developing television, film and documentary projects.

Crier released her first book, the NYTimes bestseller, The Case Against Lawyers in October, 2002. Her second book, A Deadly Game: The Untold Story of the Scott Peterson Investigation became a #1 NYTimes bestseller and was followed by Contempt--How the Right is Wronging American Justice, and Final Analysis: The Untold Story of the Susan Polk Murder Case. Her fifth book, Patriot Acts--What Americans Must Do to Save the Republic, will be available November 1, 2011.

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The book is an easy read.
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With Patriot Acts, Crier has carefully and eloquently traced for us the American story all the way back to the principles of the Founding Fathers.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Maziarek, author of Codi's Journey on January 31, 2012
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There's no doubt that as 2012 dawns the United States faces numerous challenges that truly threaten its very existence as the "republic" so innovatively established by the country's founders. The current so-called public servants in the Congress on both sides of the aisle fervently believe in the rightness of their positions, with many often making claims that their thinking most closely aligns with the true "intent of the founders." Unlike the politicians who make these claims without a detailed understanding of what the founders were actually all about, Catherine Crier has invested the time to complete the in-depth research necessary to fully comprehend them and their intentions.

In "Patriot Acts," Ms. Crier describes in great detail how the current state of the country is essentially incongruent with what the founders envisioned for the future of these United States. Make no mistake, however, this is NOT an anti-left or an anti-right tirade, this is a brilliantly written analysis by a true patriot who clearly loves the United States, and passionately wants it to survive (and thrive) as the republic it was founded to be. This book is a must-read for any U.S. citizen who truly cares about the future of this country. Bless your heart for writing it Ms. Crier.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Bill LaMarche, Kirkland, Washington on November 14, 2011
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Our country has so many problems combined with so many special interests. I for one have felt that the pile is just "too high." I have felt defeated even before I start to look for solutions.

In Patriot Acts" Catherine Crier speaks plainly and with great logic. She takes us back to early decisions, walks us through the underpinnings of each issue -- whether it is corporatism, tax injustice, faulty Supreme Court decisions, unenforced regulation, neutering of regulatory authority, party partisanship, personal agenda -- I could go on.

By taking these issues apart, into their separate pieces, Catherine helps us to understand that , in many cases, the fix, although daunting, is rather simple -- if we have the courage to demand the necessary change.

By far, for me individually, Catherine speaks to the power of the single individual that, when combined with others can become the instrument of positive change. This in itself persuades us to action.

The willful combination of Government and Big Business has evloved over time and rather than "potentially" replacing proper governance and regulatory restraint is already here.

It is now up to us to reverse the process and as Catherine says: "Instead of taking back our Government, let us take it forward."

Bill LaMarche, Kirkland, Washington.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By RADMD on November 7, 2011
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Sorting out political fact from fiction regarding the enormous problems this nation faces is a task not many are capable of. Catherine Crier meets that challenge, and exceeds it in her clear, persuasive analysis of the principles of pure democracy in Patriot Acts. Every American would enhance their understanding of what is going on in politics and governance by reading this book. Those who care can thank Ms. Crier for her analysis that makes pure Patriot Acts so important for the future of this nation.
Richard A. Damon, MD
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By best expressed on November 8, 2011
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Catherine Crier has set out with Patriot Acts to warn us and inform us with one hand, and put America on a sustainable course, and spark debate with the other. As the esteemed, former Senator Bill Bradley, from the great state of New Jersey said, "The number-one principle of the New American Story is that country comes before party. When there is a choice between them, a patriot chooses country." Crier and Bradley choose "country" and want you to also.

Patriot Acts is a powerful light at the end of a long, dark, two hundred and fifty year old tunnel. It is also a bright beacon for an America that could last for two hundred and fifty more years, and beyond that, if we understand what Crier wants us to realize. That much of what made this country great ain't broken and what we need to do to protect it is still within our power.

With Patriot Acts, Crier has carefully and eloquently traced for us the American story all the way back to the principles of the Founding Fathers. Principles that today have become giant balls of tangled wool in the throes of devious fat cats, which are hopelessly knotted and tied together and for all intent and purposes, could potentially be rendered useless unless we act to save our republic. Patriot Acts carefully and painstakingly unravels all the knots to reveal the founders true intentions in what only a short time ago would have seemed impossible to do. No politics, just straight forward American history, business, law, and political science. An American classic.

Crier has focused Patriot Acts in a most clever and ingenious way. She has not simply traced America's roots back to the Founding Fathers and their principles, most prominently, Jefferson and Hamilton, but by going back to the very engine of what makes our country great.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Conrad Sundol on April 21, 2012
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Catherine Crier does an excellent job speaking truth to power. Her research is vast and comprehensive. She speaks to our current economic woes, our health care system, our Founders intent, our Constitution and all the important related issues. She offers clear remedies and hard choices which Washington pols, interested primarily in power and re-election, need to get back to as laid out in our Constitution. This is not a book for the dogmatists. It is, indeed, speaking truth to power. Every true patriot needs to read this book. Indeed, every American should read this book.
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