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Ron Paul's rEVOLution: The Man and the Movement He Inspired [Kindle Edition]

Brian Doherty
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Presidential candidate and longtime representative Ron Paul of Texas is a true enigma in American politics: at once a libertarian who believes in outlawing abortion and halting illegal immigration, and a traditional conservative who fervently opposes the drug war, the PATRIOT Act, and America’s interventions in the Middle East. In Ron Paul’s rEVOLution, Brian Doherty, a senior editor at Reason magazine and, documents the meteoric rise of Paul from relative obscurity to national prominence, and examines the fanatically devoted political movement that has arisen around him. Based on original reporting, Ron Paul’s rEVOLution is a remarkable portrait of an extraordinary man who has become a hero to a rising generation of cross-partisan young activists.

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An enigmatic and surprisingly successful politician, Texas Representative Ron Paul is unique among Republican candidates. He has strong traditional conservative bona fides: he supports cutting taxes, shrinking government spending, cracking down on illegal immigration, and outlawing abortion. But he is an equally passionate advocate for such seemingly progressive-left stances as ending the drug war, opposing military interventions in the Middle East, abolishing the PATRIOT Act, and constraining the Federal Reserve.

Despite such seeming contradictions, he has represented his conservative Texas district for twelve terms now, on and off since 1976, and has twice won the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where the right wing's most energetic young activists gather, in 2010 and 2011.

Paul has been condemned across the political and media spectrums as an unbearably radical kook since rising to national prominence with his 2008 presidential bid. But to his growing number of activist supporters, he is the only national politician standing for the Founding Fathers' vision of constitutional liberty. He has touched a constantly growing number of government skeptics who see the political status quo as increasingly unsustainable. In the early days of the 2012 primary season, Paul is capturing a surprising number of votes, highlighting a division between libertarians and big-government conservatism that will define the future of both the Republican Party and American politics.

In this indispensable guide, journalist Brian Doherty details Paul's career, traces the evolution of his ideas, and explores his significance in American politics. Ron Paul's rEVOLution introduces us to Paul's revolutionary ideological armies, many of them Americans previously divorced from the political process because they believe no one speaks for them. The Paul Revolution is a rising generation of cross-partisan activists concerned with government overreach. These supporters see this freethinking, plain-talking iconoclast as the lone leader prepared to grapple radically with the realities of a government crippled by debt that has dramatically expanded domestically and overseas.

About the Author

BRIAN DOHERTY is a senior editor at Reason magazine and He is the author of three previous books, including Radicals for Capitalism: A History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement and Gun Control on Trial. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and National Review, among other publications. He has been a commentator on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including The O’Reilly Factor and Glenn Beck. He lives in Los Angeles.

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  • File Size: 574 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062114794
  • Publisher: Broadside e-books (May 15, 2012)
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  • Language: English
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
I was very skeptical about this book since I've read all of Ron Paul's books and followed the movement fanatically ever since 2007, so I didn't think this book could tell me anything I didn't already know, nor get me looking at a ton of stuff I had no idea about, but I'm here to tell you that's what it did!! I just bought the book to support a guy who was writing about Ron Paul since I'd seen the authors interviews on Reason TV and he seemed like a straight shooter, who might of wrote a pretty good book. I was skeptical but I bought it on my iPhone and before I knew it I was hooked, learned tons of stuff I didn't even know, and was quite sad when it ended!! I highly recommend this book, and if you are a Ron Paul fan it's a must read!! Absolute great read, and it got me looking at guys like Lysander Spooner, and other non establishment candidates and how they were treated by the machine. JCM
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable May 27, 2012
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This book is a great description of the Ron Paul movement for relative newcomers. Brian Doherty gives the background story of Ron Paul's congressional runs as well as his first stab as the Presidency in the libertarian party.

Doherty is one of us in describing Ron's impact in the political environment. A few times, supporters will find themselves laughing out loud at their own level of intense loyalty to Ron Paul as the author describes the passion of his followers.

One particularly interesting discussion in the book surrounds Peter Thiel and his sponsorship of the Seasteading Institute, an organization that encourages the creation of "floating cities--which will give people the opportunity to peacefully test new ideas about how to live together. The most successful will become thriving new societies--inspiring change around the world."

All in all, you will enjoy reading the book. I derived the most value from the chapters on the seeds of the movement and seeing how far Ron Paul followers have really pushed the cause of liberty.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read May 21, 2012
I just picked up the Kindle version of this book. It was such a good read that I finished the entire book within a few days. Very informative about the rise of Ron Paul going back to the beginning of his career. I highly recommend it to any Ron Paul fan or anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of Ron Paul's ideas and the significance of the movement he leads.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
It seems like today's politicians will pretty much say and do anything to get elected these days. If it's convenient to flip-flop on a position to gain a few more votes, count them in. One of the few people who seems to have a set of beliefs that don't change a whole lot is Ron Paul. You may not *like* them, but at least he's consistent. To find out a bit more about Paul, I picked up the book Ron Paul's rEVOLution: The Man and the Movement He Inspired by Brian Doherty at the library. While it did fill in some gaps in my understanding of the man and his positions, I was expecting something a bit more balanced in the pros and cons of his policies and career. This book is tilted firmly in the direction of the "pros" side of the equation. It *is* a well-written book... just don't take it as everything you need to make an intelligence choice.

If I had paid a bit more attention to the author's bio, I would have been able to adjust my expectations accordingly. Doherty's writings and appearances on TV are solidly in the conservative/libertarian camp. That would have given me a clue that this book would be very sympathetic to the Paul movement. He uses the 2012 campaign for President as the framework for much of the narrative, using incidents and people to fill in the history of Paul and his major policy beliefs. Because the media largely ignored Paul, Doherty has room to show parts of the 2012 campaign that 99.5% of the public knows nothing about. That's one of the main takeaways for me in the book... If a candidate can't be slotted into a convenient stereotype or category, they are written off as not relevant.

What I was looking for when I picked up the book was more of an exploration of how certain ideas and policies would play out if Paul was elected.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Telling of the Revolution June 4, 2012
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This is a great book for Ron Paul fans, but also a great book for people who never quite knew enough about ron paul but are interested in what all the fuss is about. You'll get to know the man and why so many people became passionate supporters. Pauls roots, his principles, ideas, and vision are well laid out here. The revolution he started will continue, which makes this book relevant reading for some time to come. I literally couldn't put the book down until I finished it. It is well written, well researched, and lots of interviews with key people around and behind Paul. I only wish he would have waited a few months to publish it so that he could have written about events from Iowa to the present. Maybe a volume two. You won't get the story of why ron paul is so impportant to our country and our future from the mainstream media. There are ideas in this book which may hold the solutions to pur problems. Even if they are not, they will be battled upon in the political theatre for years to come. This book is very relevant for all of us.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wish we had someone who could get elected and DO ALL that Ron Paul thinks we need to do.
Published 6 months ago by g, batch
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read
Published 6 months ago by C L True
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Published 8 months ago by Thomas longacre
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
Very informative. Provides a good perspective on his life, not just as a politician. A good read for anyone interested in politics.
Published on January 28, 2013 by capemaychristy
4.0 out of 5 stars Rockin' Ron Paul
A really nice look at the Ron Paul phenomenon from a sympathetic fellow libertarian. The publication date of this book is a little awkward, as it stops well before the end of the... Read more
Published on October 14, 2012 by RealityWizard
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
I will keep this short and sweet but this book was an interesting summary of the Ron Paul movement and the leader of it. Read more
Published on October 6, 2012 by Nate Pohlman
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all liberty activists!
I just finished this book, Doherty does a great job moving through the relevant timeline of Ron Paul's rise in American politics while keeping you eager to turn the next page. Read more
Published on August 3, 2012 by M. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Ron Paul Revolution - Excellent Read
I was drawn to this book because I have been an avid follower of Ron Paul for a few years now and because I came in relatively late to the movement (being only 21 years old now). Read more
Published on July 8, 2012 by Kristy Lehner
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Account of Ron Paul's Rise
Brian Doherty's "Ron Paul's Revolution" is a stunningly lucid work (no surprise, him coming from the lucid and ultra-smart libertarian think-tank Reason). Read more
Published on July 5, 2012 by Patrick M. Blackburn
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully accurate assessment of the man and the revolution
Many of the books regarding the liberty movement and/or Dr. Paul don't take the time to cover much of the history of his engagement with the Libertarian Party or the roots of... Read more
Published on June 28, 2012 by Nick Raize
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Brian Doherty is a senior editor at Reason magazine and He is the author of three previous books, including Radicals for Capitalism: A History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement and Gun Control on Trial. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, National Review, and The Weekly Standard, among other publications. He has been a commentator on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including The O'Reilly Factor and Glenn Beck Show. He lives in Los Angeles.

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