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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 97 pages
  • Publisher: Mackinac Center; 1st edition (February 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890624721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890624729
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,844,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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America needs Larry Reed's Striking the Root and needs it today. Please buy it. As Americans sense their freedoms slipping away, Reed arms his readers with the fundamental knowledge of liberty needed to defeat the arguments of the burrowed bureaucrats and politicians draining society of its creative power. Even better, there's no need to return to college to get a degree in economics, political science, sociology or economics: Reed has done the work for you. Now, just spend a few hours absorbing his wisdom. You will be inspired and empowered, and your hope in America will be renewed! --Paul Kengor, Author of The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism, Executive Director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College --From the cover

Larry Reed has a rare talent for expressing classic ideas about individual liberty in fresh, new ways. If all liberty's champions were this clear, concise, and entertaining, we'd be much further along the road to freedom. --Sheldon Richman, Author of Separating School & State, Editor of The Freeman --From the cover

Larry Reed's thinking is penetrating, informative and clear. These superb columns, written over 15 years, outline and illuminate the basic laws of economics, politics and human nature. He eloquently demystifies government and explains civil society in essays that are a pleasure to read. --Burton W. Folsom Jr., Author of The Myth of the Robber Barons, Charles Kline Professor of History and Management at Hillsdale College --From the cover

About the Author

Lawrence W. Reed is president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a free-market think tank headquartered in Midland, Mich. He has served as president of the Center since it opened in 1988, and under his leadership, it has emerged as the largest and most prolific of the more than 40 state-based free-market think tanks in the United States. Reed is also a visiting senior fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based Heritage Foundation, and served as president and a member of the board of directors of the State Policy Network, an association of free-market organizations. Reed is author of more than 1,000 columns and articles that have appeared in dozens of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Investor's Business Daily and The Detroit News. During the past 30 years, Reed has written more than 150 articles, columns or book reviews for The Freeman, the flagship periodical of the nonprofit Foundation for Economic Education, whose board of trustees he chaired for three years in the late 1990s.

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Many of these essays are foundational--they defend free markets as a prerequisite to a good society.
Burton W. Folsom Jr.
This is a very easy book to read and each essay makes its own point very clearly and succinctly without the convoluted jargon that text book writers like.
Elisabeth Larsen
I highly recommend this book to high school and college students who are in public (government) and private schools.
Nathan A. Smith

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elisabeth Larsen on August 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As a victim of the public school educational system, I wish I had this book in high school and college when my teachers and professors were trying to fill my brain with socialist nonsense. It would have made defending my libertarian views that much easier. This is a very easy book to read and each essay makes its own point very clearly and succinctly without the convoluted jargon that text book writers like. This would make a great first text book for high school age homeschoolers as well as public school victims, who want to know how to defend their right to a REAL education.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Isaac M. Morehouse on April 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
It is too easy to become negative when assessing the state of our world today. Government seems to be invading our lives at every turn; taking our liberties and making us less safe and less prosperous. There are plenty of books out there which complain about the world, or laud this or that person or policy as our salvation. Lawrence W. Reed's "Striking the Root" goes beyond simple cliche and, as its title suggests, gets to the heart of the matter.

Reed avoids the all-too-easy opportunity to simply complain about government largess, and instead offers hope and solutions. While the compilation of poignant essays does not hold back when it comes to analyzing and describing problems with our loss of liberty, it is done in Reeds signature "pathologically optimistic" style. Reed offers solutions, but nothing as easy as simple electoral change. The challenge in the book is also the answer to our loss of liberty - that each individual understand and value freedom more than we value political favors, comfort, and the illusionary "safety" of big government.

I highly recommend the book to lovers of liberty and those skeptical of the power of human freedom alike!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric L. Larson on January 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Lawrence Reed's book provides the reader with an excellent foundation to liberty on a variety of subjects. The great thing about this book is each piece is no more than a few pages long (it is a collection of previous editorials or magazine articles) that beautifully strike at the root of the voices of collectivism. A great book to loan to a friend to get them interested in liberty and freedom because they are in small bite size parts which when read in whole form a consistent and thorough explanation of why liberty is important and superior to the ideas of collectivism/socialism.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Stafford on March 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In this collection of 24 essays, Lawrence Reed intends to demonstrate the superiority of individual liberty over all forms of political coercion. The columns, spanning from the early early nineties to present day, are written in the style that has become characteristic of Reed's writing and speaking: insightful and concise. One need not pick up a thick economics book to learn the lessons wonderfully presented here.

The essays are divided into three groups. The first seeks to explore various misconceptions undermining freedom. The second looks at the essential virtues of a free people, and finally in "The Triumphant Future" Reed discusses signs we'll see as we inevitably get closer to our destiny of freedom.

This short tour de force of freedom ideas discusses everything from government education, government golf courses, the true meaning of patriotism, and taxation in a civil society. Even though some of the columns are older their lessons are timeless. It is full of curious facts about socialist think tanks, voting in the founding era, the growth of government, and government aid (or lack thereof) in the aftermath of Katrina. I highly recommend this book. Striking the Root is light reading that teaches great lessons never to be outdated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nathan A. Smith on October 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Striking the Root is an excellent and quick read on the ideals of liberty. Reed's examples drive home the fact that a government who intervenes makes a bigger mess rather than fixing the initial problem. I highly recommend this book to high school and college students who are in public (government) and private schools. This is a great book to begin learning about liberty, individual responsibility, and the free market.
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