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It's time for a revolution, declares Farah, co-author of This Land is Our Land: How to End the War on Private Property and founder of ("an independent newssite committed to...reporting on government waste, fraud and abuse"). In this fiery volume, he calls on Americans to embrace God, get government out of their lives and clean up the moral wasteland he feels the country has become. Beginning and ending with a firm belief in the Constitution and the power of religious faith, Farah stakes out a rigidly populist view of reform as he rails against conservatives and libertarians alike (while reserving special venom for liberals) for undermining the country's strength, its moral core and the "revolutionary creed of freedom and responsibility" on which it was founded. Indeed, Farah feels that the federal government is "intentionally encouraging and spreading immorality" and "turning us into slaves." His proposal for change includes, but is not limited to: abolishing the income tax and the IRS, withdrawing from all international treaties and institutions, repealing all gun laws and ending federal funding for schools, the arts, conservation, housing and agriculture. What's left, you ask? Farah calls for churches and religious institutions to assume a broader role in molding the national character, including actively censoring the entertainment industry and having a direct role in education and family life. There's certainly a choir out there to whom Farah can preach, but most readers will find both his positions and his rhetoric uncomfortably extreme.
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From the Back Cover

"A book whose time has come. It speaks in ordinary language to ordinary Americans as to how we're losing our liberties and what we must do to get them back." —Professor Walter E. Williams, George Mason University

"A thought-provoking recipe for reclaiming America's heritage of liberty and self-governance." —Rush Limbaugh

"A must-read for anyone who wonders how we can expand liberty and reclaim the vision of our founders." —Sean Hannity

"Joseph Farah and I share a fierce passion for protecting our children and a belief that without the Ten Commandments there would be no U.S. Constitution or Bill of Rights." —Dr. Laura C. Schlessinger

Despite America's greatness, it faces serious problems. The traditional family is attacked on every side. Ever-increasing higher taxes continue to burden an ever-shrinking group of hardworking citizens. Our public schools have become a conduit for anti-family, anti-religious, and anti-moral propaganda. The entertainment industry pours immorality and violence into the minds of our children.

Taking America Back is a blueprint for "reclaiming" America piece by piece, one day at a time, one battle at a time. It is a call for radical, revolutionary action on the part of all who are brave enough to look reality in the eye and take action—now—to protect the values and principles that made America great. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: WND Books/Thomas Nelson; 1st edition (February 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785263926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785263920
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,564,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Joseph Farah is the founder, editor and chief executive officer of, the first and largest independent Internet-based news network. A lifelong newsman, Farah made a name for himself running daily newspapers in major markets, including the Sacramento Union, then the oldest daily West of the Mississippi. He has been an investigative reporter, foreign correspondent, award-winning editor and publisher.

He has also written or collaborated on more than a dozen books that have sold millions of copies. They include "Taking America Back," which has been reissued by three different publishers with more than 14 printings, and a collaboration with Rush Limbaugh on "See, I Told You So," the bestselling non-fiction book of 1993 and 1994. His latest book is "The Tea Party Manifesto," published in 2010.

Farah also founded WND Books, a publishing company that boasts the highest percentage of New York Times bestsellers per release.

Farah took over Oliver North's nationally syndicated daily radio program, serving as host for three years. He's a frequent guest on radio and television.

He writes one of the very few daily columns in the world for Creators News Service distributes a weekly version for national newspaper syndication.

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82 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Greg Perry on March 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The reason that some are uncomfortable with Taking America Back is understandable - in the same way that theives are uncomfortable when police approach them. The guilty among us do not like truth pointed out when that truth uncovers our weaknesses, sins, and fears.
I've read other reviews of Taking America Back and the one thing that strikes me about the negative ones is the name-calling and the veiled threats, but no substanative alternatives. That kind of reviewer generally doesn't want an alternative because he prefers the status quo.... An America that has become a post-moral nation where anything goes (except morality and Judeo-Christian values).
Joseph Farah does not only describe today's America. If he did that, then this book would mirror so many others. Instead, he also prescribes. And his prescription, how to take America back so that right and wrong are once again honored, is a prescription that WE KNOW works because for 200 years, that prescription made America the greatest nation on earth.
The status quo elites and the ones who feed off them will attack this book because they no longer see right and wrong as having meaning. They do not want America as a world leader anymore. They livelihoods often depend on their very dependence upon our nation remaining weak, immoral, and deteriorating with every border crossing, every government school that fails once again, every abortion mill that pumps out another 4,000 murders a day, and the worship of every religion on earth imaginable as long as that religion excludes the Biblical model.
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44 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Inquiring Mind on February 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Joseph Farah zeroes in on what is wrong with America. He might surprise a lot of people in revealing who the American people need to take America back from--our beloved federal government in Washington, DC. Civil War buffs will get some strong hints from this book as to why the eleven states of the old Confederacy seceded from the Union in 1860-61. The problem is a national government that is out of control. Farah offers a lot of ideas about what we who value our freedom must do to take America back. He says that the process must begin with a lot of Americans on their knees fervently praying to God for help. Farah is a deeply religious man and he makes no apology for it, despite liberal claims that it destroys his credibility. Ironically, he concludes that ultimately, if all else fails, there is only one solution left--secession. He is not the first American thinker of this generation who has recently suggested secession as a possible remedy to exorbitant federal power. The problem is that the national government has, for many years now, ignored the Constitution and assumed many powers it is not entitled to by the Constitution. Quoting heavily from the Federalist Papers and other writings of the Founding Fathers, he shows that they fully intended to limit federal powers to those few the Constitution delegated to Congress. The states, on the other hand, received the power to take care of most of the issues that directly affected the people in their daily lives. The 10th Amendment to the Constitution, the most ignored item in the Constitution, makes it clear where most political power is supposed to lie--with the states and with the people.Read more ›
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Anthony C. LoBaido on July 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
I simply loved this book. The main thing about Taking America Back is that it's fast moving. I have a very short attention span and it is hard for me to concentrate. But I read this book cover to cover on the second day of the Great St. Louis Storm of July, 2006. This is a great compliment to Mr. Farah. He is a very prolific writer who can process information quickly.

Joseph really takes on what's wrong with our nation. The teacher's union, the government schools, the foreign aid, internationalism, paganism, the declining culture and more.

He cites various case examples which I really enjoyed. One was how mini-Statues of Liberty at Ellis Island are on sale there which were made in Mainland China. Joe cites the human rights abuses in China related to the Tiananmen Square debacle. This might have been the single most moving point in the book.

There are a few tiny things that need to be cleaned up in Taking America Back. For one, China has officially changed its one child policy (page 4) since this brilliant book was published. Joe is a great defender of the weak and he is standing up for Chinese children, especially the little girls who for many decades have been the victims of gendercide. This only serves to show you Joseph's character. He's a good man speaking up for those who cannot speak up for themselves.

Beyond that, Joe and the editors repeated almost verbatim the same information about Hollywood's relationship with Church film review boards on two separate, but closely numerated pages. (Between pages 8 and 11).

These things are really small potatoes, but the book is otherwise perfect.

There are a few things Mr. Farah will probably further explore in the next edition of Taking America Back.
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