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When I Was a Kid, This Was a Free Country Hardcover – September 1, 2002


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  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; First Edition edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895261758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895261755
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,800,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this colorful right-wing screed, the Watergate felon and conservative radio talk show host bemoans the politically correct gulag that is the United States. Liddy pillories the usual suspects-environmentalists, "killer air bags," gun-control advocates, women who think they can do anything a man can-and gnaws on old enmities in a tedious appendix full of Watergate ephemera (something about "the notorious rat John Dean," plus clippings of a call-girl ring, etc.). Liddy's hyper-masculine prose celebrates weapons, the massive, gas-guzzling "torque" of his automobiles, and Julius Caesar, a "great leader" who wisely "slaughtered all the males remaining alive" among his foes and "sold all the women and children into slavery." In his Nietzschean worldview, life is a ceaseless struggle for power among men and nations, channeled and structured by the sado-masochistic bonding rituals of warriors. But as his title implies, Liddy's most poignant writing dwells on the vanished liberties of youth: going hunting with a pal, making his own fireworks, burning leaves on an autumn afternoon (now, sadly, banned by "global warming"-a term he always uses with quotes-alarmists). His is essentially a boy's view of freedom as the absence of responsibility and constraint. His many fans, of course, will love it.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

G. Gordon Liddy, host of his own radio program syndicated in 170 markets, is the author of three best-selling books and numerous magazine articles. Mr. Liddy began his career in Washington as a Staff Assistant to President Nixon, and then became General Counsel of Nixon's 1972 campaign. For his role in Watergate, and for refusing steadfastly to implicate others, Mr. Liddy was sentenced to over twenty years in prison. He served nearly five years, before his release by President Carter "in the interests of justice." He lives in the Washington, D.C. area.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By mcsidious on August 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I like reviewing books written by conservatives about as much as eating staples, since I have to survive the conservatives rogering up to everything with the same stupid lines and the liberals calling the conservatives fascists or racists or Bhaal-worshippers or something similar.

However, I like G. Gordon Liddy. I have listened to his radio show since I was in high school, and I can state wholeheartedly that people need to read his book all the way through (and preferably his autobiography 'Will' as well) before explaining how much they hate his guts. If they do, they might find that he is an extraordinarily intelligent man who has thought every one of his philosophies through in great detail. It amazes me how little people seem to know about him. Liddy used to be an atheist, for example, but he simply found belief in God to be the rational thing to do. He actually supports PETA's campaign against animal experimentation because animal testing is simply pointless! One of his best friends is Lanny Davis (formerly of the Clinton White House and a frequent liberal guest on Liddy's radio show), and he was good friends with THAT Dr. Timothy Leary. He is drastically unlike so many conservatives today, even though he shares many of their positions.

That's why his writing is so good. Liddy doesn't try to sugar-coat anything he believes. He doesn't stoop to any type of political correctness, and he doesn't pull any punches when he tackles an issue. Forget Hannity, Limbaugh, Thomas, or any other conservative writer - Liddy is absolutely fearless. He insists that men and women are different because they are.
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Steve Wise on November 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Anything that makes America's (no, make that the world's) liberal elites whine puts a wide smile on my face. This book has caused me sore facial muscles from the dozens of times I cracked wide smiles and laughed aloud at the unvarnished presentation of truth on many issues--notably, women in combat roles and the mixing (literally) of men and women on naval vessels for weeks at sea. Reading the words of a man unfettered by political correctness is most refreshing. His critics (including those on this site) delight in referring to Mr. Liddy as "convicted felon," as if he had knocked over a convenience store, or bludgeoned an elderly lady for her handbag. Read for yourself why he did hard time, and decide if you would delight in such a description for a man who traded years of his life for the preservation of his personal code of honor. I doubt that his critics have the guts to lay it all on the line for their goofball agendas.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Fisher VINE VOICE on October 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
First, it is clear that most of the poor opinions of this book are from reviewers who never actually devoted time to reading it and have merely based their reviews on a preconceived notion of the author (particularly ones that contain the word "Bush" in any context other than possible references to shrubbery).
Liddy has always been that loyal right-wing kind of soul that doesn't mince words when it comes to FREEDOM. In a post 9/11 age, Liddy's ideals (so far as this book is concerned) warrant additional consideration.
I was initially intrigued by the author's role in Watergate, but agreed with many of his revelations about the erosion of basic freedoms in American society.
This book isn't an intellectual analysis of our guaranteed freedoms or "RIGHTS" cataloged in dusty historical documents; it is a reflection on the deterioration of American testicular fortitude in attitudes and principles since WWII.
While the U.S. has been worried about "Big Brother," "Big Mother" has sneaked in to wipe our collective behinds and keep us from hurting ourselves.
Liddy is a gung-ho, old school, ball buster with a definite axe to grind, he's served time for his crimes if not his principles and I enjoyed this book.
There's some typical conservative grandstanding, but I think it's healthy and a balanced mind and attitude will see those parts for what they are.
I'm less than half Liddy's age and I can say without a second thought that even when I was a kid this country seemed a lot more free than today.
REVIEW EVERY BOOK YOU READ, AUTHORS AND OTHER READERS DESERVE YOUR OPINIONS.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a straight-forward, shoot to kill, double-barreled dose of the G-Man. Even the Washington Post gave him a decent review.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 4, 2003
Format: Hardcover
In these days when the "men" of the media bend over backwards to shy away from any hint of masculinity, it is delightfully refreshing to see this intelligent honest and direct look at the US through the eyes of an unabashedly masculine male.
That some consider Liddy to be extreme right wing or radical right is hilarious considering that in the 1950s he would have been either middle of the road or a little left of center. It just shows you how US media and "culture" (although not necessarliy the US populace) have moved violently left
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Col. D on January 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
After reading his comments on political correctness in America today it made me more aware of our current socities decline due to this wave of correctness. Liddy hits the perverbial nail right on the head in this latest book. I was intrigued by the additional information, and theories put forth in this recent publication concerning the "Watergate" break in. I would highly recommend reading this book for an evening of enlightenment.
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