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The very fact that books like this can still be written and published shows that we have not lost all our freedoms. John Whitehead’s work should motivate us all to redouble our efforts to reclaim our freedoms.―from the foreword by Ron Paul, twelve-term U.S. congressman and former presidential candidate

(Ron Paul)

Constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead makes a compelling and urgent case in Battlefield America for Americans to unite under one common goal: the defense of our freedoms.―Nadine Strossen, former president of the ACLU and constitutional law professor at New York Law School

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Once again, John W. Whitehead shows himself to be a thorough reporter, an insightful scholar and a tireless defender of the Constitution. Battlefield America is the most penetrating, eye-opening proof to date of the imperialist government’s desecration of our constitutional personal liberties.―Nat Hentoff, syndicated columnist and historian

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In his compelling book Battlefield America, John W. Whitehead describes the danger posed to liberty and humanity itself by the control impulse of government and technology.―Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary, US Treasury, and former Wall Street Journal columnist and editor

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John Whitehead is freedom's defense lawyer. He'll never give up, and neither must we.―Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., author and chairman of Mises Institute

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"I challenge anyone to read this book and then try to sleep. I found that impossible."

Hon. Andrew P. Napolitano, Senior Judicial Analyst, Fox News Channel, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School

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In this potent follow-up to A Government of Wolves (2013), Whitehead, a constitutional attorney and the president of the Rutherford Institute, continues to investigate what he sees as an increasingly aggressive, fascistic America that the founding fathers would find offensive. Whitehead's scathing tone―matched in the foreword from former congressman Ron Paul―can be heavy-handed and strident, but he presents the U.S. government as "a hyper-militarized, twitchy, easily offended, suspicious, locked down, paranoid, all-seeing bureaucracy" that uses fear and paranoia to reduce civil liberties in a calculated post-9/11 scam of terrorism and national security. He uses the responses of heavily armed police forces to recent incidents―including the Boston Marathon bombing and the protests in Ferguson, Mo.―as indicators of an occupying army... Whitehead scores points when addressing needed reforms in the court system, education, and individual rights to privacy. Following his literary forebears such as Orwell and Huxley, he warns: "Either we gather together now and attempt to restore freedom or all will be lost." Detailed and provocative...Whitehead's call to take the U.S. back before civil liberties vanish mostly rises above boilerplate rhetoric and hysteria. (Apr.)

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About the Author

John W. Whitehead is an attorney and author who has written, debated, and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights. Whitehead's concern for the persecuted and oppressed led him, in 1982, to establish The Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties and human rights organization whose international headquarters are located in Charlottesville, Virginia. His approach to civil liberties issues has earned him numerous accolades and accomplishments, including the Hungarian Medal of Freedom and the 2010 Milner S. Ball Lifetime Achievement Award for “[his] decades of difficult and important work, as well as [his] impeccable integrity in defending civil liberties for all.”

Whitehead currently serves as the Institute’s president and spokesperson, in addition to writing a weekly commentary that is posted on The Rutherford Institute’s website (www.rutherford.org), as well being distributed to several hundred newspapers, and hosting a national public service radio campaign.



Ronald Ernest "Ron" Paul is an American physician, author, and former Republican congressman, two-time Republican presidential candidate, and the presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party in the 1988 U.S. Presidential Election.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: SelectBooks (April 14, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590793099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590793091
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert Steven Thomas TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 23, 2015
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"While many flail at the branches of evil ... few strike at the root."
In this compelling sequel from where his 2013 book "A Government of Wolves" left off ... Mr. Whitehead now whacks directly at the tap-root! These books are each a timely accounting of the exponentially escalating attacks on American civil rights, liberties and freedoms that have been steadily and frighteningly increasing over the last half-century. From his exhaustive research and personal experience the author has added fresh new incite and additional perspective to his main premise - "Too many individual constitutional rights and freedoms are being trampled on and dangerously eliminated by government in the name of escalating societal presure." While it remains for each individual reader to determine the degree, impact and precise steps required to overcome these injustices; after reading this important book you will be much better informed on both the nature of the problems and potential remedies.
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I bought this book after hearing the author describe some rather disturbing things going on in our system today. I am a person of facts, I like to know that what I am saying holds truth. So I research and come to a conclusion based on the facts of the matter. This book lays out in detail the diatribe actions that government agencies are taking against individual Americans like you and me. While I personally have never experienced these things, that 30 years ago were unheard of, it is important to look at the direction these agencies are heading. I would encourage you to give this book a read and find out what is going on around us.

We don't have to agree on politics, but we should be able to agree on the principle that we have individual liberty to make decisions for ourselves.
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A must read for anyone who questions the news they hear and see from the talking heads of what's commonly referred to as main stream media. What that actually means anymore is questionable. Whitehead brings up a lot of good issues, provides the proof to back up his claims and writes in a style that is easy to read and comprehend. Hope his books make it to Audible's bookshelves in the near future...
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I originally was not sure what this book was about. But I then saw a few reviews from people I respect saying what a great book it is. They were right!!! This book covers so many aspects of what America is becoming and why. Primary of these is that America is become a militarized police state created by the Federal Government by giving/granting money and military equipment to local police departments. The local police in turn feel a need to use the equipment provided and oftentimes does so in direct violation of the U. S. Constitution. Unfortunately the courts have supported this mis-use through its decisions supporting the police. This does not mean local police are not to be supported and protected but local police should always follow the Constitution thus guaranteeing our individual rights and freedoms which you have to admit are eroding in favor of protection from terrorism. Also very well explained and defined is the move towards constant surveillance no matter where you go and what you do. The government has the ability and uses it when they are able to track our every movement, listen to our every conversation over a cell phone, even turn our cell phones on and off without our permission. It has also formed alliances with corporations to track what we buy and why. In fact there is nothing that our own government who is suppose to be working for us and protecting our privacy and freedoms can spy on - nothing. The question becomes what are we as a nation going to do about it. For the most part - apparently nothing as everyone goes about his or business without a concern in the world - WRONG ANSWER! I dare say that the government is monitoring this post as it is unfavorable to the government.Read more ›
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You see this all around you - the local police force buying a tank and assault rifles, the police suspiciously ready with assault rifles to gun down warring biker gangs. My small town even bought one of the APC tanks. Red light cameras; cameras on every corner. Even out in the middle of nowhere on a slow intersection on a two lane highway in rural KS.
At one point you will start to disbelieve the onslaught of these claims of what the government is doing. Why would the Dept of Education need to stockpile guns and ammo? It starts to sound like crazy talk, conspiracy theories. You want to "close the book" and stick your head back in the sand. And that's where I am at - to believe this demands either completely giving up, or doing something. And let's be honest - what the heck are we going to do anyway? If this is true then we are too far gone.
The book doesn't do a good job of answering "so now what?"
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Battlefield America details our decent into a zzz Totalitarian Regime. It lists the steps we've allowed to be taken to strip away freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. You'll learn how America has become a Police state controlled by. The DHS, FBI , NSA and almost every other gov't agency by spying on our daily lives and enforcing their rules with militarized SWAT teams. Even Fish and Game hss a SWAT. Team standing by. Battlefield America is a frightening book which should be read by every American.
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