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The Path to Tyranny: A History of Free Society's Descent into Tyranny by [Newton, Michael E.]
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"I have only two words to describe it: Brilliant and Intelligent! ... Newton draws you and obviously knows how to relate to his reader.  A sign of a good teacher, perhaps? ... Newton's book is impressive on all accounts.  It's solid - inside and out.  The book's cover is beautiful and eye catching.  Although it only contains 8 lengthy chapters, each is informative and not a page is wasted.  Newton had my full attention throughout... If you loved history back in the day, or even if you hated it, Newton's book will astound you and open the eyes of the student inside all over again." -- The LL Book Review

"The Path to Tyranny is a lucid and compelling treatment of an important subject, one that should be of interest to all who value liberty... An important book that really does speak to the times, a book that holds up a Janus-like mirror to the present, showing past futures." --Ana the Imp

"The Path to Tyranny is a must read book. If you read no other book this year, The Path to Tyranny is the one that you need to read... The only way to defeat tyranny is to recognize it, expose it, and educate others. The Path to Tyranny is an excellent place to start." -- Arkansas Conservative News Network

"As The Path to Tyranny so ably illustrates, in example after example, the ultimate result of this process is the loss of freedom, the degradation of the economy, and general misery... There are lessons here for America. Mr. Newton's clear and concise writing style makes them crystal clear... I kept thinking that this book is irrefutable. I can't imagine an academic or politician arguing intelligently with Newton's assertions or his conclusions." -- Conservative Monitor/Bookstore

"Author Michael Newton has set out the warning signs on the path from liberty to tyranny... The path to tyranny is clearly marked and the signs, regardless of location, are remarkably repetitive.  When free societies permit their economic systems to fall under government control, loss of freedom and penury are not long in coming... He makes a compelling case for restraining government before America travels that well-worn path." -- What Would The Founders Think?

About the Author

Michael Newton graduated Summa Cum Laude with honors from Arizona State University with degrees in finance and computer information systems. He was a portfolio manager for ten years and writes about economics, finance, and the market. Michael Newton has always had a passion for history, politics, and economics, which led him write The Path To Tyranny.

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  • File Size: 1029 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982604017
  • Publisher: Eleftheria Publishing; Second edition (May 17, 2010)
  • Publication Date: May 17, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037KM20G
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By Shannon L. Yarbrough VINE VOICE on September 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
I've said it before in other historical or nonfiction books I've reviewed here: I was not a fan of history class back in school, and I blame the bland teachers who doubled as coaches and only taught history because they had to teach something besides kick ball. History was boring to me thanks to those boring teachers. But I have authors like Michael E. Newton to thank for bringing me back to the fold. If you are not a fan of historical nonfiction, I absolutely beg you to pick up his book and at least give it a try. I have only two words to describe it: Brilliant and Intelligent!

First, I had an idea what tyranny was and I admit I almost looked it up before I started to read Mr. Newton's book. I assumed his book was written for a specific group of people who should probably already be well versed in the subject. I was wrong. Tyranny is defined right on page 4, and Newton doesn't use "over your head" terms that you'll find yourself going glassy eyed over. In fact, the text is laced with infamous quotes from George Santayana ("Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.") to James Madison ("If men were angels, no government would be necessary.") which help you become quite comfortable with the material. Newton draws you and obviously knows how to relate to his reader. A sign of a good teacher, perhaps? As for that definition of tyranny:

"The word comes from the ancient Greek tyrannos, meaning "absolute ruler." With time, the definition of tyrannos changed from "absolute ruler" to "illegitimate, cruel, and oppressive ruler." Today, the dictionary definition of tyrant is "an absolute ruler unrestrained by law or constitution" and tyranny is "oppressive power" especially as "exerted by government."

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If you're looking for a shrill, hysterical book meant to whip up frenzied emotions, you'll need to keep looking. This is a book that condenses volumes of information (check the bibliography!) into very few pages, really, and yet it's a book that reads easily enough that it's difficult to put down. It is not an attempt to rewrite history to force the reader to "inescapable conclusions", though the simple facts paint a stark picture. Overall, a splendid book, well-written.
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Michael Newton is a new, young and talented author who has brought to us a book that should be part of every history curriculum here in the U.S. Unlike the 'edited' version of history we're taught in schools, Michael gets to the real meat of the problem - government that takes too much control and the ultimate descent into abuse. If we can only learn from history to help to avoid repeating the errors of the past! 'The Path To Tyranny' can very well be our guide.
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A very informative book that outlines in great detail the policies that caused past empires/governments to fail: tyrannical dictators, expanding government, higher taxes, corrupt officials, distribution of wealth, crumbling economies. It's all covered.

If you respect and value the Constitution, believe in smaller government, less taxes, a balanced budget and more freedom for everyday citizens, this book is a "must read".

But if you think the Constitution is outdated and needs to be repealed or revised, believe in a large centralized government that controls all aspects of peoples' daily lives, higher taxes, and less freedom in exchange for security provided by the government, aka socialism, communism, progressivism or whatever it's called these days, you will absolutely hate this book because it explains why your way of thinking will always lead to failure.

Browsing through the reviews, it's obvious that some of them were left by people who advocate socialism/communism and thus disagree with or dispute most (if not all) of what's in the book. They're basically trying to discredit the author by giving the book a low rating. Some will even say that they actually delved deeply into the facts and that the author has distorted history. But facts are facts and cannot be ignored. It's a fact that these past empires crumbled or collapsed because of the same policies that the current administration in America is trying to implement: Larger government, increased spending, higher taxes, etc.

It's really quite simple: Fewer jobs = more people on welfare = increased government spending = higher taxes = strain on economy = fewer jobs.
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This author clearly has a political viewpoint and uses only a few sources in an attempt to support his opinions. Unfortunately, especially in the chapter on the United States, he has neglected, over looked or not read several critical original sources which do not fit or contradict his opinions. For example, he does not reference and apparently has not read Madison's Notes on the debates at the Constitutional Convention, including the speeches of James Madison, Gouverneur Morris, James Madison, and James Wilson, the other works of Wilson, Madison and Morris, any of the writings by Max Farrand,and those of numerous other scholars. He also misunderstands selected portions of the Federalist Papers on which he places reliance.

The result is a poorly supported political screed, against "big government" and in favor of "states' rights". For example, Newton asserts, without identifying even a clause in the Constitution, that "the states lost their right to question the federal government" and the states held an "important check the federal government's power" due to the outcome of the Civil War and a subsequent Supreme Court decision. However, a review of the words of many of the delegates to the Convention in Madison's Notes, the Constitution itself, and James Wilson's StateHouse Yard Speech and Speech at Pennsylvania Ratification Convention make clear the States never had such a power.

For example, James Wilson made clear during the debates at the Convention that "He saw no incompatibility between the National and State Governments, provided the latter was restrained to certain local purposes; nor any probability of their being devoured by the former.
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