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Ron Paul was born on August 20, 1935 in Pennsylvania. After attending Gettysburg College and Duke University School of Medicine, Dr. Paul served 5 years in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard as a flight surgeon. Upon retiring from the military, Dr. Paul practiced medicine as an OB-GYN in Brazoria County, Texas, where he delivered over 4,000 babies. Dr. Paul was first elected to Congress in 1976 and served 12 terms. A three-time presidential candidate, Dr. Paul ran on a platform of non-interventionism which attracted wide support among young voters as well as members of the military. In both 2008 and 2012, Dr. Paul received more political contributions from active and retired members of the military than all of the other candidates of either Party combined. Dr. Paul has been married to his wife, Carol Paul, for 58 years and together they have 5 children and 19 grandchildren.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity (July 17, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0996426507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0996426503
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As usual, Ron Paul pulls no punches. This book, which contains plenty of interesting autobiographical material, is an all-out assault on war and the propaganda that promotes it. Dr. Paul comes at his topic from the point of view of economics, morality, strategic concerns, and even plain old pragmatism. With this book he carries on his lifelong commitment to truth-telling and transgressing the boundaries of allowable opinion.

"I love Ron Paul, except for his foreign policy," so many people said. Now that he's been vindicated 1,000 times over, maybe they'll listen this time, and realize that foreign policy is in fact the very best and most important part of Dr. Paul's message.

In the years to come, people will look back and marvel that such a man actually served in the U.S. House, and that Americans, when presented with the chance to elect him, chose the forgettable nonentities Romney and McCain instead.

--Tom Woods, author, Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable Opinion
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This is the best book by Ron Paul that I have had the joy to read. It is an intimate look into the private thought life of Ron Paul as he grew up and lived in an age under the constant threat of war. He talks about his experiences growing up during World War II, how the events of the Korean war shaped his school years and how the war in Vietnam caught him up as a young medical practitioner. He talks about his intellectual journey and what resources brought him to a pro-peace philosophy. Of course, he ties everything together into a consistent liberty philosophy as he did with his entire political career. In this book, he actually chides himself for not being more anti-war!

This book may be the closest to an autobiography that we may get from Dr. Paul. It is chock-full of anecdotes, quotes from sources that he has gleaned from over time, and each chapter heading includes lines of poetry that are appropriate to accompany each chapter's main point. If his Youtube videos of house floor speeches and grillings of Fed chairmen and Presidential debates show the analytical and public side of Ron Paul, this book shows his emotional and deeply personal side. He mourns the tragedy of people he knew who were sent off to senseless wars never to come back, recounts stories of war in which the individuals sent to fight were able to rebel against the chickenhawks who sent them, and he fiercely cuts down the political class and military-industrial complex that profits off of lies and murder. There is a part in chapter 1 in which he reflects on the how as a boy he cheered when FDR died and his father scolded him for cheering the death of anyone. I think this was deeply formative in his life that our political opponents are still human beings. It is the chickenhawks that make us dehumanize others.
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Ron Paul’s new book, Swords into Plowshares, is a heartfelt work that succeeds on two levels. Dr. Paul, the most effective champion of liberty in our age, normally prefers to talk about the freedom philosophy and is always reticent to talk about himself. But with this book he provides his countless fans with a first-hand account of his formative experiences, all the better to depict the era of warfare that has prevailed throughout his life. This is as much of an autobiography as Ron Paul’s admirers are ever likely to get and they will love it.

On the level of philosophy, it is exactly what the reader would hope to get from Washington’s greatest (and sometimes it seemed only) champion of the foreign policy the founders recommended: peaceful and non-interventionist.

Dr.. Paul has written a moving account of his own awakening about war and destruction, and about peace and prosperity. I recommend it highly.
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If you're a supporter of Dr. Paul, then Swords into Plowshares is worth buying for the personal stories he tells in it alone. Dr. Paul's writings have always helped clarify my own thinking about how the world works. This book isn't only about government's war rackets, the citizens who suffered the consequences, economic fallacies and the policy choices that will ensure peace and prosperity are attained in the future. It's about right thinking and timeless principles. Peace is a good idea... politicians ought to try it. In the meantime, grab a copy and try to apply the lessons and ideas in your own life. Who knows... if enough individuals set a good example, maybe we'll achieve peace and prosperity in our day.
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It takes a good deal of courage to write a book like this; however, Ron Paul has never been short on courage.

He calls out the neocons (both Republican and Democrat) and asks the reader to evaluate those who promote constant war with their military service records: Bill Bennett, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Elliott Abrams, Bill Kristol, Robert Kagan, David Wurmser, Scooter Libby, Norman Podhoretz, John Podhoretz, James Schlesinger, Dov Zahheim, Douglas Feith, Michael Ledeen, and David Frum. Hmmm ... interesting isn't it.

He explains the concept of "blowback" and the consequences of our history of aggressive military actions. He writes, "It's sad but true that the pain, suffering, and costs go on. Today, with 22 American military veterans committing suicide each day, it's impossible to claim any victory from our decades of misadventure in the wars that our leaders have dragged us into. Much of this could have been prevented with a simple understanding of the significance of blowback ..."

Now, the writing could have been more carefully edited to create a better "flow", however, the subject material is a lucid evaluation of "why" we have constant war.
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