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Take Back Your Government Paperback – May 5, 2013
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As a book of practical advice, instead of entertainment, it will probably never achieve the popularity of any of his fictional works. However, if you have enjoyed these, not just for their plots and scope, but also for their philosophical and political musings; if you have been inspired by his optimism and his faith in the basic decency of his fellow men; and most of all, if you would like to apply that optimism to the world around you, then this book is by all means for you.
If you can find a copy without Pournelle's introduction and notes, buy that instead. If you must buy this version, try not to let his views get you down. Before reading this book, I had nothing against Jerry Pournelle- in fact, I had read, and quite enjoyed, some of his SF work. So I was very dissappointed to find that here, not only does Pournelle fill his comments with his own political views, something Heinlein is meticulously careful to aviod throughout the book, but he also contradicts the entire message of the book. Heinlein cries "Take Back Your Government!"; Pournelle tells us that this is obsolete, that things have changed, that it's too hard, it's no good to bother. At first I thought that Pournelle was one of the cynics that Heinlein was arguing against. But rereading his comments, I found that I was being too harsh. Pournelle genuinely likes, and supports, what Heinlein said- he just doesn't think that it would work. Not today, at least.Read more ›
Although we all know Robert Heinlein best as one of the truly great authors of speculative fiction, it is in the pages of Take Back Your Government that he shares with us his considerable know-how in the field of politics. In the 1930's, before he became a professional writer, Heinlein got thoroughly involved in California politics (as a Democrat!), both turning out copy for Sinclair Lewis' gubernatorial bid and himself running for a seat in the state legislature.Read more ›
Heinlein was, at one point, associated with Sinclair Lewis and his EPIC (End Poverty in California) program, and ran for the California legislature in 1938 on the Democratic (!) ticket. He didn't win, but his experience from that time is the base material from which this book is derived. Written in 1946, just after the close of WWII, this book was part of several items he wrote at that time both as a method for breaking out of the `pulp' markets and because he felt that he could offer advice and warnings to America that were (in his mind) desperately needed. Most of the material from this period did not find a publishing market, and this work wasn't published until 1992, not because they were poorly written, but because there was little interest in such material then.
Heinlein looks at (American) politics from the most basic level, that of the individual voter. Grabbing this voter's attention and vote is the prime focus of this work.Read more ›
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Excellent book by Heinlein. I had a copy long ago and couldn't find it. This helps the little guy get involved in the political process by starting at the local level. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael
Although this book is a bit out dated, the source material here is extremely usable.Published 2 months ago by Robin Thompson
It is Robert A. Heinlein. What else needs to be said? It is great. Get it.Published 4 months ago by Angelique
Great insights, even if it was written many years ago. Still a useful guide through the political world.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Some excellent observations on how far astray we have gone from the intent of our founding fathers. The cure seems overly optimistic in it's reliance on the individual to get... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent practical primer on politics, concentrating on local politics. The same principles apply to regional and national politics, but gives the practical advice necessary to... Read morePublished 19 months ago by M. B. Dodson
Great discussion of political process citizen's responsibility in a democracyPublished 22 months ago by littlecove
Nice writing. Heinlein got past this idealistic phase.Published 23 months ago by Wondering Wanderer