Conservative talk show host Levin launches a somewhat rambling indictment of liberalism in this book that pillories liberals for undermining the Constitution and individual freedoms. In a series of screeds, the author rails against the expected bogeymen (big government, big spending, environmentalism) and argues that conservative values are the surest prophylactic against what he regards as an increasingly tyrannical American government. Adam Grupper proves to be the ideal reader for the material; his calm and measured tone remains steady even as Levin's critiques reach their shrillest pitch. His unruffled delivery grounds the occasional bursts of hysteria, and his matter-of-fact newscaster's delivery buttresses Levin's argument. Listeners on any end of the spectrum will appreciate the efficiency of Grupper's reading. A Threshold hardcover. (Mar.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
The government is out to rob the citizenry of every right imaginable. That's how extreme nationally syndicated radio host and best-selling author Levin (www.marklevinshow.com) can come across in this manifesto. His criticism of and disdain for progressives, Democrats, and other groups are nothing new, nor are his arguments, but he does provide a solid piece of writing that other conservatives will certainly appreciate and find solace in, given the current state of politics. Levin's high-octane reading of the introduction contrasts with the less aggressive treatment of the rest of the text by Adam Grupper, who clearly emphasizes each passage's key elements. [The Threshold: S. & S. hc, a No. 1 New York Times and LJ best seller, was described as "a solidly plotted book that gets the job done," LJ 11/1/08.-Ed.]-Lance Eaton, Peabody, MA Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
"Levin has delivered a stalwart conservative manifesto written by a conservative who doesn't want to re-brand and repackage conservatism into liberalism. He draws on founding principles, not polls, to lay out the agenda for the Right -- and to illuminate the fatal flaws of statism." -- Michelle Malkin "The necessary book of the Obama era." -- Jeffrey Lord, "The American Spectator" "It is a rarity that an important book arrives at its perfect moment. Such is the case with "Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto"...Against this tidal wave, Mark Levin offers not so much a defense as a plan of attack, a clarion call to roll back the seas of Change." -- Andrew C McCarthy, "The New Criterion " "This is a superbly useful book. It is the perfect companion for the college freshman to fortify the student against what he or she is about to hear. It is an ideal detoxicant for the graduating senior. Most vitally, it should be read by those who do not consider themselves conservatives, because it carefully lays out the central historic, philosophic and constitutional relationship between conservative principles and our individual freedom." -- Tony Blankley, "The Washington Times" "If you want to rediscover true conservatism, read Mark Levin's "Liberty and Tyranny". If you want to help preserve liberty, buy copies for your kids." -- Terry Jeffrey, CNS News "Mark Levin's "Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto" couldn't be more relevant or important. It is a masterful restatement of conservative principles that is succinct...and yet comprehensive. It is thoughtful and deep but highly readable. It is timely yet timeless." -- David Limbaugh, TownHall.com ""Liberty and Tyranny" is Mark Levin: a man who loves his family and country and believes ideas have consequences -- and therefore will fight passionately for what he believes and knows to be true." -- Kathryn Jean Lopez, "National Review" "While it may present itself as a "conservative manifesto" (and it is that, too) it is also a compelling primer on the most basic principles of the American political order." -- Gary L. McDowell, "American Thinker" "This has the answer for everything you've asked yourself about yourself, and why you believe what you believe." -- Rush Limbaugh "This is quite simply the most important book of our times." -- Scott Miller, "The Conservative Post"