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  1. 2.8 hrs • 8/16/2016 • Unabridged

    New material for the 2016 election! In an era when special interests funnel huge amounts of money into our government—driven by shifts in campaign-finance rules and brought to new levels by the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission—trust in our government has reached an all-time low. More than ever before, Americans believe that money buys results in Congress, and that business interests wield control over our legislature. With heartfelt urgency and a keen desire for righting wrongs, Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig takes a clear-eyed look at how we arrived at this crisis: how fundamentally good people, with good intentions, have allowed our democracy to be co-opted by outside interests, and how this exploitation has become entrenched in the system. Rejecting simple labels and reductive logic-and instead using examples that resonate as powerfully on the Right as on the Left-Lessig seeks out the root causes of our situation. He plumbs the issues of campaign financing and corporate lobbying, revealing the human faces and follies that have allowed corruption to take such a foothold in our system. He puts the issues in terms that nonwonks can understand, using real-world analogies and real human stories. And ultimately he calls for widespread mobilization and a new Constitutional Convention, presenting achievable solutions for regaining control of our corrupted-but redeemable-representational system. In this way, Lessig plots a roadmap for returning our republic to its intended greatness. While America may be divided, Lessig vividly champions the idea that we can succeed if we accept that corruption is our common enemy and that we must find a way to fight against it. In Republic, Lost, he not only makes this need palpable and clear-he gives us the practical and intellectual tools to do something about it.

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    Republic, Lost: Version 2.0 (Part 1)

    2.8 hrs • 8/16/16 • Unabridged
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    6.7 hrs • 10/6/2015 • Unabridged

    An inspiring new guide to understanding, appreciating, and defending our Constitution, by the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller One Nation. Dr. Ben Carson, the acclaimed, bestselling author of One Nation, America the Beautiful, and Gifted Hands, returns with his unique blend of insight, clarity, and common sense in A More Perfect Union. Dr. Carson proves that you don’t have to be a legal scholar to understand, appreciate, and defend the United States Constitution. In plain English, Dr. Carson explains the basic principles of the Constitution and the freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, and he shows how they relate to our everyday lives. He talks about the checks and balances that are critical to the effective functioning of our democracy and the challenges presented by recent Presidents, Congresses, and the Supreme Court. Dr. Carson then explains how we can get the government to stay true to the original intent of the Founders.

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    A More Perfect Union

    6.7 hrs • 10/6/15 • Unabridged
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    7.3 hrs • 8/11/2015 • Unabridged

    First published in 1971, Rules for Radicals is Saul Alinsky's impassioned counsel to young radicals on how to effect constructive social change and know “the difference between being a realistic radical and being a rhetorical one.” Written in the midst of radical political developments whose direction Alinsky was one of the first to question, this volume exhibits his style at its best. Like Thomas Paine before him, Alinsky was able to combine, both in his person and his writing, the intensity of political engagement with an absolute insistence on rational political discourse and adherence to the American democratic tradition.

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    Rules for Radicals

    7.3 hrs • 8/11/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 11.6 hrs • 10/15/2014 • Unabridged

    A groundbreaking book that challenges Americans to reevaluate our views on how corruption and private interest have infiltrated every level of society From the Tea Party to Occupy Wall Street, however divergent their political views, these groups seem united by one thing: outrage over a system of power and influence that they feel has stolen their livelihoods and liberties. Increasingly, protesters on both ends of the political spectrum and the media are using the word corrupt to describe an elusory system of power that has shed any accountability to those it was meant to help and govern. But what does corruption and unaccountability mean in today’s world? It is far more toxic and deeply rooted than bribery. From super PACs pouring secret money into our election system to companies buying better ratings from Standard & Poor’s or the extreme influence of lobbyists in Congress, all embody a “new corruption” and remain unaccountable to our society’s supposed watchdogs, which sit idly alongside the same groups that have brought the government, business, and much of the military into their pocket.

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    Unaccountable by Janine R. Wedel

    Unaccountable

    11.6 hrs • 10/15/14 • Unabridged
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  5. 9.0 hrs • 7/8/2014 • Unabridged

    Facts are and must be the coin of the realm in a democracy. Unfortunately, for citizens in the United States and throughout the world, distinguishing between fact and fiction—always a formidable challenge—is now more difficult than ever, as a constant stream of questionable information pours into media outlets. In The Future of Truth, Charles Lewis reminds us of the history of public dishonesty in the United States, from President Lyndon B. Johnson’s cover-up of the real motives behind the Vietnam War, to George W. Bush’s public rationales for military action in Iraq and Afghanistan, and how courageous investigative journalists stood up to power to bring truth to light. He then explores the implications for today: what are the root causes and consequences of this kind of mass deception? Lewis argues forcefully that while data points and factoids abound, it is much harder to get to the whole truth of complex issues in time for that truth to guide citizens, voters, and decision-makers.

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    935 Lies

    9.0 hrs • 7/8/14 • Unabridged
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  6. 5.6 hrs • 3/5/2013 • Unabridged

    From the former Republican governor of Florida and a leading constitutional litigator comes a timely and provocative look at one of the most divisive issues facing the nation today: immigration. There’s no public policy issue that divides Americans more stridently than immigration. The principal arguments have remained consistent for more than two centuries, without a common ground ever being reached. Now, in Immigration Wars, Jeb Bush and leading constitutional litigator Clint Bolick deliver a comprehensive solution based on two core principles: immigration is vital to America’s future, fueling its growth, vibrancy, and creativity; but any enduring solution must follow America’s laws. We are, of course, a nation of immigrants. More than any other country, our national identity is based on a set of ideals that are enriched and reinvigorated by immigrants, most of whom attach themselves more fervently to core American values. But over the past several decades, a huge percentage of immigrants have entered and remained in the country illegally. In order to effectively deal with this problem, we must first overhaul our badly broken immigration process. An important and necessary work, Immigration Wars offers a compassionate view of immigration and realistic measures for reforming policy without the divisive rhetoric, and a road map for our country’s future.

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    Immigration Wars

    5.6 hrs • 3/5/13 • Unabridged
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  7. 6.7 hrs • 9/11/2012 • Unabridged

    The concept of “American exceptionalism” does not necessarily mean that Americans are different from or superior to people in other countries. It simply means that those qualities that have been most admired in individuals throughout history are more respected, admired, rewarded and encouraged in the United States than in any other country. This audiobook explains the fundamental elements of high character and personality to which most people aspire, and shows how each person can become and achieve more in their personal and business lives than ever before. This is an uplifting, inspirational, motivational audiobook that makes each person proud to be an American and simultaneously creates within each person the desire to be more and better than he or she has perhaps ever been before. By combining the desire for personal growth and improvement with the emotion of patriotism, combined with proven, practical facts and statistics to validate and reinforce each quality, the listener emerges from the book feeling empowered, positive and proud to be an American.

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    The American Spirit

    6.7 hrs • 9/11/12 • Unabridged
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  8. 7.0 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    If the midterm elections were a declaration of war on the status quo, Rand Paul leads the battle charge. Voters fearful of growing government and debt have found voice in the Tea Party phenomenon and the movement continues to deliver a message that Washington, DC has found impossible to ignore. In The Tea Party Goes to Washington, the newly elected senator and self-described “constitutional conservative” explains why his party has to stand by its limited government rhetoric and why the federal government must be stuffed back into its constitutional box. Given the problems our nation faces, these are not mere suggestions, but moral imperatives. Rand Paul and those who voted for him want to stop borrowing, end the bailouts, and entitlements and the spending. In The Tea Party Goes to Washington you’ll learn:The history of the Tea Party and why it isn’t “extreme” How both parties operate outside the Constitution Rand’s plan for a balanced budget Why the Tea Party will endure Now is the time to get America back on track—this is the moment of the new revolution that will take us back to our grass roots, to the country of our founding fathers. It’s a new day in Washington—as the Tea Party graduates from populist outrage to political influence, Rand Paul stands poised to become one of its greatest champions.

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    The Tea Party Goes to Washington

    Read by Ric Reitz
    7.0 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  9. 7.1 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    This groundbreaking manifesto is essential reading for tea party activists—or any American seeking to understand what the Tea Party is fighting for and what's next for the movement Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey and Matt Kibbe have been on the front lines of one of the fastest-growing and most influential political phenomena in recent memory: the Tea Party movement. As the leaders of the advocacy organization FreedomWorks, they have helped guide and give voice to hundreds of thousands of activists from across the country and have a strong vision for the future of this powerful grassroots uprising. United by a strong belief in limited government and individual liberty, Tea Party members are changing the American political landscape. Unlike mainstream media accounts that observe the Tea Party movement from the outside looking in, Give Us Liberty chronicles the roots and rise of a new breed of taxpayer activism in the voices of those who were there. Discover the personalities that drove the first meetings, the unknown candidates whose principled stand earned them unlikely victories, the march that gathered more than a million activists, and the bedrock beliefs that brought them together. In this national call to action, Armey and Kibbe provide an intimate history of the movement, explain how citizens can join the cause, and chart the future of the Tea Party—and America. Give Us Liberty also contains a battle-tested, step-by-step guide to organizing and effecting change in any community.

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    Give Us Liberty

    7.1 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  10. 6.3 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Abridged

    Terrorist attacks, natural disasters, domestic crackdowns, economic collapse, riots, wars, disease, starvation—what can you do when it all hits the fan? You can learn to be self-sufficient and survive without the system. After the last few years of violence and terror, of ethnic and religious hatred, of tsunamis and hurricanes—and now of global financial meltdown—Strauss, like most of his generation, came to the sobering realization that, even in America, anything can happen. But rather than watch helplessly, he decided to do something about it, so he spent three years traveling through a country that has lost its sense of safety, equipping himself with the tools necessary to save himself and his loved ones from an uncertain future. With the same quick wit and eye for cultural trends that marked The Game, The Dirt, and How to Make Love Like a Porn Star, Emergency traces Neil’s white-knuckled journey through today’s heart of darkness as he sets out to move his life offshore, test his skills in the wild, and remake himself as a gun-toting, plane-flying, government-defying survivor. It’s a tale of paranoid fantasies and crippling doubts, of shady lawyers and dangerous cult leaders, of billionaire gun nuts and survivalist superheroes—of weirdos, heroes, and ordinary citizens going off the grid. It’s one man’s story of a dangerous world—and how to stay alive in it.

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    Emergency

    6.3 hrs • 7/15/12 • Abridged
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  11. 11.0 hrs • 5/3/2012 • Unabridged

    Considering the role of justice in our society and our lives, Michael Sandel reveals how an understanding of philosophy can help to make sense of politics, religion, morality—and our own convictions. Breaking down hotly contested issues—from abortion, euthanasia, and same-sex marriage to patriotism, dissent, and affirmative action—Sandel shows how the biggest questions in our civic life can be broken down and illuminated through reasoned debate.  Justice promises to take readers—of all ages and political persuasions—on an exhilarating journey to confront today’s political and moral controversies in a fresh and enlightening way.

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    Justice by Michael J. Sandel

    Justice

    11.0 hrs • 5/3/12 • Unabridged
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  12. 3.9 hrs • 3/9/2011 • Unabridged

    When it was first published, The Conscience of a Conservative reignited the American conservative movement and made Barry Goldwater a political star. It influenced countless conservatives in the United States and helped lay the foundation for the Reagan Revolution in 1980. Just as vital today as it was then, this book addresses many topics that could be torn from today’s headlines. Goldwater discusses education, labor unions and policies, civil rights, agricultural policy and farm subsidies, social welfare programs, and income taxation. This significant book lays out the conservative position both politically and economically that would come to dominate the Conservative Movement in America.

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    The Conscience of a Conservative

    3.9 hrs • 3/9/11 • Unabridged
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  13. 3.0 hrs • 3/14/2008 • Abridged

    “In a nation of 260 million, our healing is actually extremely personal. We must each mature into a deeper understanding of our lives and why we’re living them for such understanding is the womb out of which will come new life for American culture.” With the publication of The Healing of America, Marianne Williamson becomes a powerful voice for social conscience in American society. While citing the virtual abandonment of social justice as a dominant political theme since the 1960’s, Williamson notes historian Arthur Schlesinger’s contention that Americans express renewed political interest every thirty years. This is a time, according to Williamson, for Americans to once again return to first principles—political and spiritual. In this landmark work, Williamson draws plans for the transformation of American political consciousness and the re-emergence of powerful citizen involvement in a genuine healing of American society. According to Williamson, we need a new paradigm of political understanding, a moral commitment to express it, and a new kind of activism to bring it forth. The Healing of America is a blueprint for all three.

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    The Healing of America

    3.0 hrs • 3/14/08 • Abridged
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  14. 6.9 hrs • 10/13/2007 • Abridged

    In this first book-length account of the rescue efforts at the World Trade Center, retired New York City firefighter Dennis Smith gives a remarkable eyewitness account of perhaps the most heroic and desperate collaborative disaster effort in recent history. Smith arrived on the scene shortly after the attacks on September 11 and stayed for weeks. He stretched hoses, picked up bodies, and talked with police, firefighters, and emergency workers who had rushed downtown to confront a spectacle no rescue worker had ever faced before.  In Report from Ground Zero, Smith gives us the stories of some of the 343 firefighters who were reported missing or dead, including: Captain Pat Brown from Ladder Company 3, who was a personal friend; a father and son; the department’s beloved chaplain; commanders; rookies; and entire companies that were lost. Smith pays tribute to the dozens of police and emergency workers who died, as well as those who undertook an urgent search and rescue mission and, finally, the grim and daunting task of massive clean up. Smith’s rare blend of superb writing skills and up-close firefighting experience drop us into the psyche of a firefighter, which sheds light on what would make someone rush into a flaming building: it’s called heroism.

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  15. 3.6 hrs • 9/13/2005 • Unabridged

    A highly respected associate justice of the United States Supreme Court since 1994, Stephen Breyer delivers a lucid and persuasive declaration that “active liberty”—the participation of American citizens in the process of government—should be a guiding principle of our nation. In this exceedingly polarized time, with the high court facing some of its most controversial issues, Active Liberty is a refreshing reminder of the purpose of government and role of the American citizenry.

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    Active Liberty

    3.6 hrs • 9/13/05 • Unabridged
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  16. 6.0 hrs • 9/1/2003 • Unabridged

    Do you want to live in The Real America? As one of the most listened to nationally syndicated radio talk-show hosts and the driving force behind the Rallies for America, Glenn Beck entertains, inspires, and informs millions of listeners. In The Real America, Beck continues telling it like it really is, cutting through the fog of modern-day pundits and pontificators who have made it their mission to undermine and underestimate the greatness of America, our strength as Americans, and the power of the American spirit. With his inimitable combination of self-effacing humor and heartfelt conviction, Glenn rails against many of the forces that keep us from our potential as a nation and as individuals -- and tells how to overcome them. His topics include: • Family and community • Politics • Personal responsibility • Religion • Political correctness, the media, Hollywood, and celebrities • Alcohol and drugs • Why I wave the flag Glenn Beck's compelling message in The Real America echoes the ideas he has delivered to thousands of people with his groundbreaking Rallies for America: Once we connect with our power individually, we can empower others -- and then we can be as great and as grand as we have always wanted to be as a person, as a people, and as a nation.

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    The Real America

    6.0 hrs • 9/1/03 • Unabridged
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