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Like many of my generation I just never have taken the time to read Our Declaration but now in my seventy fourth year I have to say it's been very enlightening.
What made the experience of listening to Our Declaration the most enjoyable?
The narrator read slowly, but given the weightiness, depth, and complexity of the material, her pace was necessary. She did an excellent job, and was an excellent choice to read this book.
Any additional comments?
This is the second most interesting book I have ever read. It gives in-depth historical, etymological/philological, and historical background for the Declaration of Independence, but it is primarily a work of political philosophy. Allen does a fantastic job keeping it highly personal and practical. She argues that the Declaration is one of the most important documents in American politics/political history, and that it has been and is being misread in the current political landscape. It changed my political outlook on our contemporary situation, and I buy her extremely well-reasoned argument.
However, I cannot remember reading a more intense book, a book that required all of my concentration and nearly all of my (not inconsiderable) intellect. I first acquired it as an Audible (audio) book, but I had to buy it so that I could listen and read it at the same time. It was worth every penny, every minute, and every bit of energy.
Do not read this book if you are not willing to commit to understanding it and reading it through the end of the epilogue. Do not read this book if you are uninterested in political philosophy - there are other, excellent books on the history of the Declaration.