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#1 New York Times best-selling author Mark Levin explores the philosophical basis of America's foundations and the crisis that faces government today.
©2012 Mark Levin (P)2012 Simon & Schuster
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5 out of 5 stars
By Virginia on 02-20-12

Man's basic nature : Liberty

In this book, Mark Levins reiterates the goals of our founding fathers when they gathered to write the constitution and form our unique brand of American democracy. By tracing patterns of thought by the greatest thinkers of the western world, Levin clearly explains the flaws of logic and lack of appreciation for man's true human nature that have led to the 'group think' socialistic aspects unduly praised today by popular culture.

This book gives a logical explanation of where conservative ideals originate and how their simple goal for all men to pursue happiness in liberty has become corrupted since World War I. Levin's book describes how a socialist strain of 'do-good'ing that has turned our government into a "Nanny State." The goals of which run counter to individual freedoms, daily liberty and pursuits of prosperity.

The negative spin put on the desire of conservatives to keep government out of our daily lives is a disingenuous, but rampant criticism in today's culture. This book lists point by point historical evidence that the socialist characteristics of government, praised by liberals as humanitarian, have the effect of strangling individual self determination and is therefore detrimental to the American way of life.
Levin's book ignited a new interest in the Constitution in me as he explained the origins of political and economic conservatives' desire to keep Americans free of tyranny. I'm not certain how a liberal-leaning American would accept the premises raised by Levin. But I found his arguments compelling, if not sad. By this account, we have strayed a long way from what our founding fathers envisioned.

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4 out of 5 stars
By CFL 246 on 01-24-12

poor quality reading (audio book only); content+++

What did you love best about Ameritopia?

all the content is excellent, info that should be familiar to schoolchildren, should be taught to all school kids. I wish I had had ANY of this content taught to me in the 1960s and 1970s. People simply don't know much of this stuff.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Adam Grupper and Mark R. Levin ?

This is the problem area. Adam's voice drones on like a computer synthesized voice. The worst part is being able to determine )or not) whose voice Adam is reading. Is he reading a quotation of another author, or Mark's own words?

I guess it doesn't matter so much WHO reads it, as long as that differentiation can be discerned. A good way improve that would be... to use one male and one female reader when male/female quotes are being read, reserving Mark's words for the main narrator.

This is only real point I care to make (improve the narration). The subject matter is very dry, and it's slow on the uptake, good (or substandard) reading matters more than usual, perhaps. All the ways people expressed their thought in past centuries or past millennia even, their writings take more attention or energy to fully appreciate.

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