Losing America

  • by Robert C. Byrd
  • Narrated by Grover Gardner
  • 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the months and years following September 11, Robert C. Byrd has viewed with alarm what he considers to be a "slow unraveling of the people's liberties", when all dissenting voices were stilled and awesome power swung suddenly to the president to fight a "war on terror". This path violates historical American principles, it shows no regard for the balance of power or the role of the Congress; it invades our privacy; and it eliminates public participation in and understanding of government. Swept along, we have entered a war without proper consideration and rushed dangerous legislation through Congress. Now is the time to regain the Constitution, to return to the values and processes that made America great. Byrd does not shrink from speaking the truth to an ever aggressive and imperial White House.

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What the Critics Say

"Attacks on the Bush presidency have proliferated in recent months, but few critics bring to the argument the weight of Senator Byrd (D-W.Va.), who has served under 11 presidents. Few combine his scholar's understanding of constitutional government with the experience gained in his nearly half-century of Senate tenure." (Publishers Weekly)

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Learning History

While virulently anti-Bush, and tainted with his own legacy of pork spending, Byrd does a great job of walking you through recent history from a Senatorial perspective. At the same time he brings to the forefront lessons forgotten from our civics classes, how the Legislative and Executive branches of government were intended to work, and how we are losing that through our own neglect, vote pandering of candidates, special interests, and power grabbing at the executive level that is not just laid at the feet of Bush 43. The only reason this is not a 5 star book is Byrd's sometimes hyperbolic attacks on GWB.
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- Kathleen

Congress now a rubber stamp for the President?

Concern for following the constitution is front and center in this fine work. He identifies in great detail where the Bush Administration has fallen far short of the spirit and letter of our founding document. The kickers include the administrations making a rubber stamp of congress by enforcing limiting of debate on many items including military appropriations and of course the granting of the power to invade Iraq without much debate. He has caught a sinister aspect of the Bush Administration here.
One of the few problems with the text is repetition of facts and stories that are important but made me wonder if I had lost track and gone backward in the recording.
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- Dell

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-27-2005
  • Publisher: Books on Tape