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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (293 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Breyer Narrator: Stephen Breyer Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Provocative and well-argued…What we need more of, Active Liberty insists, is not activist judges but activist citizens.”

    New York Times

  • “Breyer’s prose is admirably simple and clear, and his discussion shows a keen legal intellect that espouses broad values rather than narrow theories, and a deep, humane concern with fostering democracy and the well-being of the citizenry. This will be essential reading at a possibly watershed moment for the Supreme Court.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Impeccable advice for the powerful in all walks of life.”

    Boston Globe

  • Active Liberty will likely influence not only public debate but also how lawyers craft their cases.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A brisk, lucid and energetic book, written with conviction and offering a central argument that is at once provocative and appealing...Deserves a place of honor in national debates, now and in the future, about the role of the Supreme Court in American life.”

    New Republic

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Bethany | 2/2/2014

    " I really did read this with an open mind, I swear. I wanted to see how the more liberal 'evolving Constitution' justices explained their jurisprudence. But this was a real snore. Just not well written, no colorful examples, no personality really of any kind. In person Breyer seems pretty fun, but there's no evidence of that in here. Not to mention that his jurisprudence makes no sense to me still - he's trying to encourage democracy by ruling the way he does? Really? By taking abortion and capital punishment and affirmative action and all these other hotly contested issues TOTALLY OUT OF THE DEMOCRATIC SPHERE? That's an interesting (read nonsensical) notion... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ronald | 1/26/2014

    " Disappointing on many levels. Doesn't hold a candle to Judge Bork's many works. I'll summarize "active" liberty for you: We're the judges, we know best, we need more power, and the "negative" liberty of the Founding Fathers is holding us back. Downright scary in some parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Matt | 1/24/2014

    " Kind of difficult to follow for somebody with no background in the field. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mark | 1/21/2014

    " Describes the concepts of the personal rights of active liberty (participation in government) and passive liberty (freedom from government interference), and discusses how judicial decision making can be influenced by taking these rights into account. This book is short and repetitive, but the fundamental importance of these rights in American society outweighs those shortcomings. "

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