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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,245 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ron Paul Narrator: Bob Craig Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9781609419103
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In Liberty Defined, congressman and #1 New York Times bestselling author Ron Paul returns with his most provocative, comprehensive, and compelling arguments for personal freedom to date.

The term “liberty” is so commonly used in our country that it has become a mere cliché. But do we know what it means? What it promises? How it factors into our daily lives? Most importantly, can we recognize tyranny when it is sold to us disguised as a form of liberty?

Dr. Paul writes that to believe in liberty is not to believe in any particular social and economic outcome. It is to trust in the spontaneous order that emerges when the state does not intervene in human volition and human cooperation. It permits people to work out their problems for themselves, build lives for themselves, take risks and accept responsibility for the results, and make their own decisions. It is the seed of America.

This is a comprehensive guide to Dr. Paul’s position on fifty of the most important issues of our times, from abortion to Zionism. Accessible, easy to digest, and fearless in its discussion of controversial topics, Liberty Defined sheds new light on a word that is losing its shape.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Paul tackles an eclectic mix of topics from abortion and campaign finance reform to terrorism and Zionism…He is an equal opportunity critic who doesn’t hesitate to underline contradictions emanating from both parties.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 2/13/2014

    " Very well written and researched. For those of you 'scared' of Ron Paul and his ideas, these aren't just his words. He quotes MANY early libertarians, and economist, and foreign policy makers. He has plenty of well supported information. As I read it, I also thought, this was how our country WAS at some point and we got away from it. Even if you're not a libertarian or Ron Paul fan, I think you should still read this with an open mind to get more of understanding of libertarian principles BEFORE the main stream media skews them and makes you think, "Oh those crazy Tea Party people." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William Heydenreich | 2/11/2014

    " This is a fantastic format for a book about politics. Paul discusses pressing matters like his stance on abortion issue by issue in chapter like sections. I would recommend this to anyone who wants know exactly where paul stands on issues, without having to listen to rumours and slander. Its worth noting that if you are familiar with the principles of liberty most of this will be old information. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Krajewski | 2/3/2014

    " In Dr. Paul's latest book he addresses 50 hot issues that effect every aspect of our lives. From abortion to envy, monetary policy and creation v. evolution, Dr Paul attacks it using the libertarian axioms of non-aggression and private property. I highly recommend looking through it even if your not a fan of Ron Paul. I'm sure you'll find yourself agreeing on more topics then you would think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 2/1/2014

    " Well, this was not surprisingly a little uneven. Like Paul's speaking presence, it was at times repetitive and even incoherent (he likes to digress in writing, too.) But he's still the most visible presence in America speaking up for true liberty, so we need his voice, imperfect though it be. Actually he does have a knack for explaining some of the political issues and realities; I prefer other writers' economic explanations though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Greco | 1/28/2014

    " A great book if your interested in getting Ron Pauls views on an assortment of topics. Otherwise its not for you to read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam Stodolski | 1/27/2014

    " I love how it is put together, broken down issue by issue...great reference material. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Starr | 1/23/2014

    " Ron Paul explains his reasoning for various current political issues based on the Constitution and common sense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 1/15/2014

    " I love this book. So many topics I've been interested in (and irate about) that get broken down and explained through the lens of Liberty. They certainly didn't teach me 1% of this in school. If I can help it, my children will learn the principles of personal liberty, prosperity, and compassion before they're ever indoctrinated with the delicate intricacies of FDR's New Deal or similar hogwash they make the focus of U.S. History curriculum. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corey Sharpe | 1/9/2014

    " I once heard Ron Paul say, "You can't have liberty in pieces." Say what you want about Ron Paul, but he is consistent -- a rarity among those inside the Capitol Beltway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janell | 12/19/2013

    " Interesting book, I really have never thought Ron Paul was anyone I would be interested in but, now give him a second look. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle Scheele | 12/17/2013

    " A good starting point for those interested in Ron Paul and Libertarianism. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeremy Hurren | 12/4/2013

    " Not a great read. Good information for the complete novice about what Dr. Paul's beliefs are, but for anyone else this is pretty dry stuff and it was difficult to get through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Herschel | 12/1/2013

    " Dr. Ron Paul is a very interesting fellow. I did not agree with all his ideas however I do like some of his views on the Free Market Society and the need for what he calls sound money. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad Lee | 7/23/2013

    " As Always Ron Paul does a great job of looking at things from a very different perspective and making you sympathetic to his views. Recommended for anyone planning on voting in the primary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffree Erb | 6/27/2013

    " For those that want to put their politics to the test, this is a must read. Particularly the chapter on Empire. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank Anderson | 3/13/2013

    " My hope is all my friends and family would at least read this book. In my opinion this book outlines the main values of true liberalism and how that mean personal freedoms and that the one is more important than the group. In my philosphy this should be one of the first books to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 5/30/2012

    " Great book! Not a wasted word. Each issue is discussed briefly, followed by a list of books to read if you're interested in more depth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ty | 11/16/2011

    " gives detailed explanation on dozens of topics importment to a free society. Every Libertarian,freedom lover or Ron Paul fan should have this book in his arsenal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Kolega | 8/17/2011

    " The Texas congressman Ron Paul overviews 50 essential issues in America and how they affect our liberty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 7/12/2011

    " Four and a half stars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ginger | 7/6/2011

    " Book club pic. Best thing I can say about this book is that with the quality of the writing it's pretty clear that Ron Paul wrote this one himself instead farming it out to a ghostwriter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corey | 5/19/2011

    " I once heard Ron Paul say, "You can't have liberty in pieces." Say what you want about Ron Paul, but he is consistent -- a rarity among those inside the Capitol Beltway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/15/2011

    " I find I agree with many of Ron Paul's sentiments and arguments in this book, especially liked what he had to say on abortion and marriage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William | 5/5/2011

    " I like Ron Paul's thoughts on foreign policy, war, the cia, security, terrorism, and some other chapters. I may not agree with all the things in all the chapters but if anything he is the most sincere of the so-called Republican candidates, and appears to actually give a @#&* about the country. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dave | 4/30/2011

    " Interesting intellectual arguments but underlying premises are unconvincing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jim | 4/23/2011

    " 3.5 stars. An issue by issue glimpse of Ron Paul's thoughts and positions. These short essays don't have much punch but are still worth reading. Even if your opinion differs there is a substantial intelligence to Paul's ideas seriously lacking in 99.99% of the three branches of government. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chella LaNiece | 4/21/2011

    " Dr. Paul hits the nail on the head once more. I love Ron Paul, and I love all that he stands for. This is a MUST read before voting in the primaries. I can't say enough good things about Ron Paul or this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary | 12/13/2010

    " didn't like the format. more for ron paul novices than super fans "

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About the Author
Author Ron PaulDr. Ron Paul is a physician and twelve-term congressman from Texas who ran for president in 2008. He is the chairman of the domestic monetary policy subcommittee, and the author of eight books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Revolution: A Manifesto and End The Fed. An advocate of sound money, personal liberty, free markets, and international peace, he is chairman of the FREE Foundation, founder of the Campaign for Liberty, and distinguished counselor to the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He and Carol, his wife of fifty-three years, have five children, eighteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.