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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (77 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert C. Byrd, Senator Robert C. Byrd Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2004 ISBN: 9781415912867
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In the months and years following September 11, Robert C. Byrd has viewed with alarm what he considers to be a slow unraveling of 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “In this important book a true patriot sounds the alarm about a runaway presidency.”

    Madeline Albright

  • “In truth, [Byrd’s] sermon should be taken seriously by anyone who believes that republican government ultimately rests on public debate and resolution regarding the highest acts of sovereignty.”

    Washington Post

  • “Illustrates what an impassioned advocate of civil liberties can do when he draws on five decades of legislative experience.”

    Boston Globe

  • “While it would be easy to fill a sizable bookcase with books published in 2004 that were highly critical of George W. Bush, few of those authors carry the gravity of Senator Robert Byrd…His thoughts are not snarky op-eds from a pundit; they are well earned, compellingly expressed, and come from a politician much more experienced than most.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Attacks on the Bush presidency have proliferated in recent months, but few critics bring to the argument the weight of Senator Byrd…Few combine his scholar’s understanding of constitutional government with the experience gained in his nearly half-century of Senate tenure…This volume is a searing criticism, informed by Byrd’s knowledge of history, leavened with his vast experience and written with his legendary rhetorical flourish.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The distinguished gentleman from West Virginia—whose service and tenure in the Senate are legendary—pulls tight his toga and renders withering scorn unto Caesar…Few students and practitioners of politics are better equipped to make such assessments. An outstanding broadside from a true patriot.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gerry Kelly | 2/2/2013

    " One of the great writing about the missteps of George W. Bush. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thom Dunn | 1/26/2013

    " Back-jacket endorsements from Howard Dean, A. M. Schlesinger, Jr., M. K. Albright, James Mcpherson, and Z. Brzezinski. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 7/12/2012

    " Byrd is a very good writer, and his subject matter is eye opening. If every American had read this before they voted in the Bush-Kerry election, the U.S. would be on a very different path. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tommy | 7/5/2012

    " Nothing flashy here. Sen Byrd is a classy guy, as much as you can be as a resident of Capitol Hill. I respect his understanding of our history and why we must respect the values established in the Constitution, which is the dominant theme of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 columbialion | 12/28/2011

    " Sad testimony to the incivility of the Bush era Senate, by it's senior member. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabethjardine | 12/7/2011

    " damn good book, helped me in my quest to figure out what the hell happened the past 8 years in congress, presidency, ie, were we all asleep at the wheel? according to byrd, possibly "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darell Schmick | 6/17/2011

    " Apt partisan criticism of what the subtitle states: a reckless Presidency. Robert Byrd pens this when serving his final term as most senior US Senator ever. RIP Robert Bryd. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thom | 1/17/2010

    " Back-jacket endorsements from Howard Dean, A. M. Schlesinger, Jr., M. K. Albright, James Mcpherson, and Z. Brzezinski. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 columbialion | 1/7/2010

    " Sad testimony to the incivility of the Bush era Senate, by it's senior member. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabethjardine | 4/21/2009

    " damn good book, helped me in my quest to figure out what the hell happened the past 8 years in congress, presidency, ie, were we all asleep at the wheel? according to byrd, possibly "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 7/19/2008

    " Byrd is a very good writer, and his subject matter is eye opening. If every American had read this before they voted in the Bush-Kerry election, the U.S. would be on a very different path. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tommy | 2/2/2008

    " Nothing flashy here. Sen Byrd is a classy guy, as much as you can be as a resident of Capitol Hill. I respect his understanding of our history and why we must respect the values established in the Constitution, which is the dominant theme of the book. "

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About the Author
Author Robert C. Byrd

Robert C. Byrd (1917–2010) was a United States senator from West Virginia. Serving since 1959, he was the longest-serving senator in the history of the republic. He held more leadership positions in the US Senate than any other senator in history, including the office of President pro tempore, Senate Majority and Minority Leader, Senate Majority and Minority Whip, and chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned thirty-seven Earphones Awards.