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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (833 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lawrence Lessig Narrator: Lawrence Lessig Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In an era when special interests funnel huge amounts of money into our government-driven by shifts in campaign-finance rules and brought to new levels by the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission-trust in our government has reached an all-time low. More than ever before, Americans believe that money buys results in Congress, and that business interests wield control over our legislature.

With heartfelt urgency and a keen desire for righting wrongs, Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig takes a clear-eyed look at how we arrived at this crisis: how fundamentally good people, with good intentions, have allowed our democracy to be co-opted by outside interests, and how this exploitation has become entrenched in the system. Rejecting simple labels and reductive logic-and instead using examples that resonate as powerfully on the Right as on the Left-Lessig seeks out the root causes of our situation. He plumbs the issues of campaign financing and corporate lobbying, revealing the human faces and follies that have allowed corruption to take such a foothold in our system. He puts the issues in terms that nonwonks can understand, using real-world analogies and real human stories. And ultimately he calls for widespread mobilization and a new Constitutional Convention, presenting achievable solutions for regaining control of our corrupted-but redeemable-representational system. In this way, Lessig plots a roadmap for returning our republic to its intended greatness.

While America may be divided, Lessig vividly champions the idea that we can succeed if we accept that corruption is our common enemy and that we must find a way to fight against it. In REPUBLIC, LOST, he not only makes this need palpable and clear-he gives us the practical and intellectual tools to do something about it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As an academic, Lessig has the research chops to find the anecdotes that best fit the narrative case he's making, and to lay them out in wonderful detail. But his real gift is in the art of stringing them together into a story. That means that this book is as persuasive as it is enjoyable to read.”

    The Atlantic

  • “Mr. Lessig's analysis of the distorting effects of money is…dead on.”

    New York Times

  • Republic, Lost is a powerful reminder that this problem goes deeper than poor legislative tactics or bad character. As progressives contemplate how best to pick up the pieces after recent setbacks, a robust agenda to change how business gets done in the capital needs to be part of the picture. This time, we'd better mean it.”

    The American Prospect

  • “Without a doubt, the Lessig plan…would be a vast improvement over the current system.”

    Washington Monthy

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Katherine | 2/6/2014

    " Excellent. Rather makes one want to depose the entire Congress and start over. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Valentina | 1/30/2014

    " A useful conceptual framework to think about much-talked about issues in a more comprehensive, systematic way. It focuses on campaign financing and the power of interest groups. Very good analysis of a depressing situation. His recommendations though are not as inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ryan Good | 1/27/2014

    " This book is really good. I learned a lot, though it's a little long. It's a sad look at our Government. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Keith | 1/26/2014

    " Excellent read, thought-provoking, eye-opening and very informative. "

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