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4.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 5 4.25 (20 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: October 2011 ISBN: 9781611135602
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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 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 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 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 Keith | 1/26/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 1/22/2014

    " Excellent! Eye opening and maddening at the same time. Should be required reading for all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron Walker | 1/12/2014

    " A great book if you want to know how much money large Corporation make off of Government subsidies this is the book to read and who and why we have such a large deficit. A must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 12/31/2013

    " Must read for a description of the systemic (NOT personal) corruption destroying American politics. 5 stars for its importance and revelations, 3 for its execution "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natali | 12/29/2013

    " Brilliant and upsetting all at the same time. No one explains the simple truth of what ails our political system better than Lawrence Lessig. Even though he tries to write a prescription for how to fix it, I can't help feeling a bit fatalistic about the possibility of his ideas being implemented. He explains how the entire lobbying industry has too much power and interest in perpetuating the system we have now. I feel so discouraged by this book but I am really glad that he wrote it. There is hope, however dim. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 12/26/2013

    " No American should enter a voting booth without understanding the real problems our democracy is facing; not from one party or another, but from the overpowering influence of money in our political system. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christian Renaud | 12/13/2013

    " This is a must read for any citizen of voting age. Period. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christa | 12/7/2013

    " Very interesting read. What he has to say is important even though his style can be a bit off-putting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela Saenger | 12/7/2013

    " If you want to understand why confidence in our government is at a historic low, read this book. Lessig describes here not only how and why our democracy is failing us, but lays out a plan for how it can be fixed. His blending of the harsh, unvarnished reality with hopeful optimism is refreshing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan Souder | 7/22/2013

    " This is easily the most important book on the state of today's US government. A must read for all citizens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 5/5/2013

    " The newest Pelayo family book club book. Efren's pick :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 2/24/2013

    " 2.5 stars. Good ideas, terrible writing and editing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hanley Bonynge | 1/2/2013

    " Amazing book that should be read by everyone who is concerned about where the US is currently headed as a republic, and especially by those who aren't rich and don't think there is a problem. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 7/3/2012

    " Wow. This should be required reading. Not the easiest book to get through, even for a poli-sci fan, but well worth the work. Read this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brad | 6/11/2012

    " Larry Lessig is one of the best thinkers of our time, and this is another great book that explains the world we live in. His take on "corruption," and how our elections have been altered by private money is a cogent argument for why we think all of our politicians are untrustworthy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 3/25/2012

    " This is the ONLY political issue that should concern Americans right now. We will not reclaim our Republic until we fix this. Neither the right nor the left will get any of their political goals accomplished until we fix our broken Congress. We need to unite on this issue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shireen | 1/23/2012

    " provides examples of how money influences legislation and offers some strategies for another way. "

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About the Author
Author Lawrence LessigLawrence Lessig is the Director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Prior to returning to Harvard, Lessig was a Professor of Law at Stanford Law School (where he was founder of Stanford's Center for Internet and Society), Harvard Law School (1997-2000), and the University of Chicago Law School. Lessig clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.

He is the author of five books on the law and technology, including Remix (2008), Code v2 (2007), Free Culture (2004), The Future of Ideas (2001) and Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace (1999) - and has served as lead counsel in a number of important cases marking the boundaries of copyright law in a digital age, including Eldred v. Ashcroft, and Golan v. Holder.