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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (110 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Carville, Paul Begala Narrator: James Carville, Paul Begala Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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By being too timid and too weak, too hesitant and too confused, Democrats have allowed Republicans to run amok. Republicans today use their absolute power to control everything and corrupt our democracy. Now James Carville and Paul Begala show Democrats how they can take it back. They offer a clear-eyed critique of their party's failures and make specific, concrete recommendations on how Democrats can avoid losing elections on divisive issues like abortion, gun control, gay rights, and moral values and start winning them on health care, political reform, energy, the environment, tax reform, and more.

Carville and Begala say that liberal Democrats are right that too many establishment Democrats kowtow to corporate interests and shamefully supported George W. Bush's rush to war. And moderate Democrats are right to complain that too many Democrats are out of step with middle-class values, too removed from people of faith, too enthralled with intellectual and cultural elites.

But the problem with Democrats, Carville and Begala argue, is not ideological. It's anatomical. They lack a backbone. Take It Back is a spinal transplant for Democrats and an audacious battle plan for victory.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Remarkably reasonable and cleverly calculated to appeal to a broad spectrum of Americans…Carville's and Begala's book is a refreshing entry into a field long overcrowded by polarized, pedantic screeds.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “With great humor and frequent jabs at the Bush administration…these consultants offer a thoughtful and passionate appeal for change in the Democratic Party and the nation.”


  • “Readers who have enjoyed the authors' brash, in-your-face style on programs like Crossfire and Meet the Press will appreciate this book.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tobi | 3/23/2013

    " Oh how I wish the Dems would do what is in this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Linda Conley | 12/28/2012

    " Got this in my Christmas stocking. I think the giver got it at the dollar store. In a nutshell - what the democrats do wrong. Should be a thicker book. And I'm a dem. Remember to vote!! Make history! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John | 11/5/2012

    " So obvious it hurts, not that it was bad, but that others in the Dem party hadn't been doing what these guys called for. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joe Hilley | 10/22/2012

    " This was a good book, even if you don't agree with Carville's point of view. He has some unique insights into American culture and the ways in which we express our views through politics. "

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