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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,663 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Naomi Wolf Narrator: Karen White Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN: 9781400176465
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The Founding Fathers believed that the proper goal of the State was to make men and women free to develop their faculties and to pursue virtue and wisdom. Our Constitution was built around these principles, protecting civil liberties and developing a careful system of checks and balances that protected our freedom from tyranny. Naomi Wolf's latest work, The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot, exposes how the escalation of executive power has eroded these core values and systems, limiting Congress's ability to make laws and our courts' power to interpret them-a scenario that our Founding Fathers foresaw and warned against. Wolf outlines in this citizen call to action-which is reminiscent of Thomas Paine's revered Common Sense-the real threats to our civil liberties that exist and explains how by working together we can stop the growing threat. The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot is the centerpiece to the American Freedom Agenda, a nonpartisan organization of which Naomi Wolf is a founding board member and which asks all Americans to support a "Freedom Pledge" to support only candidates who favor restoring the pillars of American liberty. It combines a wide host of partners, united in their belief that when it comes to the Constitution, we are neither conservative nor liberal; we are all Americans. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Here is Wolf’s compellingly and cogently argued political argument for civil rights, not women’s rights…Readers will appreciate her energy and urgency.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • Compellingly and cogently argued.... Highly recommended. Library Journal Starred Review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jinnie | 2/11/2014

    " This sounded a little dated with all its references to the Bush administration policies, but was still a chilling read the week of the UC Davis pepper spraying of non-violent protesters and crack down on OWS including press intimidation and suppression. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 1/27/2014

    " This book is true, frightening, and important. Corporate fascism is alive and well in the U.S. today, and this book is a call to action for a new generation of American patriots. If you read this book, you will understand the importance of the Ron Paul Revolution. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James | 1/11/2014

    " This book should have been better than it was. She lays out the plan at the start -- she's going to go through a list of the 10 warning signs of impending fascism, point to historical examples of each, and then show similar examples from the present day US. I didn't think she'd do it quite that formulaically -- but she does, and it ends up being a little tedious. I did like that she went for historical parallels beyond the Big Uglies of Stalin and Hitler -- since things that happen in lesser totalitarian states are often a better guide, less well-known, and pretty nasty in their own right. As for the argument, I suppose you could say that about half of her modern-day examples are pretty thin and feel like stretching to make the point. Except, that about half are not, and that's just fucking terrifying right there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 1/6/2014

    " What would it take for the United States to become a "closed" society? And what are the steps an administration takes on the way to fascist regime? These are the questions that Wolf explores in her fascinating, yet brief book, "The End of America." The book explores the roots of the American constitution and suggests how the Founding Father's would respond the post 9/11 Bush Administration's encroachment on our civil liberties. This book made me critically think about our government in historical context. It also motivated me to talk to other people about the importance of human rights and political activism. "

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

    " scary! because true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gaiasunshine | 12/26/2013

    " Well, this is something every person concerned with the future of America should read! Much of what was presented in the book wasn't new to me but the way it was put forward with reference to historic events and detailed current events...it blew my mind. It has made me more passionate about saving this democracy, even with it's flaws it could be worse. It is quickly on it's way downhill if we don't change direction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pikasam | 12/26/2013

    " Interesting. Very, very interesting... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Shaw | 12/25/2013

    " History just keeps repeating herself (until we learn the lessons) and tyranny and terrorism can come from within your own borders from the gatekeepers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robert Graham | 12/14/2013

    " This book really needed an editor. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 TJ | 11/1/2013

    " Seems to me to be full of paranoia. Not disputing her evidence but seems to be cherry picking the scariest stories and comparisons "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 10/5/2013

    " Wanna learn about how Bush/Cheney and co. systematically copied the fascist playbook? A really quick read and great breakdown of all the little tricks of establishing a totalitarian regime...if you're into that sort of thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frances | 9/30/2013

    " I learned that our way of life is threatened. We are turning to more socialistic ways. The government is taking over more and more. Not good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 9/1/2013

    " Everyone should read this. Learn something, know your rights (or lack thereof), and take it for what it's worth to you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 7/2/2013

    " An Absolute must-read for anyone interested in our current political state, and our grim history. Wolf gives a very eye-opening and interesting view on why our constitution was written, and the dangers we face with its dismantling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 5/26/2013

    " A must read for anyone interested in politics, free speech or any of the other rights given by the Constitution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 5/23/2013

    " It's very eye-opening. At first I thought she was just being paranoid, but everything she's saying is from referenceable sources, and the parallels with Goebbels and other fascists are staggering. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shooting | 1/19/2013

    " must read for every american!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dannika | 12/18/2012

    " This is an important book to read whether you support the current administration or not. It gives valuable information that is very pertinent to the time in which we live. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laronika Thomas | 10/24/2012

    " This is a chilling and important read. It should be at the top of every thinking person's reading list. I always knew there were parallels between the Bush/Cheney Administration and dictatorships throughout history. It was a wake-up to see those parallels laid out in detail. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 8/25/2012

    " I heard Naomi Wolf speak at Stony Brook after a screening of the documentary based on this book. Both she, the movie, and her book are fascinating looks at the parallels between societies that have fallen into fascism and tyranny and what has transpired in our own country these last 8 years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 7/6/2011

    " This book is an enlightening read for anybody who cares about the scary state of America today. It's a powerful, and necessary call to action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mona | 2/19/2011

    " Taken with a grain of salt, but still... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsey | 2/2/2011

    " Solid. Hard to get through, but good information. Scary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 11/30/2010

    " This book got me started working in politics. Seriously. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicolas | 11/29/2010

    " Lot's of interesting anecdotes, but a rather obvious and inflated tone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darrin | 7/30/2010

    " Very good principles about how open societies become closed. Very frightening too. Made me look around a bit more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jose | 7/12/2010

    " good audio book. interesting case and arguments "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frances | 5/1/2010

    " I learned that our way of life is threatened. We are turning to more socialistic ways. The government is taking over more and more. Not good. "

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About the Author
Author Naomi Wolf

Naomi Wolf made a sensation with her landmark international bestseller The Beauty Myth in 1991. The author of several books, she is also the cofounder and president of the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership. She lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audiobooks since 1999. An Audie Award finalist, she has earned numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her reading of The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2009.