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Patriot Acts: What Americans Must Do to Save the Republic

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  9 reviews

The noise from both Washington and the media is deafening, the deeds of our lawmakers alarming. America needs a break from the posturing and the politicking. We need information: how we got here and where we are headed. Catherine Crier, one of the most respected figures in television journalism, presents an
Paperback, 288 pages
Expected publication: January 10th 2015 by Threshold Editions (first published October 26th 2010)
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Dave Lefevre
I personally didn't learn a lot new from this book, but I wasn't really part of its target audience. Crier targets this book at persons with open minds that wish to understand why there are many of us that are upset and disgusted with current American political life and it's really an "entry level" book. An "open mind" is the key; if you have someone in your life that is willing to entertain the fact that OWS, the Coffee Party, and other such groups might have a point (though Cri ...more
Jeff Maziarek
There's no doubt that as 2012 dawns the United States faces numerous challenges that truly threaten its very existence as the "republic" so innovatively established by the country’s founders. The current so-called public servants in the Congress on both sides of the aisle fervently believe in the rightness of their positions, with many often making claims that their thinking most closely aligns with the true "intent of the founders." Unlike the politicians who make these claims without a detaile ...more
I learned a lot from reading this one. One thing in particular: We all like Walmart, but when we enjoy their cheap prices, besides thinking of where much of their products are produced, we should think of the advantages many of the stores had at their beginnings: breaks on city taxes, access roads paid for by the local government to entice their building there, and other advantages that local business did not have and caused them to fold. The customers pay for those as often hidden costs. In tha ...more
I had just finished Dylan Ratigan's Dirty Bastards and a friend from the opposite end of the political spectrum suggested that I read Patriot Acts and I thought, "Why not?". I was rather suprised to find that the two books cover pretty much the same ground and in suprisingly close to the same fashion. Ms. Crier is obviously a very smart lady and this is reflected in style of this book. Compared to Ratigan she is more erudite, less bombastic and has a knack for putting our current problems into h ...more
I loved this book, and now want to re-read it. A small book w/lots of information on where are country is headed. It's not good news, unless we all do our part to change our country back to the real democracy it use to be. We are heading toward plutocracy, if it isn't too late already. President Obama being re-elected does help. But we still have the obstructionist House of Representatives. (some representing!) Good read.

The author touched all the major points regarding what's ailing our representative democracy but she did not reach all of the high notes when providing the supporting evidence for her conclusions. Read this book if you are seeking an accessible summary of what needs to be fixed for our republic (not just our nation) to survive in the 21st Century.

The Left blames the Conservative Right, the Right blames the Liberal Left, Crier finds blames in both sides, then offers her take on steps needed to "save the Republic". Unfortunately, the likelihood of anything substantive changing in the near future? Slim.

Nov 30, 2011 Joe rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone that cares about this country.
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Excellent book. One of the best That I have read lately. The author hits what is wrong with the U.S. smack on. If this country keeps on going the way we are we will be a third world country soon. The 99% ers are right!
Apr 01, 2012 Joe rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Joe by: Ed Schultz
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An Emmy and duPont-Columbia Award-winning journalist, and the youngest state judge to ever be elected in Texas, Catherine Crier is now a managing partner in Cajole Entertainment developing television, film and documentary projects.

A Dallas native, Crier earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and international affairs from the University of Texas and her Juris Doctor from Southern
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