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Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto

3.06  ·  Rating Details ·  111 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
This groundbreaking manifesto is essential reading for tea party activists—or any American seeking to understand what the Tea Party is fighting for and what's next for the movement

Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey and Matt Kibbe have been on the front lines of one of the fastest-growing and most influential political phenomena in recent memory: the Tea Party movemen
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published August 17th 2010 by William Morrow
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Sep 05, 2010 Bernie rated it really liked it
For the Conservative... those who believe in limited government and fidelity to the Constitution; who believe in American exceptionalism and free market principles and see the distressing trends toward statism and away from liberty, joining with like-minded people is a natural... and we've been doing it even before we came to be defined as tea-partiers. Still, Dick Army does an enlightening job of outlining the short history of our movement.... who some of the major players are, and what they be ...more
John Maniscalco
Dec 01, 2010 John Maniscalco rated it it was ok
As someone who generally agrees with the principles espoused in this book, I was somewhat disappointed. This book is part manifesto, part history of Tea Party, part commercial for FreedomWorks. There really isn't much new here but for those who are interested in the Tea Party it provides a good overview of the movement -- strict constitutionalism, limited government, and personal responsibility, and you won't find much more than that. The parts of the books that describes FreedomWork's contribut ...more
Matthew Broman
Jun 08, 2015 Matthew Broman rated it really liked it
I thought it was a very well written book about who and what the Tea Party are all about. I have been reading other people's reviews of this book and i have to agree with one person in particular who commented that although he agreed with a lot of the issues that the Tea Party stands/fights for, he felt that the book was a recruiting tool for the group and perhaps it is meant to be. I too enjoyed this book very much and can agree with a lot of the issues they stand for including personal freedom ...more
Sean Menon
Feb 12, 2011 Sean Menon rated it really liked it
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So far I think Give Us Liberty by Dick Armey is a great book that relates the original tea party to the new one. The book explains the basics of the Republican view of society in a straight forward way. My favorite part of the book so far is how the author connects historical events to the modern events and corrects the mistakes former presidents had made. Dick Armey writes in a way so his book does not criticize the Democratic viewpoint but shows how the Republican Part
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Oct 20, 2010 Read Featured rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As manifestos go, this one's no less idealistic and naive than any other manifesto out there, no less passionate as well.

"It was also during this time I remember post-World War II refugees from scoialist Eastern Europe fleeing to the prairie. It struck me that people would leave their homeland and everything they knew to go someplace for freedom. I did not see anyone fleeing the United States to go in search of collectivism."

I guess seeing is believing, there. Great way to come up with your uni
Mar 01, 2011 Tom rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book....i really did. Not b/c i agree with the Tea Party in all that it stands for but b/c I wanted to get a better understanding of the Tea Party and why it holds to some of the political ideas (ideals) that it does.

This book really was a failure on a number of levels. First, let's be honest. The Tea Party is not really inclusive, as it claims it is, of democrats, republicans, libertarians, etc. The Tea Party is an ultra conservative fringe of the Republican party. And in
Oct 02, 2011 Hava rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Recommended to Hava by: nobody
I listened to this as a book on CD...or tried to. Actually, I quit partway through, and turned the BCD back into the library. The first couple of chapters were extremely tedious - in case you were wondering, Dick Armey is an amazing, wonderful, truly stupendous individual who is just arguing for freedom here in America, which basically boils down to government never getting involved in the affairs of the common man. Ever.

But (in a huge contradiction that I simply can't get past) it's okay to spe
Jul 16, 2012 Jason rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Please allow a little alliteration. This work is--a perfected piece of patriotic puffery and propaganda. Sounds simple and yet complex at the same time, doesn't it? So does this book.

What begins as an exaltation of the ideals originally put forth by visionary revolutionaries of the 18th century, quickly descends into a how-to manual that feels analogous to 'Time Share' presentations and garden-variety pyramid schemes to fill the coffers of Freedom Works and their partners, Americans for Prosperi
Trevor Parker
Jan 29, 2014 Trevor Parker rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, politics
This is a decent book that explains the viewpoint of the Tea Party. If you are already conservative and or Libertarian then you will probably jive with this book. I gave it two stars because it is really long and boringly detailed. The beginning is great; it gives you a clear message about what the Tea Party wants and why it exists. But then Armey goes into a month by month discussion on the history of the Tea Party movement. That may interest you if you love this topic. It did not me, an only-m ...more
Jul 01, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
The birth of the Tea Party and a timely book to read about the difficulties our country is facing and the assault on our freedoms and liberty orchestrated by past and current administrations.
This book is still relevant. Business as usual in Washington has only gotten worse.
"This is a movement stirred into action not out of partisan bitterness but as a reaction to a government that has grown too large, spends too much money, and is interfering with American's freedoms. The principles
Oct 18, 2015 Tyler rated it really liked it
I thought the book was pretty okay. Nothing to spectacular about the book. I really don't understand why they are consider crazy, because they are just trying to represent what America stands for.
Jeff Yoak
Normally my disinterest in the political world wouldn't have had me pick this up. One of the problems with having such a long book queue is that I sometimes develop a passing interest in something that is long gone before I get to a book that dovetailed with that interest.

Probably prompted by the election and seeing activity from the Tea Party movement, I thought looking behind the curtain might be interesting. Maybe then it would have been. It isn't now.
Jan 05, 2011 Thomas rated it did not like it
I think Dick Armey and Matt Kibbe have mastered how to take advantage of the American people. The writing style is very relaxed and contains Wikipedia like references to both authors and events sponsored by Freedomworks the not for profit that pays Armey and Kibbe on the upwards of $500k and $200k respectively. The book does contain insightful methods to set up your own cause.
Sep 10, 2010 Naomi rated it really liked it
This is a good book for those who have questions on what a constitutional conservative is, are new to this philosphy or for progressives who are interested in educated debate of the subject. One who has been a constitutional conservative is going to find this book to be redundant on information already published.
Derrick Isaacson
Jan 28, 2012 Derrick Isaacson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was skeptical when I first started the book, but I was surprised how thoughtful and informative Give Us Liberty was. It's a very practical guide for tea party conservatives.
Gillian Bourassa
Clear, consise explanation of the formation of the Tea Party movement and its core beliefs. Quite useful in understanding the current political debate.
Oct 22, 2010 Donalee rated it did not like it
Holy crap! These people are freaking insane. Read at your own risk!!! Maybe it's better NOT to know what they are thinking.
Bekki Fahrer
Nov 16, 2013 Bekki Fahrer rated it did not like it
Shelves: grad-school
I am not an advocate of book burning. Yet.

Stupid me, choosing to analyze the movement for a class in Grad school.
Sep 09, 2012 Mick rated it liked it
I enjoyed this look at something that I think is a fundamental sea shift in conservative politics.
Oct 20, 2010 Tee rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Tea Party Patriots and their opponents
A nice read. Some parts are confusing, but overally it's good.
Mike Lamb
Jul 26, 2011 Mike Lamb rated it really liked it
An interesting history of the current Tea Party movement.
Sep 22, 2010 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must read for every American.
Gary Gray
Mar 03, 2013 Gary Gray rated it it was ok
Know I know what the tea party is about
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