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Taking a Stand: Moving Beyond Partisan Politics to Unite America

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  342 ratings  ·  53 reviews

Senator Rand Paul, leading national politician and 2016 Presidential candidate, presents his vision for America.
From his electrifying thirteen-hour filibuster against administration-orchestrated drone strikes against U.S. citizens, to leading the discourse on criminal justice, Senator Rand Paul has taken Washington by storm. His outreach to this country's minority communit
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Center Street (first published March 11th 2014)
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May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A clear, well-written and inspiring vision on America, the world, and the GOP. It raises only one question: how can anyone not stand with Rand?
Daveda Gruber
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you never bothered to learn about Rand Paul or you just want to learn more, this is the book for you. Every American should read it before voting in 2016. Learn about the man, his wife, his life as an eye surgeon, and becoming a Senator.

Rand Paul is no ordinary Politician. He went into the senate with the intention on doing what a senator was supposed to do. That didn't last too long. He didn't want to be one of the cronies who saw business as usual and not stepping on toes as to not stir up
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was first introduced to Rand Paul when he first filibustered. I was a supporter of his father. This book illustrates his stances on all the major issues. In the book he outlines plays to make constitutional amendments to limit the terms of congressmen and senators. He also wants a constitutional amendment that will make the congress balance the budget every year. He discusses his idea for the largest tax cut in American history.

Rand Paul sets himself apart from other candidates in the Republi
Kevin Keating
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good book. While it is a little self-serving (I guess it has to be if the guy is/was running for president, he really addresses many current issues in reasonable ways. It was very readable and pointed out a number of problems in government that need fixing. I'd like to see him attack some of them from his Senate seat. ...more
Aug 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rand Paul is running for President, and like many other Candidates, releasing a book at the beginning of the Campaign is a good way to get his messages out and to introduce himself to the voters. ​I'd estimate the content of the book as being about one-half lambasting Democrats, Obama, and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, and the other half trying to explain his political positions on the important issues facing our Country.

As most of us know, ​Rand was a physician prior to running for
Skye Bennet
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Being a fan of his father, Ron Paul, has had me interested in Rand since he entered politics. While I have yet had the chance to read his older book(s), "Taking a Stand: Moving Beyond Partisan Politics to Unite America" was a superb book that had me thinking a lot about what Rand was saying. This book brought me new hope for America's future, and as the other person states in their review, how can anyone not stand with Rand? I highly recommend this title to anybody and everybody, regardless of y ...more
Josh Bradham
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the most well written books in the case of liberty I've ever read. I was an initial convert because of his father, but after reading this book I like him more than I like his father. This is a man who is committed to principles and ideals in a way that does not exist in Washington these days. I was a firm supporter of him prior to this and am not a die hard. ...more
Jul 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction
Why did I read this? Because I saw him on Jon Stewart's show and ended up being curious about what he had to say. Ultimately the main goal of the book is that he wants to become President of the United States. Some of his ideas like a flat tax rate, the demilitarization of our police department, and term limits are good ones. He points out the injustices of big government especially towards minorities and the poor. He also points out the failures in the war on drugs and the unfairness of mandato ...more
Dawn Monahan
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can not count the times I have wanted to shout in agreement with Paul! His ideas are so compelling, he makes a political platform book exciting to read. Good gracious - read this book!
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: auto-biographies
I'm much more impressed with Rand that I thought I would be. He has some really good ideas but I always wonder why the crazies beat out the good people in the race for the presidency. ...more
Justin Tapp
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I live in Kentucky where Rand Paul is my Senator. I'm writing this review after his 5% finish in the Iowa caucus, and I'm glad his Presidential star has long faded because I'd rather he build his brand as a Senator. This book raises important points about liberty, privacy, and public policy that are not being heard much on the political stage. He can further his positions best by remaining in the Senate. Ironically, Paul believes in the information conveyed by the free market but ignores his poo ...more
Adam C. Marshall
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rand Paul lays out a great vision for America, a lot of what I see President Trump doing today. A lot of great ideas in this book. Great read!!!
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The new Breed

Libertarianism meets Nationalism. A new breed of mainline politician. Rand Paul is the future of politics on The Hill and in Washington, and incapsulates what it means to be Libertarian, with very classically Liberal and conservative ideals blended in just the right amount. Not leaning too far right, nor too far left, he is the best of both worlds ( Democrat and Republican) although there isn't too much about these old archaic parties to be proud of in modern politics. Socially Libe
Sep 14, 2022 rated it liked it

Disclaimer: I am a policy junkie. Give me Pres. Obama's huge memoir on the first couple of years of his presidency, and I am as happy as a clam. When Senator Paul talks policy, I'm all in, even if I disagree with the policy proposal. That being said, this book is Paul's pitch to be voted President in the 2016 election, and there's several reasons I wouldn't have voted for him. One of the biggest blunders I found in the book is his pitch to withdraw foreign aid from countries who wage war on Chri
James Banzer
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Senator Rand Paul has a vision which he calls Moving Beyond Partisan Politics to Unite America. That's the subtitle of his book, Taking a Stand. While preparing his recent short-lived presidential run the junior U.S. senator representing Kentucky outlined his views concerning America's future. Ideas that formed the basis of his candidacy seemed to be catching fire for awhile. Unfortunately the effort fizzled and died while Donald Trump was name-calling his way to the 2016 Republican presidential ...more
Kelly Griffin
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I won Rand Paul's book as a part of a giveaway on the Goodreads website. I decided to enter because I am on the fence about all the presidential hopefuls for the 2016 election. I tend to be a moderate voter with swings to the left and right on different issues and thought reading this book would help with my decision regarding the upcoming election. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed reading this book and hearing his stance on issues.

Rand Paul wrote a well thought out platform of what
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Being Senator Rand Paul's third book, and since it is part of his roll out for his candidacy for president, expectations should be pretty high for "Taking a Stand: Moving Beyond Partisan Politics to Unite America." Senator Paul writes mostly about his ideas and vision for America, but also incorporates a decent bit of biographical information early on. While it's nice to include personal information, I generally prefer a book to either be solely autobiography or solely policy. With that said, it ...more
Bonnie Samuel
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably unlike most people who will read this book, I am a Democrat who happily voted for Obama twice. I picked this book up because I think it's important to understand where candidates from both parties stand. As you would expect, I find most of the Republican candidates intolerable. But I actually really enjoyed this book and actually agreed with Paul in quite a few places. Unlike most political books released during campaign season, this one is written in an engaging, thoughtful, and intere ...more
Andrew Ruff
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rand is one of the few politicians I trust. I felt I had a good understanding of his opinions, but this manages to dig deeper as well as cover a lot of topics. Some might be surprised to find him quoting MLK and Churchill, and a whole chapter about protecting the environment. Regarding sneek and peek warrants which are supposed to be about terrorism, out of 6775 requests, 5093 were used in drug cases and only 31 were used to fight terrorism. According to Open Doors, there are more than 100 milli ...more
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
MSenator Rand Paul of Kentucky, as many Presidential candidates over the years have done, presented his position on a wide range of issues for American voters to consider prior to the 2016 Presidential primaries. While presenting the weaknesses of the outgoing administration, he very clearly outlines his alternatives for dealing with the federal budget, foreign trade policies, environmental policy, and health care. Senator Paul suggested a bipartisan approach for dealing with the issues at hand. ...more
Holden Malinchock
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was great. Perfect book for anyone interested in learning about politics. Specifically learning more about Rand Paul's platform and understanding his views of our problems we face today. He goes into many details about what he finds important and what he would for sure change if he became president. Specifically he talks a lot about Health Care and the poor. He lays out specific details on what he would do as president and gives lots of fascinating stories that he heard from victims an ...more
Joe N.
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Simply put Rand is taking on issues that will either win him the presidential election or disqualify himself of any chance. In any case regardless of wether you agree with him or not he is the only candidate that I see trying to save and even expand the republican party from its self induced suicidal death spiral. If he does win the presidential seat he could potentially be another Reagan but only time will tell. I am especially impressed with his strong and tireless stand against the NSA monstr ...more
Scott Lee
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I don't agree with everything Paul says, and there are somethings that I'd like to hear a candidate address that he doesn't address here, but I found much that I agreed with, much that was thought provoking, and the delivery and tone makes the senator feel like someone I could hold a reasonable, substantive discussion with whether we agreed or not. THAT is something I've not said or felt about any politician in a long time. I wish it was a trait I encountered more ...more
James Biser
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am very impressed with Senator Rand Paul, or as he is known to the people of Guatemala where he did volunteer eye surgeries, Doctor Pablo. I wish he were now running for President. Unfortunately, we U.S. citizens damned to the 2016 presidential race are forced to choose between two poor options, Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump. Reality sounds like the punchline to a bad joke!
Biographically, Rand Paul is interesting. I enjoyed learning more about this man.
Casandra Hassett
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I love reading these books written by politicians. Well at least the ones I agree with. And this one I mostly agree with.

The chapter that I really loved was Chapter 9: Government Overreach. This chapter quite frankly made my skin crawl. To think of this chapter in more recent breakthrough context of the Wikileaks information makes me really dislike my government. I know that that was not the intent of the author but that's how I felt.
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Perhaps an electable libertarian.

Definitely a good read to understand Rand's positions on everything from healthcare, NSA invasion of privacy, foreign policy, unfair minority incarceration, the environment, and education.

Clearly not a Washington insider who has convictions regarding individual liberty and the failed policies of an over-reaching federal government.
Hans Voorn
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
While Rand has some good ideas, it is obvious he was running for President at the time this was written. He jabs at President Obama and Hillary in obvious partisan Fox-like rhetoric and it falls flat after a few chapters. Libertarian ideas have their place but his father did a better job of selling them than Rand does in this book.
Kyle Bale
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A book with a message I really needed to hear amidst the divisiveness that was the 2016 election season. I was a fan of Rand prior to reading this book and, to be fair, probably liked the book to the extent I did because I met him in-person at the book signing when I bought it. Regardless, I thought he was one of the more upstanding politicians in Congress and had a genuine message to share.
Oct 19, 2014 rated it liked it
I would give Taking a Stand 3.5 stars if Goodreads allowed half stars. I like Rand Paul and agree with many of his stances and ideas, but there was not much new here. This book would be better suited to someone just discovering the Kentucky senator.
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Basically a plug for his campaign, but I really like Mr. Paul's ideas. He's innovative and brings a fresh new perspective to Republican politics. It's a real shame he's going to be drowned out by the same old GOP. He would have had my vote. ...more
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U.S. Senator Rand Paul lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky with his wife and three children. He has been a practicing ophthalmologist for seventeen years. His run for the US Senate representing Kentucky was his first bid for political office. He is the son of Ron Paul, Texas congressman and 2008 Republican Presidential candidate.

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