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When They Come for You: How Police and Government Are Trampling Our Liberties - and How to Take Them Back

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A revealing book about how government, law enforcement, and bureaucratic interests are seizing our property, our children, our savings, and our fundamental American rights—and how to fight back.

Liberty and justice for all is the bedrock of American democracy, but has America betrayed our founders’ vision for the nation? In When They Come For You, New York Times bestsellin
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published October 29th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Jeanette
No rating, it's a DNF and quite earlier than most. His definitions are both realistically and pragmatically faulty. I couldn't begin to give this hodge podge more than 2 stars regardless. Because he doesn't seem to understand either law or the Constitution as it is, has been and within laws of each century -how that is applied. And not only to just citizens vs non-citizens either.

And worst of all posits from the get-go he states repeatedly that he is a Leftist who is anti-government "powers". I
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Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
WHEN THEY COME FOR YOU is a terrifying, yet hopeful look at what is going on currently in the United States.

Initially, readers may think the author is a Conspiracy Theorist, but will quickly discover that author David Kirby has definitely done his homework for this book.

WHEN THEY COME FOR YOU is incredibly well researched and every American needs to read it. If you thought you knew what the government and other large corporations are up to, you would be Dead-Wrong.

Although the discoveries he
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Angela
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This isn't your crazy uncle's conspiracy theory book. Incredibly well researched, written, and horrifying, this book rips the lid off any amount of rose colored glasses you might have been wearing re: our government and the cops in this country, among many other interesting topics, including civil forfeiture, vaccines, and researched backed data. It gets a bit dry in places and I think it could have been substantially edited to reduce the length of it, make it more palatable for every day reader ...more
David Kirby
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
STARRED REVIEW - "Booklist" is the review publication of the American Library Association. It is one of the three big book review journals, and librarians at 117,000 US libraries rely on it when ordering titles. They gave "When They Come For You" a starred review, which “recognizes books of outstanding quality, and is one of the most prestigious designations in the book industry.” @ALA_Booklist

I can’t share the whole thing until the review is published on 9/15, but here are some highlights:

In th
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John Devlin
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
The author’s on solid ground when he lists problems with govt forfeiture, excessive bail, and surveillance, but after that the work becomes a litany of anecdotes intended to evoke outrage and astonishment.

Listing everything from lemonade stand interdiction to non pasteurized milk seizures aren’t really evidence of much. Additionally, the author mischaracterizes or simply omits facts in the civil rights area, and displays a rather perplexing contradiction when he argues against govt power in area
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mary
Dec 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In very sorry I bought this wasted money

That will teach me not to spend money on a book without at least checking out the sample. All I read was the preface. Author doesn't seem to understand the constitution . Muslims and illegals do not have rights under our constitution
Angela
Nov 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
The assumptions this author makes are faulty at best, and outright lies at worst. He demonizes anyone he doesn’t agree with politically and his conclusions are tidy and unrealistic, Painting with a broad brush, he leaves us feeling duped.
Ousa
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book made me laugh and cry, made me angry as hell and scared me shitless. Most of all, it made me think. I’m still thinking about ways to apply what I’ve learned to my own life.
If you’re interested in learning more about law, gaining a deeper insight regarding the risk to our liberties, give this compelling work a read.
I only hope Mr. Kirby will continue to share some of the many untold stories via a blog or podcast.
patrick Lorelli
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics
These are not stories of conspiracies or ones that are far fetched, but ones that are real and taken from everyday life and court cases. For people to believe that none of these could happen to them or their children would be a shame. I really would have liked the author to have looked at the Patriot Act more, for I don’t think people really know how all of our rights can be taken away because of that Act. He did show one case about the government looking at someone’s library account but when do ...more
Jeff
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well Written. Flawed in Spots. Didn't Live Up To Potential. This book was solid in a journalistic sense - it has quite a bibliography at the end, though it went a bit editorial at times. Does a good job of showing some of the numerous ways the US government at every level works to deny the rights of its citizens, and mostly does a good job of balancing criticism between "both" "major" US political parties. Cites the dramatically undercounted Washington Post numbers when making claims of how many ...more
Jenn of The Bookish Society
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you don't think that you need to read this book, then you aren't paying attention. It's not a conspiracy theory book or some prepper manifesto. It is a study of actual events that have happened in the US in recent history. Well written, well researched, I've got nothing bad to say except that I wish it wasn't right or needed.
Shannan Harper
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Although little scary that things like this happens, I felt this was a very informative and well read book.

I received a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own
Monica Willyard Moen
The author is a skilled storyteller, and for that, he should receive five stars. The reason I rated this book with three stars is that it is unbalanced in that it tells the side of the victim but not the side of the police that allegedly committed miss deeds. I have found that when it comes to a dispute between two people, there is his side, her side, and the truth which is usually somewhere in the middle. For example, in the first story in the book, a couple is rated and accused of providing al ...more
Hana Correa
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book definitely falls into the elite category of must read/ need to know information. This is a terrifying look at the role of government overreach and the infringement of our constitutional rights. What many of us take for granted, corrupt government officials work studiously to take away. Both comprehensive and exhaustively researched, this fact based novel brings forward both well documented instances of civil rights infringements, as well as, less known cases. Regardless if they are wel ...more
Isabelle
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When They Come For You - How Police and Government Are Trampling our Liberties - And How to Take Them Back // by David Kirby

"Harrowing. This detailed and often shocking book...is investigative reporting at its most effective." -- Publishers Weekly

When They Come For You by David Kirby is an interesting look at the many ways US citizens can express themselves and live their lives as is allowed by the Constitution and other documents that build the foundation of the US legal system - but how they a
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Connie
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From homes that were seized because the children of unsuspecting parents were selling drugs under their roof, to people who have gotten in trouble with the law for what they have said, I found many of these stories to be startling. I did not have any idea of the lack of protection offered to ordinary citizens. One of the most surprising things was that someone driving on a road could be pulled over and their money taken from them while being accused of having drug money when in fact the cash the ...more
Cozy Cat Reviews
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Everyone needs to read this book ! This is NOT a conspiracy theory book.. This is real court cases and real situations that have happened to real Americans. The author did extensive research over a period of time enough to gather evidence that the police and government are taking away all our rights. If you think this does not apply to you you are sadly mistaken. Read this book it will open your eyes to what is really happening in this country. Truly thankful to the author for this find body of ...more
Du
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: history-govt
Meh. There are aspects that are interesting and certainly there are thought provoking issues raised, but overall I felt that this book was too emotional and didn't offer enough rationality. There also feels like a level of not seeing the whole story to these incidents that are noted. It is a downfall because you end up buying into the message and then stepping back and saying hey, what about this part or that notion, and the whole story suffers.
Brenda Miller
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Enlightening reality of today's governmental overreach and the detrimental results to many Americans. Could have done without the Trump hate speech. The book would still have been worth reading but author was clearly anti-government regardless of which party is at the helm.
Mlserna
Really interesting to read what has happened to people.
Pretty horrifying to learn.
Erica Drum
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really good read and book. I reccomended it to some of my friends. When is the government overreaching? All the time. What are our constitutional rights? Very little. I'm a Libratarian and belive in very little government. There are some views in this book I don't agree with but, overall a very good read. Some wonderful true accounts of government overreach. 1 in 6 famlies have to deal with CPS over a decade just one example in this book.
Steven
Hope lots of people read this.
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