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Last Call for Liberty

How America's Genius for Freedom Has Become Its Greatest Threat
Narrated by: Os Guinness
Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: History, Americas
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The hour is critical. The American republic is suffering its gravest crisis since the Civil War. Conflicts, hostility, and incivility now threaten to tear the country apart. Competing visions have led to a dangerous moment of cultural self-destruction. This is no longer politics as usual, but an era of political warfare where our enemies are not foreign adversaries, but our fellow citizens. Yet the roots of the crisis are deeper than many realize.

Os Guinness argues that we face a fundamental crisis of freedom, as America's genius for freedom has become her Achilles' heel. Our society's conflicts are rooted in two rival views of freedom, one embodied in "1776" and the ideals of the American Revolution and the other in "1789" and the ideals of the French Revolution. Once again, America has become a house divided, and Americans must make up their minds as to which freedom to follow. Will the constitutional republic be restored or replaced? 

This grand treatment of history, civics, and ethics in the Jewish and Christian traditions represents Guinness' definitive exploration of the prospects for human freedom today. He calls for a national conversation on the nature of freedom and poses key questions for concerned citizens to consider as we face a critical chapter in the American story. He offers listeners a checklist by which they can assess the character and consequences of the freedoms they are choosing. 

In the tradition of Alexis de Tocqueville, Guinness provides a visitor's careful observation of the American experiment. Discover here a stirring vision for faithful citizenship and renewed responsibility for not only the nation but also the watching world.

©2018 Mission Audio (P)2018 Mission Audio

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  • Ezekiel
  • 28-05-19

Thought Provoking Work On Liberty In America

This book is well worth the listen. It asks many important questions that most in American society (myself included) currently fail to think deeply about. Additionally, it certainly challenged me to make sure I understand the lineage and philosophical underpinnings of the current major lines of political and social thought driving the atmosphere of the moment. Highly recommended.

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  • Darin Niemi
  • 22-02-19

Amazing book. I wish everyone could read it.

True liberty is defined incredibly in this book. please take the time to listen well.

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  • B. Baxter
  • 17-12-18

The Most Consequential Book of The Last Decade

I am convinced this is the most important and consequential book I have seen in 20 years. It should be required reading for every member of Congress, every member of the Executive Branch, and every jurist - but more importantly, for every citizen. Dr. Guinness brings a careful, cogent examination of the roots of our national crisis. He traces 4,000 years of history, bringing together in a methodical, yet winsome manner, the differences between what created the revolution of 1776 and its outcome - a Constitutional republic - and the French revolution of 1789 and its very different ideals. Our Nation is based on a covenant, he says, and this is "central to the founding of the American republic...the health or malignancy of [the condition of covenant and constitution] must be central to any assessment of the State of the Union...America can neither be understood correctly, no led well, unless the covenantal and constitutional character of American freedom is taken into account." Whether your political views are on the left or the right, this is a book that is a plea from a long-time, interested, and deeply passionate foreign observer (he is a British national) that Americans consider the two diametrically opposed paths to freedom facing the United States, and the consequences of each. This book is a call to action, without which we will fail. Hearing the author read the book is a bit like sitting in your living room having a stimulating discussion with an old friend. I cannot recommend this highly enough!

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  • Christian Jedi
  • 22-08-20

A Wake Up Call

I am studying this to memorize answers to some of the important questions of summer 2020

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  • SS
  • 01-03-20

must read for this time in the history of US

it is a once in life time opportunity for the people in power to at least understand the roots of this nation and course correct the path

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  • De Doctor
  • 18-11-19

Analysis for our time

A thoughtful analysis of what is going on in America in 2018 and 2019. Insightful with not just a surface discussion but the author goes into the philosophical background of those currents in American society.

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  • Tj
  • 23-10-19

Pivotal book

i wish every american would thoroughly examine the lessons presented in this book, and recognize just how peaceful and simple the right choice to be made is

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  • Charles Klauder
  • 16-07-19

We all have a part to play.

Loved this book. it is a great reminder that we need to prayerfully examine history and our part in shaping the nation and future that our posterity will live in.

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  • Beau
  • 12-02-19

Fascinating analysis

The information and analysis in this book are vitally important to Americans of all backgrounds as we move forward as a country that has such a divided opinion on politics and philosophy. This book gets just a bit dull at times but is still definitely worth listening to and its advice heeded.

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  • Pedro
  • 10-01-19

An Eloquent Challenge

So much I could say, but succinctly: A must read for any lover of freedom!