When I Was a Kid, This Was a Free Country

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G. Gordon Liddy reminds us what we loved about America, back when you could shoot off a firecracker, light up a cigar, or drive fast, and there wasn't a government bureaucrat telling you how to live your life. Liddy sounds an alarm for all freedom-loving Americans, warning that our liberties are being chipped away in the name of good causes, civic convenience and left-wing demagoguery "that there ought to be a law." Liddy also divulges new information in a shocking, tell-all chapter on Watergate-including court ...
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Overview

G. Gordon Liddy reminds us what we loved about America, back when you could shoot off a firecracker, light up a cigar, or drive fast, and there wasn't a government bureaucrat telling you how to live your life. Liddy sounds an alarm for all freedom-loving Americans, warning that our liberties are being chipped away in the name of good causes, civic convenience and left-wing demagoguery "that there ought to be a law." Liddy also divulges new information in a shocking, tell-all chapter on Watergate-including court documents and crime-scene evidence that shreds Woodward and Bernstein's popular theory to bits.
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In this colorful right-wing screed, the Watergate felon and conservative radio talk show host bemoans the politically correct gulag that is the United States. Liddy pillories the usual suspects-environmentalists, "killer air bags," gun-control advocates, women who think they can do anything a man can-and gnaws on old enmities in a tedious appendix full of Watergate ephemera (something about "the notorious rat John Dean," plus clippings of a call-girl ring, etc.). Liddy's hyper-masculine prose celebrates weapons, the massive, gas-guzzling "torque" of his automobiles, and Julius Caesar, a "great leader" who wisely "slaughtered all the males remaining alive" among his foes and "sold all the women and children into slavery." In his Nietzschean worldview, life is a ceaseless struggle for power among men and nations, channeled and structured by the sado-masochistic bonding rituals of warriors. But as his title implies, Liddy's most poignant writing dwells on the vanished liberties of youth: going hunting with a pal, making his own fireworks, burning leaves on an autumn afternoon (now, sadly, banned by "global warming"-a term he always uses with quotes-alarmists). His is essentially a boy's view of freedom as the absence of responsibility and constraint. His many fans, of course, will love it. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895261069
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc., An Eagle Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 308
  • Sales rank: 1,024,209
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Introduction

G. Gordon Liddy reminds us what we loved about America, back when you could shoot off a firecracker, light up a cigar, or drive fast, and there wasn't a government bureaucrat telling you how to live your life. Liddy sounds an alarm for all freedom-loving Americans, warning that our liberties are being chipped away in the name of good causes, civic convenience and left-wing demagoguery "that there ought to be a law." Liddy also divulges new information in a shocking, tell-all chapter on Watergate-including court documents and crime-scene evidence that shreds Woodward and Bernstein's popular theory to bits.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2008

    great book .....

    Great book... but sad ... sad my kids can't go out and play in the neighborhood without neighbors yelling at them for every gosh darn thing .... list of things they have been yelled at for in the past 2 years: Climbing trees riding scooters playing kick the can walking down the street at night ... cutting through a neighbors yard ... playing with air soft guns ... NO WONDER KIDS ARE INSIDE PLAYING VIDEOS GAMES AND SITTING ON THE INTERNET... they can't do anything else !!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2007

    Two-dimensional

    Mr. Liddy makes some interesting and good points, but the bulk of his argument can be summed up as, 'Why can't things just be the way they used to be?' He does point out ways in which the country has strayed somewhat, but he offers no solutions that don't involve use of a time machine. I understand the man's concerns, but I wish he'd stop whining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2005

    Liddy has done it again!

    A fantastic truthful read. Growing up with Liberal parents, who were always mad about everything, I never had two sides of any coin. I am greatful to Liddy for helping me put things into an honest perspective! (I married a conservative who came from a conservative family....go figure!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2003

    Powerful, Entertaining, and to the Point!

    The G-Man does it again! As only he can, G. Gordon Liddy recalls the lessons of the past and applies them to present-day America in this entertaining and compelling masterpiece! This is a must read for every American interested in the past and concerned about the future of the republic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2002

    Another Liddy Masterpiece!!

    Once again, G. Gordon Liddy has produced an eloquent description of how American freedom has been slowly attacked without waking the American public. If you want to read a great book that will increase your appetite to change our nation for the better, this book is for you. Long live the G-man!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2003

    He's done it again...

    G. Gordon Liddy never ceases to amaze me. His grasp on the important issues of the day and his strength in his conivictions is admirable. Like him or loathe him, you have to respect him. The GMan will forever be at the top of my list of writers and talk-show hosts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2002

    outstanding

    g. gordon pulls no punches and honesty is the best policy. i loved it - he loves america and it shows. god bless the usa and god bless g. gordon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2002

    Liddy at his finest.

    Liddy's great wit and keen style make for an excellent book. He takes many key current issues and presents a cogent case for approaching them with an eye on America's heritage, and how the military, education, environment and even love have been warped in recent years. His humor is ever present and sharp. The appendix on Watergate, and alternative theories as to why the Watergate break-in occured is interesting, but somewhat misplaced in this particular book.

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