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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions (Jan. 17 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439173249
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439173244
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3 x 21.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #258,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The companion book to Liberty and Tyranny. . . . Levin’s analysis is deadly to liberalism. . . . Ameritopia is historical X-ray vision in book form.”
—Jeffrey Lord, The American Spectator

“A must-read for Americans of all political persuasions. . . . An honest discussion of the dangers presently facing our country. . . . Levin does a fantastic job.”

—Jedediah Bila, Newsmax

“Mark Levin has a unique ability to take complex subjects and boil them down to their essentials.”

—Erick Erickson, Red State

“That Levin wrote this book now demonstrates not only his passion for the United States, but his awareness that he is a statesman defending natural law at a pivotal moment in human history. . . . Mark Levin [does] the lion’s share of our shouting—eloquently—with Ameritopia.”

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About the Author

Mark R. Levin, nationally syndicated talk-radio host and president of Landmark Legal Foundation, is the author of Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto, which spent more than three months as a #1 New York Times bestseller and sold more than one million copies. His books Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America and Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover’s Story of Joy and Anguish were also bestsellers. He has worked as an attorney in the private sector and as a top adviser and administrator to several members of President Ronald Reagan’s cabinet.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bruce g. marshall on March 18 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best books I've ever read. Mark Levin has written a masterpiece about history's masterminds and the timeless allure of their collectivist utopias....all of which have ended in misery for the millions ensnared in their attempt to create a more perfect man. It confirms my suspicions that the progressive-Marxist movement is up to no good, intent on destroying the very idea of America and intent on ringing the last ounce of individualism out of us all. This book gives you a clear understanding on how seemingly intelligent people could hold ideas so opposed to experience and common sense. It also explains the use of language to revise history and help the modern utopian- collectivist cause. This book should be studied in High-School by every student. (That's not going to happen!)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Zvi Lifshiz on Jan. 18 2012
Format: Hardcover
Well I didn't think that Liberty and Tyrrany could be beaten, but it has. Mark Levin has done it again, and in a way that even surpasses his previous works. With this book, I went back and watched past speeches by the president, the occupy movement, etc...and it's all right there. Almost word for word, the utopian rhetoric is broken down in this book and then recognized when the leftists speak. If you want to undersand that is this thing that makes people give up their personal freedoms, their individuality, and their hard-earned property for some idealized vision of the world that in practicality can never exist (because it goes against human nature, against the laws of economics, against everything rational), then this book will leave you with eyes wide open.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gaboora on Nov. 14 2012
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Ameritopia is the complement of, or the sequel to, Liberty and Tyranny. The flowers of liberty and the weeds of tyranny have their philosophic roots. That is the subject of Levin’s inquiry this time. This is about the origins of what was defined in the preceding book. Since the republic of America has already slipped into soft tyranny, an oppressive form of democracy, if not yet full-blown democratic despotism, these two questions bookend the volume: (1) “What kind of power both attracts a free people and destroys them?” (p. x); (2) “Have too many among us already surrendered or been conquered?” (p. 246.)

Oppressive power attracts people who want to be governed instead of represented (p. 209), even to the point of being told what kind of lightbulb they must use (p. 225), which is just one example of ‘administrative tyranny’ (p. 168.) They want, not equality under the law that recognizes one’s right to self-govern and to reap the fruit of one’s labor (pp. 8, 9), but equality of status through unconstitutional means that are used to plunder the gains of some in order to profit others (p. 121.) They support a tax plan that will ‘redistribute the wealth’ and ‘level the playing field’ (p. 103.) These people have been socially engineered, by reeducation that cuts ties with past customs, traditions, and beliefs (p. 229), to view America as a ‘land of haves and have-nots’ instead of the ‘land of opportunity’ (p. 210.) Communism can work, they argue; it just hasn’t been ‘faithfully executed’ yet (p. 77.) Tocqueville: “It is indeed difficult to conceive how men who have entirely given up the habit of self-government should succeed in making a proper choice of those by whom they are to be governed” (p. 178.) What kind of people will find themselves under the rule of Despotism?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Sullivan TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 19 2012
Format: Hardcover
Mark Levin starts out, by explaining the philosophical foundations of the ideal utopian state. Plato`s Republic, Thomas More`s Utopia, Thomas Hobbes`s Leviathan, and of course the Communist Manifesto, are given a brief overview.

Next, Levin takes the reader through, the philosophical underpinnings of the US Constitution. John Locke seems to have had the largest influence, on the creators of the US Constitution. Charles de Montesquieu and Alexis de Tocqueville also had an impact, on how the structure of the US government would be designed.

The idea of the book is to compare and contrast, the two systems of government. The US Republic involves government decentralization, individual rights, property rights, and commercial freedom. The utopian ideal seems to be, the polar opposite of the original American concept. The utopian model has a strong centralized government, that trumps almost all individual rights. Levin then points out, how America has moved away from their founding principles and moved towards a socialist utopia.

I would have enjoyed a few suggested solutions, to some of the current problems. What empire has not gone into decline, after a period of success? There does not appear to be many examples of previous empires self correcting, and getting things back on track. I feel an additional chapter, with some proposals on how to remedy the current situation, would have been appreciated.
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