From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up–This book comes across more as a simple manifesto of the authors libertarian views than as a look at the important issues facing our country. Topics are divided into two sections related to personal liberty and public policy and include the preservation of life, guns, drugs, marriage and sexuality, education, and the news media in the former, with the environment, energy policy, taxation, health care, foreign policy, social security, and affirmative action in the latter. Buley typically recaps current practice and the views from the left and the right, both of which he categorizes as statism and contrasts them with his own libertarian viewpoint. Accordingly, his opinions sometimes agree with conservative, and sometimes with liberal, positions and are often critical of both, advocating a minimum of governmental intervention. A major flaw is the books utter lack of documentation. The author cites facts and statistics without giving any indication of their origin or reliability. His own advice, take it from a college student, is a poor standard of scholarship to set an example for this audience. Although he claims his book isnt 280 pages of soapboxing, the lack of documentation gives it exactly that effect.–Jeffrey A. French, Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, Willowick, OH
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