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A Republic, If You Can Keep It

Written by: Neil Gorsuch
Narrated by: Neil Gorsuch
Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins

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New York Times Best Seller

Justice Neil Gorsuch reflects on his journey to the Supreme Court, the role of the judge under our Constitution, and the vital responsibility of each American to keep our republic strong.

As Benjamin Franklin left the Constitutional Convention, he was reportedly asked what kind of government the founders would propose. He replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.” In this book, Justice Neil Gorsuch shares personal reflections, speeches, and essays that focus on the remarkable gift the framers left us in the Constitution.

Justice Gorsuch draws on his 30-year career as a lawyer, teacher, judge, and justice to explore essential aspects our Constitution, its separation of powers, and the liberties it is designed to protect. He discusses the role of the judge in our constitutional order, and why he believes that originalism and textualism are the surest guides to interpreting our nation’s founding documents and protecting our freedoms. He explains, too, the importance of affordable access to the courts in realizing the promise of equal justice under law - while highlighting some of the challenges we face on this front today.

Along the way, Justice Gorsuch reveals some of the events that have shaped his life and outlook, from his upbringing in Colorado to his Supreme Court confirmation process. And he emphasizes the pivotal roles of civic education, civil discourse, and mutual respect in maintaining a healthy republic.

A Republic, If You Can Keep It offers compelling insights into Justice Gorsuch’s faith in America and its founding documents, his thoughts on our Constitution’s design and the judge’s place within it, and his beliefs about the responsibility each of us shares to sustain our distinctive republic of, by, and for “We the People”.

©2019 Neil Gorsuch (P)2019 Random House Audio

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  • Nikki
  • 12-09-19

A must hear!

Still listening and absorbing every word. This book should be in every library...It's a must read for American citizens, lawyers, judges, and every member in Congress,the Senate and President. (past, present and future).

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  • Kyle
  • 20-09-19

Fair And Heartening

A sobering picture of what America was, is, and can be. The author does not come out in favor of leftist or right-wing ways of thinking—except when it comes to Constitutional interpretations.

When it comes to understanding the Constitution as a living, breathing document, Neil Gorsuch is having none of it. I am extremely heartened to know that the new Justice values predictable, stable approaches to making sense of the Constitution.

The future is surely brighter if people like Gorsuch are the leading governmental institutions. He is a very wise man!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-09-19

In present political climate crucially important!

This is a remarkably well written book, by an intelligent justice expressing what is at stake, and implicitly reminding us, in present day political environment where ends for some justifies any means, to preserve the oldest and most profound Constitution in the World.

The American Republic has prevailed because of the strength of and intelligent foresight built into the Constitution. Now politicians on all sides, but primarily on the left, are willing to steamroll the Constitution, with consequences no one understands.

This book should be read - and understand - by all those much too willing to ignore the Constitution, the separations of powers and the warnings by the founding fathers of how easy it would be to undermine the Constitution.

This book also explains why textualism and originalism are integral legal philosophies required to preserve the Constitution. The ideas of the political left to select judges and justices who are prepared to violate the separation of powers and legislate from the bench is incompatible with the Constitution and the founding fathers intentions.

For politicians to want judges and justices to legislate from the bench because the legislative process is cumbersome is a travesty.

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  • Dee R
  • 18-10-19

Boring. and I like Justice Gorsuch!

the book is just boring and very dry to read. I really like the Justice himself and thus bought the book. disappointed.

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  • star-finder
  • 17-10-19

Outstanding

This book is outstanding. I am highly recommending this as your next read. This book is easy to understand.