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When I was a kid, this was a free country
Liddy, G. Gordon.
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Washington, D.C. : Regnery, [2002]

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xv, 236 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
Liberties lost -- Americans and their guns -- Education -- The environment -- The military -- Of men and women -- Survive or prevail?
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The inimitable G. Gordon Liddy offers his unabashedly politically incorrect view on America.

Author Notes

G. Gordon Liddy is the host of one of the country's top-rated radio programs and the author of three bestsellers, including his highly acclaimed autobiography, Will. Described by the Kansas City Star as "incredibly intelligent, verging on genius," he has over the years been an Army officer, FBI special agent, prosecutor, defense and appellant counsel, Treasury official, White House aide, defendant, convict, prisoner, lecturer, and actor in motion pictures and television. For his role in Watergate, and for refusing to implicate others, Liddy served nearly five years in prison, including 106 days of solitary confinement

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Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Prologue: Frank Smith Returns to Francep. ix
1 Liberties Lostp. 1
2 Americans and Their Gunsp. 13
3 Educationp. 31
4 The Environmentp. 61
5 The Militaryp. 81
6 Of Men and Womenp. 119
7 Survive or Prevail?p. 137
Appendix The Key to Watergatep. 167
Acknowledgmentsp. 223
Indexp. 225