Take It Back: Our Party, Our Country, Our Future

Version: Abridged
Author: James Carville , Paul Begala
Narrator: Paul Begala
Genres: Politics, American Politics
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: January 2006
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 5 hours
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By being too timid and too weak, too hesitant and too confused, Democrats have allowed Republicans to run amok. Republicans today use their absolute power to control everything and corrupt our democracy. Now James Carville and Paul Begala show Democrats how they can take it back. They offer a clear-eyed critique of their party's failures and make specific, concrete recommendations on how Democrats can avoid losing elections on divisive issues like abortion, gun control, gay rights, and moral values and start winning them on health care, political reform, energy, the environment, tax reform, and more.

Carville and Begala say that liberal Democrats are right that too many establishment Democrats kowtow to corporate interests and shamefully supported George W. Bush's rush to war. And moderate Democrats are right to complain that too many Democrats are out of step with middle-class values, too removed from people of faith, too enthralled with intellectual and cultural elites.

But the problem with Democrats, Carville and Begala argue, is not ideological. It's anatomical. They lack a backbone. Take It Back is a spinal transplant for Democrats and an audacious battle plan for victory.

Reviews (3)

Back To The Future--A Better One

Written by Mandi Chestler from Lake Oswego, OR on May 6th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Take It Back charts the way back to a better future for democracy and America. Carville and Begala give practical, can-do advice on how the Democratic Party can actually win elections and get our country back on track. They present their case with wisdom, moderation and humor. The result is a book well worth the listen.

Take it Back: Our Party, Our Country, Our Future

Written by Michael Scott from Santa Cruz, CA on March 20th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Paul Begala and James "Ragin' Cajun" Carville are both Democratic political commentators, who have served as co-host on shows such as CNN's "The Situation Room", CNN's Crossfire, and MSNBC's "Equal Time". In addition, they were both political strategests for the Clinton Whitehouse. In this book, they have come up with some provacative details on how to wrestle control of the Federal Government back from the Neocons, and help make government again serve the people, and not corporations and the special interests. The accomplish this with many common-sense ideas that anyone can grasp. And they entertain the reader while doing it. It's definitely the best book I've read this year, and will be watching out for both authors in the future.

What you thought you knew

Written by ML on April 6th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is a great book not because it points out what's wrong with politics as usual, there are many of those, but because Carville and Begala actually take the time to make suggestions on how to FIX what's wrong. It obviously has a leftist slant, but they do not spare the rod for anyone, including current Democratic leaders. Worth the time, especially the part on taxes. Find out what you thought you knew...

Author Details

Author Details

Carville, James

James Carville is the best-known and most-loved political consultant in American history. He is also a speaker, talk-show host, actor, and author withsix "New York Times" bestsellers to his credit. Part of a large Southern family, he grew up without a television and loved to listen to the stories his mama told. Mr. Carville lives with his wife, Mary Matalin, and their two daughters in New Orleans.

Begala, Paul

Paul Begala was a chief strategist for the 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign, which carried thirty-three states and made Bill Clinton the first Democrat to win the White House in sixteen years. He served as counselor to the president in the Clinton White House, where he coordinated policy, politics, and communications. He is the author of four books, including Is Our Children Learning?: The Case Against George W. Bush; It's Still the Economy, Stupid; and Buck Up, Suck Up...and Come Back When You Foul Up (with James Carville). Begala is a CNN political commentator and a research profes