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

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Paul Begala, James Carville

Narrated By: Paul Begala

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: January 2006

Duration: 6 hours 0 minutes


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.


  • Mandi Chestler

    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.

  • Michael Scott

    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.

  • ML

    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...

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