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The first major newspaper review by John Coyne of The Washington Times calls Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto an "ambitious plan indeed, but drawn up by two competent architects." This high praise follows the book's sudden climb to number one on The Washington Post non-fiction best seller list.
The book, released on August 17, was coauthored by FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey and FreedomWorks President and CEO Matt Kibbe. Coyne calls Armey "the chief architect of the Contract With America" and Kibbe a "highly respected economist with significant administrative experience, [who] has written extensively on economics, public policy and politics."
Introducing the book, Coyne discusses the history of the Tea Party movement:
"In part to dispel misconceptions, Mr. Armey and Mr. Kibbe examine the roots of the movement and the rise of what they call a new breed of citizen-activists," writes Coyne."We've seen similar protests in recent decades - Richard Nixon's silent majority, Ross Perot's rebels, Pat Buchanan's pitchfork brigades."
Coyne also notes that citizen-activists are the real stars of this book:
"The authors introduce key players - working men and women who took the first steps, carrying protest signs and setting up meetings; candidates who won unlikely victories (and continue to do so); and the Tea Party members who made the 2009 taxpayer march on Washington one of the largest political protests ever staged there," remarks Coyne.
In comparing the Republican Revolution of '94 to present day, Coyne recalls that historian Lee Edwards viewed '94 as "the tip of a great conservative iceberg that tore into the seemingly permanent Democratic majority in Congress and sank it faster than the Titanic."
"Despite global warming, that iceberg apparently hasn't melted," writes Coyne. "According to Mr. Armey and Mr. Kibbe, it may well be breaking the surface again, this time flying the colors of the Tea Party."