Book Review – It is Dangerous to be Right When The Government is Wrong by Judge Andrew Napolitano

  Title:  It is Dangerous to be Right When The Government is Wrong

Author:  Judge Andrew Napolitano

ISBN:  9781595553508

Publisher:  Thomas Nelson


Synopsis (from 


If the government exists to serve us, and if freedom is part of our humanity, how can the government take freedom from us? Is human freedom in America a myth, or is it reality? The United States of America was born out of a bloody revolt against tyranny. Yet almost from its inception, the government here has suppressed liberty. Within the pages of It Is Dangerous To Be Right When The Government Is Wrong, New York Times best-selling author Judge Andrew P. Napolitano lays out the case that the U.S. government, whose first obligation is to protect and preserve individual freedoms, actually does neither.

The judge offers eye-opening, sometimes frightening examples of how, time and again, the human liberties we are guaranteed in the Constitution are vanishing before our eyes. He asks: where does freedom come from? How can government in America exercise power that the people have not given to it? What forces have collaborated to destroy personal freedom?


My thoughts:  Well,  I really, really wanted to be able to get into this book and like it, but I simply could not and did not.  In fact, I had a hard time even getting through the introduction.  Judge Napolitano, a well-known conservative libertarian, who frequently contributed to Fox News clearly has many issues with the government.  Right away in the first part of the book, I was so annoyed by his continuous government bashing that I often wondered to myself, if it is so bad, why do you even live here, not to mention how did you serve this government as a New Jersey judge for years.  Clearly, this man is incredibly knowledgable about the law as is evidenced by  his intricate if not dry description of it in the first part of this book.  In my opinion, I just couldn’t get beyond the government bashing enough to enjoy this book.


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