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  • Published: 15 June 2017
  • ISBN: 9781101979990
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $26.99

If You Can Keep It

The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty




#1 New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas delivers an extraordinary book that is part history and part rousing call to arms, steeped in a critical analysis of our founding fathers’ original intentions for America.

In 1787, when the Constitution was drafted, a woman asked Ben Franklin what the founders had given the American people. “A republic,” he shot back, “if you can keep it.” More than two centuries later, Metaxas examines what that means and how we are doing on that score.

If You Can Keep It is at once a thrilling review of America’s uniqueness—including our role as a “nation of nations”—and a chilling reminder that America’s greatness cannot continue unless we embrace our own crucial role in living out what the founders entrusted to us. Metaxas explains that America is not a nation bounded by ethnic identity or geography, but rather by a radical and unprecedented idea, based on liberty and freedom for all. He cautions us that it’s nearly past time we reconnect to that idea, or we may lose the very foundation of what made us exceptional in the first place.

  • Pub date: 15 June 2017
  • ISBN: 9781101979990
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $26.99

About the Author

Eric Metaxas

Eric Metaxas has written numerous award-winning and best-selling children’s books, as well as scripts for VeggieTales videos. A graduate of Yale University, his writing has been published in Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, Books & Culture, and featured on Chuck Colson’s Breakpoint radio program. He is a popular guest on various radio and television programs and lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

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