“Give Me Liberty”

NRI fellow Richard Brookhiser was recently featured in the Virtual Book Club, highlighting his latest work, Give Me Liberty.

In his latest book, Richard Brookhiser recounts the history of American liberty through the stories of thirteen essential documents. He offers up a truer and more inspiring story of American nationalism as it has evolved over four hundred years. He makes the case that Americans have always sought liberty, asked for it, fought for it; every victory has been the fulfillment of old hopes and promises. This is our nationalism, and we should be proud of it.

NRI supporters at the $250+ level were invited to read along and join us for four exclusive book club calls with the author! For questions or more information, please events@nrinstitute.org.

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Please note that because of an unprecedented surge in online orders your book delivery might be delayed, please plan accordingly and consider downloading the book digitally.

The schedule below will keep you on pace with other readers in the National Review Institute virtual book club.

Week 1: March 25 – March 30
Introduction 1
1 Minutes Of The Jamestown General Assembly 9
2 Flushing Remonstrance 29
3 Trial Of John Peter Zenger 49

Monday, March 30: Call with Author Richard Brookhiser to discuss Chapters 1-3 and Introduction

Week 2: March 30 – April 6
4 Declaration Of Independence 69
5 Constitution Of The New-York Manumission Society 89
6 Constitution 107

Monday, April 6: Call with Author Richard Brookhiser to discuss Chapters 4-6

Week 3: April 6 – April 13
7 Monroe Doctrine 127
8 Seneca Falls Declaration 147
9 Gettysburg Address 167

Monday, April 13: Call with Author Richard Brookhiser to discuss Chapters 7-9

Week 4: April 13 – April 20
10 The New Colossus 187
11 Cross Of Gold Speech 205
12 Arsenal Of Democracy Fireside Chat 223
13 Tear Down This Wall Speech 241
Conclusion 257

Monday, April 2Call with Author Richard Brookhiser to discuss Chapters 10-13 and Conclusion

In addition to our weekly book club calls, you can listen to a special podcast with the author and constitutional scholar Luke Thompson who examine each chapter’s historical document and recount their role in the development of liberty. LISTEN HERE

Book Tour Schedule

Past Events

  • January 23 | Palm Beach, FL
  • January 28 | Washington, DC: Held at Georgetown University
  • January 29 | Washington, D.C.: Co-hosted with the James Wilson Institute


  • Podcast Series from National Review: Give Me Liberty: The Making Of American Exceptionalism – Historian Richard Brookhiser joins constitutional scholar Luke Thompson to examine thirteen historical documents and recount their role in the development of liberty. LISTEN HERE
  • Wall Street Journal Review: ‘Give Me Liberty’ Review: The Challenges and Champions of Freedom A baker’s dozen of historical documents demonstrating ‘what liberty is’ in the American context. READ HERE
  • AEI: Give me liberty: A book event with Richard Brookhiser and Yuval Levin | LIVE STREAM WATCH HERE
  • MSNBC: Morning Joe WATCH HERE
  • C-SPAN Book TV: NY Historical Society WATCH HERE
  • C-SPAN: Richard Brookhiser on Give Me Liberty Richard Brookhiser talked about his book, Give Me Liberty: A History of America’s Exceptional Idea. WATCH HERE
  • Chicago Humanities Festival: WATCH HERE