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MSNBC legal commentator Elie Mystal thinks that Republicans are wrong about the law almost all of the time. Now, instead of talking about this on cable news, Mystal explains why in his first book.

“After reading Allow Me to Retort, I want Elie Mystal to explain everything I don’t understand - quantum astrophysics, the infield fly rule, why people think Bob Dylan is a good singer....” (Michael Harriot, The Root)

Allow Me to Retort is an easily digestible argument about what rights we have, what rights Republicans are trying to take away, and how to stop them. Mystal explains how to protect the rights of women and people of color instead of cowering to the absolutism of gun owners and bigots. He explains the legal way to stop everything from police brutality to political gerrymandering, just by changing a few judges and justices. He strips out all of the fancy jargon conservatives like to hide behind and lays bare the truth of their project to keep America forever tethered to its slaveholding past.

Mystal brings his trademark humor, expertise, and rhetorical flair to explain concepts like substantive due process and the right for the LGBTQ community to buy a cake, and to arm listeners with the knowledge to defend themselves against conservatives who want everybody to live under the yoke of 18th-century White men. The same tactics Mystal uses to defend the idea of a fair and equal society on MSNBC and CNN are in this book, for anybody who wants to deploy them on social media.

You don’t need to be a legal scholar to understand your own rights. You don’t need to accept the “Whites only” theory of equality pushed by conservative judges. You can listen to this book to understand that the Constitution is trash but doesn’t have to be.

©2022 Elie Mystal (P)2022 Audible, Inc.

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Informative and Entertaining

Constitution explained in a way everybody can understand. A must read for all who cares about equality. Loved it.

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Elie is Magnificent

Reading the book was a revelation in itself, but hearing the Audible read by the author himself is a uniquely exhilarating experience. Elie reads just the way he talks on TV - brash, no BS, and fun to hear. Most highly recommended!

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Informative & Enjoyable

The best way to read this book is to let Elie read it to you.

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Hateful

Bought this book to give a fair chance to this view. After 30 minutes I mentally had to vomit this poison from my mind. He is a bitter man consumed with hatred for America. His foundational intellectual premises are WRONG!!!! Anyone that would consider his views as valid must ALSO be filled with HATE! He never gives ANY substance to his view points; just attacks people. I knew he was wrong when he trashed the constitution HOWEVER I bought the book to ‘hear him out’ The Civil War is proof (he said) that it’s trash REALLY??? That’s STUPID. Went to Harvard eh? I guess the open-mindedness umbrella there includes IDIOT THOUGHTS

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This book should be required reading!

This audio book is amazing! Ellie Mystyl is amazing I haven't enjoyed anything this much in a long time.

It is well-thought-out & put together coherently. It is informative, funny and full of facts that you may not know.

The best teachers are the ones who give you the facts with a little bit of humor thrown in. And that's what you'll get here.

Do yourself a huge favor and read/listen to it a few times!

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Must Read….

ESSENTIAL READING!!! For my White Brothers and Sisters too…. This is how we get an understanding! Str8 Facts, no chasers! Thanks

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Excellent!!

A must listen for all Americans who yearn for justice for all and a more perfect union.

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Makes You Think Hard

Mr Mystal has a brilliant, factual stand on rewriting the US Constitution! A Must read

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Extremely Timely

Elie Mystal explains what is wrong with the justice system and how to fix it.

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Wow!!!

This was truly an amazing experience. Hearing Ellie voice bring life to his book was life changing. I will never look at the constitution of the United States the same ever again. I am grateful to him for opening my eyes to a reading of the constitution that makes sense people of color.

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  • 03-29-22

Exceptional.

Highly entertaining and massively informative. Every law student would benefit from this book. Every non- white supremacist would enjoy reading it or listening on Audible.

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  • 06-25-22

Thank you, Elie!

It was refreshing to hear my own words yelled at me - and not vice versa!