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Written by Senator Gary Hart

Gary Hart has been and continues to be one of America's great public servants for almost four decades, from his role in the 1972 McGovern campaign to his years as a visionary senator, from his leadership on national security matters before and after 9/11 to his contributions as a respected statesman on various issues. He is the author of several books, including The Thunder and the Sunshine: Four Seasons in a Burnished Life, as well as two novels published under the pseudonym John Blackthorn. Hart lives in Denver, Colorado. 



Understanding the Republic


Civic Virtue as Civic Duty

The Rule of Law

January 6th Insurrection

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About the Book

“Senator Hart’s voice can heal the country and chart a real course toward equality, freedom, and hope for all.” 

-Hugh Jackman 

In 1776, America’s Founders proclaimed the new nation a  republic with a democratic form of government. Although  American democracy has survived for almost 250 years, the rise of populist nationalism in the United States and abroad creates a potent threat that highlights democracy’s vulnerability.  

In this important and timely work, Gary Hart argues that only by restoring the qualities of the republic in America, namely popular sovereignty, a sense of the common good, resistance to corruption, and civic virtue, can American democracy be saved. 

What people are saying...

“Gary Hart’s intelligence is mixed with a gift for practicality and simplicity, and he is one of the most prescient and important public voices in public life. This book is another incredible example of the power of Gary’s voice and how urgent the situation is right now for things to change. This essay examines how the restoration of the republic is the best way to save American democracy. Having read it, as well as having the privilege of sitting on his deck in Colorado talking with him, I am sure you will agree with me at how lucky this country is to have Gary Hart’s voice, one that has been in service to this republic for most of his life.”


- Hugh Jackman