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reviewed You're Welcome America. A Final Night.... November 13, 2009
Will Ferrell: You're Welcome, America. A Final
A bottom line is that politicians are open for just about any kind of ridicule.      Put under a microscope, who are the three most unpopular American politicians ever?  …
reviewed You're Welcome America. A Final Night.... November 05, 2009
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Will Ferrell: You're Welcome, America. A Final
I had mixed feelings about this movie.     First of all, this isn't really a movie. It's a standup comedy routine. It's Will Ferrell's monologue about the Bush administration.      …
FDR's Shadow: Louis Howe, The Force That Shaped
"FDR's Shadow" is a well done study of, as the book's subtitle has it, the "force" who helped Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt transform from, respectively, a moderately successful upstate New York politician …
reviewed Censored 2009: The Top 25 Censored St.... May 14, 2009
Censored 2009: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2007-08 (Censored)
Here is another compendium of news stories that were under-reported (or un-reported) by the mainstream news media. Did you know that over 20,000 private companies are working with the FBI to collect and …
reviewed Liberal Hearts and Conservative Brains. March 22, 2009
Liberal
Author Ron Lipsman is a mathematician by trade.  At the same time he is a person who has had a lifelong interest in politics.  It is a rather unusual combination.  In "Liberal Hearts …
reviewed The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Fa.... March 20, 2009
The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America
Mann and Ornstein have written a nice treatise on the frighteningly dysfunctional modern Congress. It is clear that Congress has abdicated it's responsibly to the American people and that personal agendas …
reviewed Just How Stupid Are We?: Facing the T.... January 19, 2009
Just How Stupid Are We?: Facing the Truth About
The evidence Rick Shenkman brings to bear -- that "The People" in whose name our various federal, state, and local rulers allegedly act really know very little about the world, the issues, the candidates, …
reviewed Where The Right Went Wrong: How Neoco.... December 13, 2008
Where The Right Went Wrong
In my adult like there has never been a public figure with whom I agree on more issues than Patrick J. Buchanan. From his earliest days on CNN's "Crossfire" I almost always found his arguments …
reviewed Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency. December 07, 2008
Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency
"I'm sure when we leave office we're all going to be hauled up before congressional committees and grand juries," David Addington, the undoubted heavy of this book complains on page 312, and after reading …
reviewed The Dumbest Generation: How the Digit.... November 26, 2008
The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age
I strongly agree with the outlines of Mark Bauerlein's thesis in "The Dumbest Generation," but I found his presentation of it somewhat numbing over the first half or so of the book due to a heavy emphasis …
reviewed Look Homeward America: In Search of R.... November 17, 2008
Look Homeward America: In Search of Reactionary
I read Bill Kauffman's remarkable Ain't My America: The Long, Noble History of Antiwar Conservatism and Middle-American Anti-Imperialism not long ago, and while I think "Look Homeward, America" is every …
reviewed Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand I.... October 24, 2008
Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked
How American foreign policy got so off-track in the 21st Century has been well covered in other books. Why it got so off-track is the subject of this book.    It stems from two huge …
reviewed The Dumbest Generation: How the Digit.... October 08, 2008
The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age
The dumbing-down of America continues at an astounding pace and an Emory University English professor believes that he knows why it is happening. Mark Bauerlein has written a book that will likely irritate …
The Limits of Power: The End of American
When I read books like this one about America's descent into empire, the threshold question for me is always, to what extent does the author blame George W. Bush (or related bugaboos like Cheney, Rumsfeld, …
Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of
I've wanted to read this book for a long time, and was very happy when ISI announced its republication earlier this year. Certainly worth the wait, it ended up being more than I expected. While the jury …
Ain't My America: The Long, Noble History of
When I look over my old reviews on Amazon.com, I notice that I've given a lot of books four or five stars. On the one hand, it makes sense -- if a book's no good, I'm seldom inclined even to finish it, …
Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription: Notes and
With the publication of the wonderful Florence King's Stet, Damnit! in 2003 and WFB's "Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription" in 2007, National Review books are breaking new ground in the use of profanity …
reviewed Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand I.... January 08, 2008
Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked
I predict that this thoughtful and well-argued book is going to be quite successful in the political, foreign policy, and journalistic establishment, and among those who place weight on establishment …
reviewed Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand I.... January 02, 2008
Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked
For some time, I have been of the opinion that twenty years from now, historians will look back on the administration of George W. Bush and consider it the point where American power began to seriously …
reviewed The Betrayal of the American Right. November 11, 2007
The Betrayal of the American Right
More than a decade after his death, Murray Newton Rothbard continues to make important contributions to libertarian thought, in this case with a manuscript first written in the 1970s and newly published …
reviewed A Match Made in Heaven: American Jews.... October 16, 2007
A Match Made in Heaven: American Jews, Christian
I've become fairly interested in "Christian Zionism," "replacement theology," and related topics recently and the description and title of "A Match Made in Heaven" made this sound like a good place to …
Invasion of the Party Snatchers: How the
Somewhere in the last few years, Ronald Reagan's "eleventh commandment" --"Thou shalt not criticize another Republican" -- lost its moral force and we have seen quite a number of books by disaffected …
Extreme Makeover of Hillary (Rodham) Clinton
Over the years, many authors have done important work shining bright lights on various aspects of Hillary Clinton, her past, her motives, her values, and her character. Barbara Olson and Bob Tyrrell are …
Strictly Right: William F. Buckley Jr. and the
There have been a number of books published in the last few years tracking the influence of "National Review" on the rise of the American conservative movement. And while all have their merits (at least, …
The Clinton Crack-Up: The Boy President's Life
Inasmuch as it seems that the Clintons, like the poor, shall always be with us, it's some consolation to know that R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., is still with us too. He has had the Clintons' number from the …
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