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Slander: Liberal Lies about the American Rightby Ann Coulter
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"The immutable fact of politics in America is this: liberals hate conservatives."
Ann Coulter, whose examination of the Clinton impeachment was a major national bestseller and earned widespread praise, now takes on an even tougher issue. At a time when Democrats and Republicans should be overwhelmingly congenial, American political debate has become increasingly hostile, overly personal, and insufferably trivial. Whether conducted in Congress or on the political talk shows, played out at dinners or cocktail parties, politics is a nasty sport.
"At the risk of giving away the ending: It?s all liberals? fault."
Cultlike in their behavior, vicious in their attacks on Republicans, and in almost complete control of mainstream national media, the left has been merciless in portraying all conservatives as dumb, racist, power hungry, homophobic, and downright scary. This despite the many Republican accomplishments of the last few decades, as well as the Bush administration?s expert handling of the country?s affairs in the wake of the worst attacks on American soil and of the war that followed.
With incisive reasoning and meticulous research, Ann Coulter examines the events and personalities that have shaped modern political discourse — the bickering, backstabbing, and name-calling that have made cultural mountains out of partisan molehills. She demonstrates how the media, especially, are biased — and usually wrongheaded — and have done all in their power to obfuscate the issues and the people behind them, bending over backward to villainize and belittle the right, while rarely missing an opportunity to praise the left.
Perhaps if conservatives had had total control over every major means of news dissemination for a quarter century, they would have forgotten how to debate, too, and would just call liberals stupid and mean. But that?s an alternative universe. In this universe, the public square is wall-to-wall liberal propaganda.
Refreshingly honest and unerringly timely, Slander continues where Bernard Goldberg?s number one bestselling Bias left off.
"You really have to wonder whose side [Coulter]'s on....She writes, 'Arguments by demonization, rather than truth and light [truth and light?], can be presumed to be fraudulent.' Fair enough. She then spends the next 200 pages so thoroughly demonizing all liberals in the most black and white terms, she comes off so malicious, so hypocritical, so Betty-Boop naive (Come on, conservatives just want to talk about ideas?), so completely wacked, she gives all conservatives a bad name (that is, if your thinking is self-serving enough to generalize an entire group by the behavior of one individual). One wonders if she isn't an extremely devious Democrat, or an exceedingly gifted satirist." C. P. Farley, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)
"'We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity,' she remarked after the [Sept. 11] terrorist attacks. She is no easier on liberals, on whom she blames, well, just about everything....Page after page of invective follows....Sometimes she makes a valid point....Coulter tries very hard to be incendiary, but she comes across as merely tedious." Ilene Cooper, Booklist
"The conservative movement has found its diva." Bill Maher
"Coulter, like her ideological opposite, the late William Kunstler, is obsessed with protecting civil liberties and free speech. But the speech she is trying to protect, which includes every form of controversial political incorrectness...is threatened by liberals." Harper?s Bazaar
"There?s nothing artificial about Ann. She has a vision of the Constitution and the government?s rightful role in our lives that is much different from the mainstream, and much different from mine, but she represents a significant constituency." Geraldo Rivera
"Ann Coulter is a pundit extraordinaire." Rush Limbaugh
"One of the twenty most fascinating women in politics." George magazine
"Ann Coulter is one of the fiery new breed of conservative commentators who don?t worry what the Establishment thinks of them." Robert D. Novak
"Some people think of pundit Ann Coulter as a razor-tongued right-winger. But in her latest book, Slander, she's a human Uzi — spraying a volley of invective at members of the media establishment." Washington Post
Examines the shaping of political discourse in the United States as it has become increasingly hostile and more trivial, describing how the media's liberal bias has villianized the conservative right and obscured the true issues.
About the Author
Ann Coulter is an attorney and legal affairs correspondent. Her first book, High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton, was a New York Times bestseller. She lives in New York and Washington, D.C.
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