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The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy: How Democratic Operatives, Eccentric Billionaires, Liberal Activists, and Assorted Celebrities Tried to Bring down a President, and Why They'll Try Even Harder next Timeby Byron York
Synopses & Reviews
“We have to fight back.” —Al Franken
The Left is angry—angry at President George W. Bush, the war in Iraq, the “right-wing media,” and more. And as National Review investigative writer Byron York reveals in this stunning, meticulously reported book, liberal activists have harnessed that anger to build the biggest, richest, and best organized political movement in American history.
Indeed, the Left’s failure to oust President Bush in 2004 has obscured the fact that this new movement has transformed American politics. York documents the staggering scope of liberals’ efforts—the record sums of money spent, the “shell game” financial maneuvers, the close coordination between “nonpartisan” groups and the Democratic Party, the revolutionary approaches to fund-raising and reaching out to voters, the pioneering use of movies and websites as campaign tools, and more.
The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy provides a startling behind-the-scenes look at this powerful liberal movement. York brings the reader into secret powwows at Soros’s Hamptons estate, into the Chinese restaurant where MoveOn is born, to a gala event where Al Franken rants about the evils of the right wing, to fund-raisers where liberals openly mock the election laws they’re ignoring, to the movie premiere where Michael Moore is feted by top-ranking Democrats, into the Washington restaurant where Democratic operatives hatch their plan, and to many other spots along the way.
One thing above all becomes clear: Despite their failure to win in 2004, liberals will only keep improving the well-oiled political machine they built.
A Main Selection of the Conservative Book Club
From the Hardcover edition.
Provides a provocative look at how liberal media, money, and minds have united to take control of American politics, working together on an unprecedented scale--under the leadership of Hillary Clinton, Michael Moore, George Soros, and others--to transform American culture. 60,000 first printing.
Byron York shines a brilliant light into the very heart of liberal darkness. An essential guide to how the Far Left tried to take power in 2004--and how it hopes to succeed in 2008. --David Frum, bestselling author of The Right Man
Byron York is one of the best reporters in America today. His calm, intelligent questions to the Al Frankens and John Podestas of this world puncture leftist pretensions like a pin in a balloon. The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy punctures even such Hindenburgs as Michael Moore and George Soros. York takes his place with Tom Wolfe as a chronicler of the Left's folly. --Mona Charen, bestselling author of Useful Idiots and Do-Gooders
With this book, Byron York becomes the foremost chronicler, and most informed critic, of the anti-Bush Left. It's an indispensable guide to a ferocious, and sometimes frightening, new force in our politics. --Rich Lowry, editor of National Review, bestselling author of Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years
Byron York, a reporter's reporter, has given us the definitive account of the workings of the liberal-left activist groups in the 2004 election and how, despite their insularity, their sanctimony, and their failures, they transformed American politics. --John Corry, former New York Times media critic
For years Byron York has reported on the clashes between Right and Left, red and blue states, regular people and the elites--always in an illuminating, entertaining, and compelling manner. Now he methodically and masterfully exposes the inner workings of the left-wing cabal that has taken over the Democratic Party. Three politically incorrect cheers for York --Laura Ingraham, radio talkshow host, bestselling author of Shut Up and Sing
From the Hardcover edition.
Table of Contents
Pushback: the new movement that changed politics — Going viral : MoveOn, the web, and peacenik politics — Vanity crusade : the bubble of George Soros's politics — America coming together and the world of 527s — The passion of Michael Moore : preaching to the choir with Fahrenheit 9/11 — Unwatched : Robert Greenwald and the guerrilla documentary — Ideologues and businessmen : the bipolar world of liberal radio — "Our goal is to win" : John Podesta and the think tank as war room — From fringe to mainstream: the strange life of the theocratic conspiracy theory — We bought it, we own it: the lessons of 2004 for the future.
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