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Fanatics and Fools: The Game Plan for Winning Back Americaby Arianna Huffington
Synopses & Reviews
As America's leaders fight pre-emptive wars abroad and ordinary Americans fight to keep their heads above water here at home, Arianna Huffington offers a no-holds-barred account of where we stand and a clear and remarkable vision of where we should be headed. Taking aim at the ruthless fanatics in the Bush White House and the feckless fools in the all-too-compliant Democratic opposition, the best-selling author of Pigs at the Trough paints a scathing picture of our contemporary political landscape?peopled with scoundrels and cowards, and awash in the constant and corrosive flow of dirty money.
But the book doesn't stop there. Over the course of her run for governor of California, Arianna Huffington learned that criticism and outrage are not enough. She lays out her game plan for winning back America from our not-so-compassionately-conservative president, now firmly and happily in the grip of right-wing radicals like Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, and John Ashcroft. With the 2004 election fast approaching, Arianna Huffington sees fire in the ashes of the Democratic Party and reason for hope that this can be the year that the people finally take back control of their government and their country.
Fearless, funny, in full command of the facts, and ever passionate, Arian Hufington offers not just a chapter-and-verse diagnosis of the fanaticism that drives the Bush White House but a bold vision of New Responsibility for rebuilding our broken democracy. If you want to know what you can do to restore America to the promise and moral greatness envisioned by our greatest leaders, from Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt to FDR and Bobby Kennedy, this book is required reading. These are big dreams, but, as Arianna argues, anything smaller guarantees the reelection of George Bush.
"Huffington's latest (after the bestselling Pigs at the Trough) gets off to a rocky start with a scattershot attack on the GOP that reads more like a disjointed assemblage of her syndicated columns than a sustained argument. Though she is capable of biting humor, this material all too often emphasizes weak attempts at humor over facts (most of which have already been covered in myriad other anti-Bush books). She takes several cheap shots, at Rush Limbaugh's drug addiction, for instance, and makes a tasteless crack about inducing premature births so the infants can count as campaign donors. As she shifts into discussing her short-lived candidacy in California's gubernatorial recall, however, Huffington gradually acquires gravitas and cohesiveness to such a degree that the second half of the book feels like a different work. Her detailed analysis of a Democratic leadership 'in complete denial' is strong, and this is surely one of the few potentially bestselling political critiques this season to grapple with political philosophers like John Rawls and Leo Strauss. With an impassioned call for all Americans to give more than lip service to charitable impulses, and invoking the spirit of Robert Kennedy, Huffington assembles a multi-issue platform on which she hopes liberals and progressives can unite to unseat Bush in November. Capping a decade-long transformation from classic conservative to social progressive, Huffington effectively mounts an assault on both ruling parties and firmly rebukes any who would still challenge the seriousness of her political ambitions. Agent, Carlton Sedgeley. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"I loved this book so much that I almost finished it." Larry David
"Read this if you care about the future of our country." Bill Moyers
"Huffington marks out a path between fanatics and fools that should guide and energize rational citizens of the great republic." Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
"One of America's foremost foes of folly and fanaticism, corruption and cruelty." Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed
"Huffington has once again soared ahead of the pack in her analysis of American politics." Molly Ivins, author of Bushwhacked
"Arianna leaves me in shock and awe — keeping it real, doing it with flair and humor and depth." Bill Maher
"This book belongs on every bookshelf in America — right next to mine." Al Franken
Drawing on her recent experience on the political frontline, the New York Times bestselling author delivers a scalding attack on the status quo of the American political system.
About the Author
Arianna Huffington is a nationally syndicated columnist, author of ten books including the national best-seller Pigs at the Trough, and co-host of the National Public Radio program Left, Right, and Center. She lives in Los Angeles with her two daughters.
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