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101 People Who Are Really Screwing America Paperback – May 24, 2006

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More than a mere hit list of America's most despicable individuals, corporations, affinity groups and think tanks, this droll and acerbic refresher course on the issues confronting the 21st-century United States marks Huberman's (The Bush-Hater's Handbook) latest foray into the dark side. Starting with the premise that right-wing pundit Ann Coulter is an evil alien manipulated by crypto-fascist Scientologists, he occasionally gets carried away with his modus operandi, becoming just as inanely self-righteous as the reactionaries he's decrying. Entry 67, about SUV buyers, offers some chilling statistics about the vehicles. But to argue that all SUV owners are antisocial misfits meriting utter contempt, when many a suburban soccer mom is simply trying to protect her family from being obliterated by a three-ton behemoth on the way to Disney World, is self-defeating. Though Huberman takes his readers' sympathies for granted, the unabashedly left-wing bias and sheer breadth of this frontal assault on Republican politics and culture are factually convincing. Some early entries (J.K. Rowling, Dan Brown, Candace Bushnell) may raise a few eyebrows, but overall Huberman serves up a frothy indictment to warm liberal innards. (July)
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About the Author

Jack Huberman lives in New York City and is the author of the bestselling Bush Haters Handbook and its sequel Bushit!

Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Nation Books (May 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560258756
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560258759
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,113,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Sickle Sam on July 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
Books like this are pretty much for entertainment value. Like its "conservative" counterpart, this book lists all the main culprits of the modern world, who are allegedly "screwing up" America.

The idea behind the book, of course, is laughable; in a free society, the only people capable of "screwing up America" are the American public.

You may be shocked at some of the people on Jack Huberman's list, as well as the rationale for including some of them. For example, he includes J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books. Her big crime? Selling an incredibly large number of books.

Herein lies a classic problem with this book and Goldberg's more conservative book. If the Harry Potter franchise is screwing up America (I don't think that it is), then the public should be blamed for buying in to the hype. Why blame the writer simply for writing it?

Such logic will have you laughing at Huberman, rather than laughing with him. Noentheless, it's entertaining.
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45 of 63 people found the following review helpful By xx Grim Reaper xx on October 15, 2009
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Lets recap what has been alleged in the Media regarding Huberman's journalist practices or lack there of.
Huberman writes a blog. In order to get people to read it he "creates" quotes, that are now discredited. Then Huberman gets enough of a following that he finds publisher(s) that are willing to pay him for more of the same. When writing the book(s) he pulls out some of his own "created" quotes, in order to get somebody to buy the books. When questioned about the quotes, he sources the quotes to his own blog. Then to compound the problem he puts the same created quotes on Wiki-quotes. All in, what some say, is some sort of grand self perpetuating hit job.

Then the media, without fact checking the "created" quotes, in pursuit of, what will be described, as an electronic lynching uses Huberman's discredited and disputed quotes to do a hatchet job. The media then parade out the same tired racial spokesmen to repeat the quotes, so they might make another Tawana Brawley type fiasco. If you really want a laugh, go to NY Times and read the recount of the sealed Sharpton deposition on why he had no money to pay the libel judgment that was ordered due to his actions in Tawana Brawley case, that was only paid off when he decided to run for President. In that case he clearly did not mind repeating false statements, even after they were proven to be false. So, allegedly, proven liars, quote Huberman's "created quotes", to build some sort of pyramid media Ponzi scheme.

In pursuit of ratings, money, and their own agenda, the media demonstrates how low they can go. No matter your political persuasion, you have to know this to be wrong. Huberman is the head of this snake, and to spend a nickel on what all the overwhelming majority of the reviewers herein rate poorly, would be to support this new media abuse.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Eric Houg on January 29, 2007
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Let me start off by saying that I am not a Republican and my attitudes towards politics and the world could best be described by the word Realism.

I was looking for a FSM car ornament when I saw this book. I bought it along with the ornament and the Gospel of the FSM. I was really looking for some political humor akin to Al Franken's books, which are quite entertaining as and enlightening. I have been sadly disappointed. This book drips with the same vitriol and sanctimonious, superior attitude that every right wing blow-hard knows by rote. The only difference is a substitution of names. Also, it's not funny, it's really just depressing. In my opinion the book just highlights how low we have sunk as a society that so many of the people in the book are current movers and shakers. Further depression can be realized by looking at both the Democratic (I.E. The Other Evil) party and the current crop of presidential contenders from either side.

The only good note about this is that many of the people in the book have already gotten what they had coming to them. A key example would be Dr. Laura who has faded into near non-existence since here nude photo shoot became public.

The book is quite a good catalog of hypocrisy, deceit, corruption and moral bankruptcy so if that's what you're looking for be my guest. But, if you are looking for a laugh forget it.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Rohner on April 13, 2010
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At first glance I thought that the author was giving a list of people making America a worse place and possibly statistics to prove it. Well, a few chapters in and honestly, I thought he would play liberal, but give credit to conservatives where credit was due. No such case here. It is a ruthless attack on the Bush administration and anyone rich and voting republican. He promotes the lead singer of the Dixie Chicks purely on the basis of the quote about being ashamed Bush was from Texas. Shallow reasoning.
As a college student I have been lectured to attempt to avoid bias on a personal basis if I am to be credible on a large scale. Well, I see this book only being mildly entertaining from its flaws, and not entirely credible or worthy of a place on the front of the bookshelf. There is a lot of preaching examples here, and for a steeled mind the words will just come off as one-sided commentary.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Rhea on October 31, 2013
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Not long ago, when Limbaugh's minions were calling us non-stop, our LD told us to find stuff to counter them with. A Co- worker found a quote from him about slavery from Google and we started using it to educate his fans that called in. Big mistake. Ended up being from this very book, which has no source. Since it was purported to be from a recorded radio broadcast, we had to eat out shirts and call back a couple of these bastards and apologize. Fair warning.
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