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America may be waging war against "certain deranged souls in the Moslem world," but the real enemy—lurking alarmingly within—is a Fifth Column of angry, "Anti-American" leftists fomented by Al Gore and John Kerry, contend conservative humorist Stein and journalist-cum-psychologist DeMuth (co-authors of Yes, You Can Time the Market). The authors maintain that these enraged liberals, whom they say characterize the Bush administration as imperialistic, overreaching and racist, have essentially joined Islamist fanatics’ assault on the United States. Worse, the authors argue, the Left’s relentless invective—during wartime, no less—threatens to drag the nation into its most divisive crisis since the Civil War (although they concede that this will not lead to an actual war). Instead, "a more likely and potentially equally bloody sequel to today’s anger from the Left would be a failure to adequately wage the war on terror," they warn. Stein and DeMuth blame the usual suspects—the "liberal news machinery," Marxist academics, befuddled environmentalists and Hollywood radicals—with the unoriginal gusto of apparatchiks. When they aren’t heaping accusations on their straw adversaries, they’re trying to uncover the psychological clues to liberals’ "perceptual disorder" and "irrational" anger with the Bush administration. The Left’s rant is a manifestation of an infantile personality, they say, while environmentalists "have projected their inner sense of guilt on to the world at large, and are seeking their personal redemption by redeeming the planet instead of redeeming themselves." In other words, this volume will be appreciated primarily by those who already sympathize with the authors’ views.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House (July 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401903339
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401903336
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,414,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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96 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Alan Rockman on August 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A group of us recently met for dinner with a well-known radio talk-show host in the Los Angeles area. While the main foci of the dinner-table discussion was about the Civil War, our talk-show guest, who would be considered a Liberal politically, though he hates labels, sadly lamented how polarized this country has become. It came at no surprise to me that he likened the red-hot political divide between those who support the President to the Bush-haters to the atmosphere in this nation just prior to 1860.

Thankfully this nation is not, God Forbid, on the verge of a violent split. However, it did remind me very much of another Presidential election, the one held 140 years ago between Abraham Lincoln and the Union War Hero George McClellan nominated on an anti-war, pro-peace (with the Confederacy) platform drafted by an equally anti-war, pro-peace and disunion Democratic Party (sound familiar??).

I later mentioned the comparisons to this speaker, and while agreeing that it wasn't quite the same - after all, America in 1864 was in the midst of a Civil War, the comparisons of personalities, a President who was a Republican and hated by many; a war-hero turned Peace Democratic candidate, were pretty much on the mark.

(Read John Waugh's EXCELLENT "Reelecting Lincoln")

Ben Stein's book not only also makes similiar references to the Civil War and why we must stop ourselves from tearing this great country apart, he points his brilliant finger at those who are causing the greatest harm, and takes no prisoners.
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132 of 170 people found the following review helpful By Lorien W. Trapani on July 19, 2004
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Just picked this up over the weekend and have been thinking about its message all day. This is a quick and insightful read. Unlike most of the other books on the market trying to right the liberal wrongs, this one is a call to arms at a personal level. What truly made this book unique is the last chapter where the authors put forth ideas as to what we can due in our homes to help educate our families and friends. I really thought the required reading lists were outstanding, everything from Civil War biographies to the American Spectator and Wall Street Journal. Pick this one up as soon as you can. A truly enjoyable read!
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104 of 134 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 17, 2004
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What a delightful breath of fresh air this book provides. This is not an attack book that claims the flag for its point of view while disparaging those who do not agree. Rather, Stein and DeMuth, in multiple places, praise the patriotism of such pillars of the left as Norman Lear, Bob Kerrey, and Al Franken. The authors urge a generosity of spirit that I find strengthening because it is borne of confidence.

I cannot think of anyone who would not benefit from reading this book. If you violently disagree with the right in this country, Stein and DeMuth present the least vitriolic case for the conservative worldview you will find in current writing. It is always good to try and understand those with whom you disagree and this book should help our national discourse find a more reasonable and less strident tone. If you are a parent you will want to read this book in order to be armed in discussions with your children and their schoolteachers. If you are a teenager you will want to read this book to get an alternative view to what you hear at school, on the TV, and likely from your friends.

The first five chapters discuss the topics that are most in the cultural divide in our country today. Stein and DeMuth demonstrate the falseness of the left worldview on each of them. Chapters six through nine compare and contrast the way the left and the right view the world, their approaches to the very real problems we face, and compares what they do with what they say. Chapters ten through twelve offer what they admit are hypotheses about why the left believes, acts, and sees they way it does.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Robert Nowall on September 8, 2004
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I disagree with the authors on many issues, sometimes profoundly. But I find that, despite these disagreements, they have reached the same conclusion about the Rage of the Left that I already had---and that they muster a more impressive array of facts to bolster that conclusion than I had at my disposal.

In addition, it is a well-written and literate book. This season, there are many interesting books to read...but this one does not feel like a hastily slapped-together work, as many of them do. It's possible that it might have value beyond the current era.

The United States---maybe all of Western Civilization---faces a long and difficult struggle against Islamic terrorism. Yet the Left focuses on other issues. Since the war manifested itself in American consciousness, I have argued with several on the Left---but find it impossible to shake them from their focus on other irrelevant supposed evils.

I am grateful to know that I am neither alone in my conclusions or my opinions on this.
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