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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press (September 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560255544
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560255543
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,618,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The most despicable Americans of all time--from politics, sports, religion, letters, science, business, and, of course, crime--are named, then fully denounced in this collection of 44 essays by 41 writers, including Nat Hentoff, Ishmael Reed, and Christopher Hitchens. Some of the chosen: John Wilkes Booth, Ty Cobb, Colonel Tom Parker, Charles Manson, O. J. Simpson, Joseph McCarthy, and J. Edgar Hoover. The viewpoint tends to be left of center, so it's not a surprise to find George W. Bush, John Ashcroft, William Bennett, and Henry Kissinger. Readers, though, might be surprised to find Billy Graham ("he restored Protestant fundamentalism to its central place in American life"), Henry Ford (cited for virulent anti-Semitism), and Thomas Edison (accused, among other things, of obtaining dogs from the ASPCA for electrocution experiments). As a sort of addendum, the editors go after the Reverend Al Sharpton, Stephen Spielberg (!), and Jane Fonda. Largely unleavened by humor, this ill-tempered collection of essays--specifically commissioned for the occasion--will both offend and delight, depending on the reader's point of view. Alan Moores
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ed1 on December 14, 2012
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It's a new perspective that most history texts neglect to include. ......some real despicable character traits in this gene pool.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By . VINE VOICE on April 28, 2008
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I now understand Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson and Jefferson Davis a lot better, but am more confused than ever about Brigham Young and Elijah Muhammed. Every few pages is different author, some clear, some 'poetic'. It's apparent that the publisher made no demands for any consistency of tone. I appreciate that to the extent that I can follow the results.
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