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This lively and opinionated book is aimed primarily at Republican true believers, giving the already-converted a bone on which to chew. It is unlikely to convince fence-sitters to join the cause. Horowitz, a well-known political pundit who documented his conversion from Left to Right in Radical Son: A Generational Odyssey, argues that Republicans must wage warfare against the enemy among us. The Democrats "rely on bribery and fear," contends Horowitz, and the Republicans are the only ones who can save the country from threats against our national security. Part 4 is a series of vignettes railing against Horowitz's favorite targets: Bill and Hillary Clinton, antiwar demonstrators during the Vietnam era, the 1960s, Noam Chomsky, and others. But once the author gets past these venomous attacks often setting up the Democrats as straw men he offers interesting and sometimes useful campaign advice, culminating in a comprehensive electoral program for the Republicans in 2002. Recommended for larger public libraries or specialized collections. Michael A. Genovese, Loyola Marymount Univ., Los Angeles
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"David Horowitz’s How to Beat the Democrats is an indispensable guide....Every Republican who wants to win should have it." -- Tom DeLay, House Majority Whip

"It's a call to arms, with all the passion we have come to expect from Horowitz." -- National Review, September 30, 2002

"Penetrating insights into the current political scene." -- Thomas Sowell

"Those who like tough-talking books will enjoy How to Beat the Democrats." -- WORLD Magazine

"lively and opinionated . . . . Recommended." -- Library Journal

"pugnacious, thoughtful and oh-so-accurate." -- INSIGHT Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 259 pages
  • Publisher: Spence Publishing Company (June 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890626503
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890626501
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,419,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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65 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
How To Beat The Democrats: And Other Subversive Ideas by political strategist and commentator David Horowitz is a biting, determined, severe, and unquestionably partisan political manifesto. Sharply blaming Democrats and the political left for "undermining America's security" and contributing to a climate that allowed the September 11 attacks, How To Beat The Democrats pulls neither punches nor opinions. The majority of this politically conservative book consists of harsh attacks upon the left for being "unrepentant" in its too-light treatment of accused and convicted criminals, too-lax defense policy, too-much spending, and worse. While How To Beat The Democrats presents numerous strongly worded arguments, with plenty of anecdotal illustration, it is emphatically not a "how-to" book that teaches the reader tips and techniques for winning elections against Democratic opponents. Rather, How To Beat The Democrats is a book of ideas, powerful and unrestrained. Though Horowitz's specific political assertions may be challenged and countered by opposing political views, his emotional honesty in speaking so unambiguously is beyond dispute and really quite refreshing.
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72 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Wilson VINE VOICE on October 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
David Horowitz is the Noam Chomsky of Conservatism -- yet Horowitz actually knows what he's talking about. A former 60's radical, Horowitz knows firsthand the motivations and mentality of the Left and exposes the hypocrisy and underlying Socialist/Marxist philosophy that drives the Democratic Party and Liberals in power today.
The book is mostly an expose of the failures of the Democratic Party that have caused more harm than good to the nation, but mostly to the very people Democrats claim to fight for: the poor and minorities. Horowitz goes a step further, though, and documents the ways that Republicans have and are trying to level the playing field between rich and poor and eliminate discrimination in matters of education, jobs, Social Security, etc.
Horowitz's call to arms for Republicans is simply the acknowledgement that Republicans have a tendancy to use gentleman's tactics when it comes to political warfare; something Democrats have never restrained themselves to. Horowitz challenges Republicans to fight back with the issues, arguing that confronting accusations with solid facts is key.
It's unfortunate that this book is titled "How to Beat the Democrats", because it will most likely turn a lot politically-moderate readers away before they even crack the cover. This is a book that every voter should read, whether Republican or Democrat, and draw one's own conclusions from the facts Horowitz provides to support his claims.
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92 of 113 people found the following review helpful By W. J Yates on November 7, 2002
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I spent much of my life outside the USA - altogether over 20 years, and involving 4 continents. I've yet to see one place that favorably compares with the USA, in that our country is about the ideals, ideas and inspirations of free people. We're not without fault to be sure, but FREE people - do we really realize what that means? While I was serving in Vietnam, Jane Fonda (exactly my age) was encouraging and consorting with our enemy. For the longest, I was unable to totally understand how this could happen and why some of our citizens can actively support our enemies, and apparently hate our great country and every ideal it stands for.
This book, together with Patrick Buchanan's "The Death of the West" has given me clear insight into the nonsensical and dangerous thinking of the progressive left. I learned that it is actually a movement which theorizes that "If I can control your thinking, I can reshape the world according to my philosophy and thereby make it a better place." The left's message of hope to the downtrodden is generally a lie, since leadership of the movement is actually built on the hedonistic fragrance of self aggrandizement. This idea goes all the way back to Adam and Eve's becoming enthralled by the beast's temptation to "become as Gods", to the citizens of Babel's attempt to construct their own highway to heaven, and to Karl Marx' attempt to erect heaven on earth for the world's downtrodden. Never mind that Communism has murdered over 100 million human beings during it's existence, while simultaneously the left in our country suggests we busy ourselves with such trivialities as racial profiling! Although the modern day leadership of the left may nor be card carrying communists, their activist ideas are essential the same.
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41 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 2002
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Horowitz has hit it big with this book. Just the introduction alone gives you insight on how Bush used the some of the same principles to win in the 2000 election(not that he got them from this book). If you are a conservative fustrated with liberals always beating you down, read this book and you will be able to gain insight and win with strategies that are introduced here. If you are a liberal, well....
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 2002
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Horowitz hits the nail right on the head (no pun intended). This is precisely how the GOP needs to campaign against the Democrats. On the issues, the GOP would win every election. After all, how many people truly don't want lower taxes, a stronger military, a better educational system, school choice, tougher crime laws lower energy prices etc. Not too many. But, the general public doesn't really pay much attention to the issues. What gets their attention are emotional appeals and symbolism. That's where the Democrats excel, and that's what the GOP needs to understand and work on. This book is all about how to do that. It's about framing GOP policy in an emotional and symbolic way so that voters get the message. The GOP is slowly learning these lessons and it's about time. This would be a very important book for anyone running for office or studying political strategy.
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