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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (October 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061243507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061243509
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,579,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not remotely worth the energy to keep turning the pages.
CK Retail
This book lacked the depth needed to allow for a constructive critique and does not add anything positive to the public discourse the we didn't already know.
Todd
Frankly, I think Ann Coulter is on the fringe and books like this and Susan Estrich's works will help expose that all the more.
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274 of 371 people found the following review helpful By rctnyc VINE VOICE on October 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Ann Coulter is a star attraction in what Mark Halperin and John F. Harris describe in their new book, "The Way to Win," as the "Freak Show." Her methods are innuendo, personal attack, misrepresentation and sloganism. Joe Maguire is not the first to take her on; reviewers have for years pointed out that her so-called "facts" are lies, her arguments illogical and her conclusions preposterous. The thing is, Ann and her audience discount criticism as easily as they do the truth. And why should this be surprising? Does anyone think that people who argue, and apparently believe, that the theory of evolution is a left-wing conspiracy are interested in reality? While it's satisfying to see Ann kicked around (she deserves it) and, hopefully, Maguire and his book will get air time, the truth is that other than, perhaps, Fox News producers and Ann's publishers, who profit from her antics, no one who is not brainless takes Ann seriously anyway -- she is a freak, and so are the members of her fan club. Therefore, this book won't change anyone's mind. Nonetheless, in systematically taking Coulter apart, Maguire does a public service. Reality needs to be recorded, particularly in the era of the Freak Show.
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234 of 326 people found the following review helpful By mr. snrub on October 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I challenge any conservative, any conservative at all, to do the following: Read a list of quotes from Jesus, and then read a list of quotes from Ann Coulter, back to back, and then explain to the world why Ann Coulter has any right whatsoever to call other people GODLESS.

This book is here for all the sane, rational people in the world who see Ann Coulter for what she is: A violent, GODLESS, infantile hate-monger.

Well done.
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25 of 34 people found the following review helpful By S. Potter on February 27, 2007
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This book has all the facts, some of the humor, and none of the invective that characterizes other books of this type. With no nastiness to get in the way, the dissection of Ann Coulter appears reasonable and well laid out. The many endnotes, some of which I have verified when I had doubts, provide ample backup of the assertions.

While it is mostly an extended prose version of information you can find across several blogs (mostly liberal and centrist, but even a few conservative), it is nice to have it all in one place.
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53 of 75 people found the following review helpful By S. Johnston on October 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am so relieved that someone is taking on Coulter's blistering, outrageous, mean-spirited rants. Mr. Maguire meticulously takes apart her statements and shows us that even though this maybe a fantasy for some..."the emperor isn't wearing any clothes" with regards to her rhetoric. She uses words to damage, not to elevate us as humans. Mr Maguire is assisting us by showing the number of fallacies in her hate filled words. Bravo!!
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125 of 179 people found the following review helpful By Zappaphile on October 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
An earlier review of this book reads "Notice that this rag has 11 reviews, whereas Ann's actual book has over 1800." That's the same one sidedness that Ann has tried to promote throughout her career- she's popular so she must be right. Maguire rips Coulter and her arguments to shreds, showing time and time again where she lambasts the liberal perspective for doing one thing and then defends the conservatives for doing the same thing. (See the chapter "Ann Has it Both Ways") He shows how out of touch Ann is with the common man: Unlike Michael Moore, who is criticized for criticizing the upper class while he has gone on to become a wealthy man, Ann was BORN INTO wealth and privelage rather than Moore who was BORN INTO the working class life of Flint, Michigan. Maguire debunks Coulter over and over again, revealing her to be the arrogant, racist, lying, hateful, vicious, and heartless person that she is. If you thought that maybe her comments about the "Jersey Girls" were insensitve or, more appropriately, sickening, then you should see what she said about Princess Diana shortly after the woman's death. Realizing that Ann Coulter is a vile and horrible person does not make you unpatriotic, it does not make you a terrorist sympathizer, and it does not make you a sissy. It makes you a thinking person who can see the obvious.
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60 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Colleen10014 on October 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Here are some of the things Ann Coulter has said:

"I think the government should be spying on all Arabs, engaging in torture as a televised spectator sport, dropping daisy cutters wantonly throughout the Middle East and sending liberals to Guantanamo."

"My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building."

"They Shot the Wrong Lincoln"(referring to senator Lincoln Chafee).

Rep. John P. Murtha is "the reason soldiers invented fragging" (military slang meaning the intentional killing of a member of one's own unit).

It doesn't take much objectivity (or brains) to conclude that Ann Coulter is a raving lunatic and a hypocrite: one of those self-proclaimed "pro-lifers" who think that, by the way, millions of people should be killed--simply because they disagree with her.

While I defend Coulter's right to spew hatred and nonsense, I think she deserves nothing better than being ignored, just like Holocaust deniers.

Having said that, I can't blame Maguire for taking all of Coulter's idiotic statements and her lies, and contrasting them with the facts. Of course, once he does that, you see Coulter for what she is: an intolerant, hating, lying woman whose "arguments" melt once exposed to the truth. But hey, there are people who still believe the Holocaust didn't happen, so it's not surprising that regardless of the evidence, there are people who think Coulter is accurate and truthful. But you can't blame Maguire for proving otherwise.

PS: Oh, and will someone please tell her than only prostitutes wear little black dresses to Central Park during the day?
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