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With FLEECED, their June 2008 attack on Barack Obama, congressional corruption, liberal tax policies, teachers unions, and much more, political analysts Dick Morris and Eileen McGann scored their biggest bestseller ever-debuting at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list and riding high on the list for eight weeks and counting. Thanks to massive, continual exposure on The O′Reilly Factor, Hannity & Colmes, and the other Fox News programs-and the broad popularity of Dick′s syndicated column and exploding mailing list-FLEECED is on track to double the sales of their previous bestseller, OUTRAGE.

In 2009, Morris and McGann will return with their biggest book yet. In proven fashion, they′ll take on a barrage of hot-button pocketbook issues of immediate interest to the American people-from oil prices, real estate, and the faltering state of the economy to the ongoing corruption in Washington. But the big opportunity here is to get Dick and Eileen′s first take on the new administration-and, whoever wins the 2008 election, there′s bound to be plenty to talk about.

If Barack Obama wins, conservative readers will be hopping mad. Expect a full accounting of Obama′s all-important first 100 days in office-from his surely liberal cabinet appointments, to his handling of federal spending and new taxes, to the truth about his left-leaning policies.

If John McCain wins, conservative readers will be deeply suspicious. Will McCain stay true to the GOP′s small-government principles and conservative social agenda-or will his old "maverick" ways resurface, selling out the party and the country?

Either way, the new Morris/McGann book promises to be their biggest yet: the hottest straight-talk team in politics taking on the first new administration since 2000-and all the issues that readers all over America care about most.

About the Author

Dick Morris served as Bill Clinton's political consultant for twenty years. A regular political commentator on Fox News, he is the author of ten New York Times bestsellers (all with Eileen McGann) and one Washington Post bestseller.

Eileen McGann is an attorney who, with her husband, Dick, writes columns for the New York Post and for their website, She has written extensively about the abuses of Congress and the need for reform.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; First Edition edition (June 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006177104X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061771040
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #663,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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521 of 633 people found the following review helpful By James R. Holland VINE VOICE on June 23, 2009
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When the critics start calling this book "Extreme Right Wing Dribble", remember that the author of this dire warning was Bill Clinton's Political Advisor for two decades. He helped make him President of the USA. So if Dick Morris is warning that a very dangerous Government created tidal wave is approaching, maybe we all should take time to check it out and head for the high ground if he is correct? This is not the only voice screaming in the wilderness. Glenn Beck has just published a book of similar warnings called "Common Sense."
This 359-page tome has 16 chapters included in three major sections. Those overall sections are titled "How Obama Is Causing A Catastrophe," "How Congress Causes Catastrophe" and "How Special Interests Cause Catastrophe." The authors don't pull any punches or go easy on any of the guilty parties responsible for this oncoming tragedy. "At a time when we needed a pragmatic centrist to lead us out of recession, we got a doctrinaire socialist who wants to use the crisis to put the government in charge of the economy and enact European Socialism here in the United States. Cars, banks--what's next? He will keep at it until Washington governs every major business in America and sets all our salaries." Never mind that socialism has never worked anywhere in the history of the world.
The individual chapter headings provide a pretty decent idea of the book's content. "Obama's War on Prosperity", "The Bank Bailout That Bombed", " Obama's Health Care Catastrophe", "Obama's Blueprint for Political Domination", "Christopher Dodd and Charles Rangel: From Idealistic Reformers to Privileged Insiders" and "The Sheer Chutzpah of Countryside Financial Executives" reveal much and the material in those chapters backs up the chapter titles.
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252 of 319 people found the following review helpful By Robert Busko VINE VOICE on June 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm not necessarily a fan of Dick Morris, but he does know how to write a book. At nearly 360 pages, Catastrophe is an interesting read and certainly thought provoking. If only half of what he and Eileen McGann say is true, then the middle class really is in danger of losing the country. As someone who has been on the right side of center on the political continuum, I've become leery of both the left and the right in recent years. As an American I'm distrustful of the government, whether red or blue and believe that the less government we have the better off we are. Don't misunderstand what I'm saying. I love this country and I'm a devoted citizen.

As Morris and McGann point out, the United States' economy is sliding (slipping might be a better term) into socialism, something, by the way, that is fairly obvious to anyone who learned and retained anything from their freshmen Economics in college. That the government is taking over the banking, insurance, and auto industries is pretty obvious. The next target is the healthcare system and no one seems to be able to stop what seems to be inevitable. All of this, by the way, is unconstitutional but no one, outside a few conservative voices, and I mean no one, is pointing that out.

Chris Dodd, Teddy Kennedy (senior and Jr.) Charley Rangel, and Bill Clinton are all singled out for attention by Morris and McGann. But others are mentioned as well, such as Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

One disturbing surprise for me in Catastrophe is the idea that American courts may become influenced by Shariah Law. This phenomenon has been reported in various sources as already happening in several European countries, but the idea that the American justice system would make this mistake is mind boggling, and unacceptable.
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140 of 187 people found the following review helpful By CT on June 23, 2009
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Dick Morris and Eileen McGann have presented a chilling view of America's free fall to socialism. This book documents how President Obama has essentially suspended the war on terrorism and shifted to the war on prosperity, which undermines the vitality of American private enterprises. Having facts and figures presented with their arguments, I find that their warnings are valid and urgent. It is indeed, as the authors have asserted, "no time for apathy or alienation or hopelessness," but "a time for action." I personally find it fascinating how a former political adviser to President Bill Clinton can make such a compelling case against the policies of the current Democrat-run White House and Congress.
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71 of 94 people found the following review helpful By M. Kirkland on June 29, 2009
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As a matter of disclosure, I am a conservative.

This book is startling. Mr. Morris makes a point that is breathtaking: Obama told us what he would do. The American people were so blinded by the glitz, the possibility that he could (and ultimately would) be our first black President, and the mantra of "change" after so many had become disenchanted with Bush that they didn't listen to the details, which is, as the old saying goes, is where the devil lies.

We are in trouble, deep trouble. This book and Levin's "Liberty and Tyranny" will, in retrospect stand out as wake-up calls to the populace. Whether the citizens of our good country listen and heed could very well be a benchmark in our history. Everyone needs to read this book, whether after doing so you agree with Morris or not. This work deserves a fair hearing.
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