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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 247 pages
  • Publisher: WND Books; 1 edition (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936488450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936488452
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A firebrand libertarian according to Daily Variety, best-selling author, radio and TV talk-show host Larry Elder has a take-no-prisoners style, using such old-fashioned things as evidence and logic. Larry shines the bright light of reasoned analysis on many of the myths and hypocrisies apparent in our system of government, our society, and the media itself. He slays dragons and topples sacred cows using facts, common sense and a ready wit.

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Customer Reviews

Once I started I could not put the book down so read it in one evening.
Mo
As an avid listener to his radio show and someone who has read every one of his books, I feel I "know" him.
Penny
If you're reading this, Larry, a very warm thanks to you for writing it.
Larry A. Deforest

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Mo on November 17, 2012
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Once I started I could not put the book down so read it in one evening. Without giving too much away, all I can say is that this is not just a book about a strict father and a son who grew up hating him. This is a story for ANYONE, MALE OR FEMALE who was raised by very strict parents. I identfied with many of the situations such as having my father come after us girls with a belt and me running away from home to escape from him.....But this book is more than just this. This book is incredible in that once we find out why Mr. Elder's father was so angry all the time, we come to understand him, sympathize with him and grow to love him for the enormous pains and sacrifices he made and the conditions he was forced to live with as a child growing up in a very ugly time in America. To me, this is a story about redemption, of understanding, of misconceptions due to lack of knowing one's circumstances they had to endure as a child, etc. It's a fabulous read and made me examine my own life and my relationship with my own father. Luckily, as with Larry Elder, I too, found out how much my father loved me and had many many years of a good relationship with him before he passed away.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Penny on November 17, 2012
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I have "known" Larry Elder for many years. As an avid listener to his radio show and someone who has read every one of his books, I feel I "know" him. I admire his intellect and continue to learn from him every time I listen. His command of facts and knowledge of events both recent and in the past, boggle the mind. In this respect, I "know" Larry. I always looked forward to his mother's appearances on the radio show and, like many of his fans, grieved and continue to grieve her loss. I was a listener when he lost his brother Dennis, when the world lost "The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court", America's mother, and most recently, when he lost his father. I've always been very touched at the loving way he spoke of both of his parents. It is abundantly clear where Larry's work ethic, common sense, intelligence, and humor come from. Reading "Dear Father, Dear Son" was, for me, enlightening as well as heart-warming. I read the entire book in one sitting; I could not put it down. Larry writes as he speaks -- with humanity, humor, and intelligence. In all the years I've been an "Elderado", I wasn't ever aware of the struggles in Larry's relationship with his father; not until this book. I am grateful for Larry's candor in his sharing his conflicts. One can't read this book without stepping back and examining one's own family background, wondering if things might have been different if more communication had taken place. I grew up during the same period as did Larry, and as I look back, I understand that family communication was not the same then as it is today. So many things I wish I had asked while my parents were living.Read more ›
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By NIKI A RAU on November 20, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. There was humor and a touch of sadness. Anyone who grew up in similar circumstances and pre-early 1970's, as I did, could definitely relate. It was a wonderful story.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Smack on November 21, 2012
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A glimpse of American life the way it used to be, before everyone started looking to the government for their every need and want. Reminds me every much of my own dad who
recently passed at age 83.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alice-- Waycross, Ga. on November 28, 2012
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I give this book 4 stars because of the language used in the reading material, it is otherwise a very good book, I thought it was well written and told of a boys childhood of abuse, of percieved hate by his father. But the lad in later years he found his father loved him very much.I would not reccomend this book for children or youth less than 14 years of age due to the language it contains.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rick on January 14, 2013
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This book speaks truth to power, as the Left is so fond of saying. I'm coopting the term, so deal with it. Elder should be an advisor to the President, or at least the Black Caucus, or the Urban League. He knows of what he speaks, and what he writes rings with the clarity of reality writ small and large. As one who voluntarily taught in an inner city Black school for a decade before burning out, who lived in the community for 12 years before moving out of fear of rising crime, and who returned to that community a decade later, I can vouch for the importance of its underlying message. The functional Black family with a father or a positive father figure has all but disintegreated over the past few decades as the welfare state and entitlements have become the new plantation master, led by well intentioned but completely misguided liberal activists. Elder sees through this smoke and mirrors and forces us as readers to look at his father not only as a person who struggled greatly and unfairly but who managed to survive and succeed long before the welfare state came along. Elder understands at last not only who his father was, and is, but what he represents. And what he symbolizes in the potential of Black men to flourish in this country if only the government will stop enabling them in ways that actually hold them back, or allow them to feel justified in holding themselves back.

Elder is a fresh voice but unfortunately a lonely voice (only Shelby Steele and John McWhorter have really joined him in the dialogue) out there. The glaring and disturbing fact that he is ignored, and that his radio show is shunned by most liberal Blacks, makes it sadly clear that a herd mentality persists in the Black community. Most are not open to other views even as some refuse to accept the victimhood status thrust upon them by White and Black liberals alike.

A moving, get-real account that deserves a much wider readership than it will garner.
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