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Dispatches from Bitter America: A Gun Toting, Chicken Eating Son of a Baptist's Culture War Stories [Kindle Edition]

Todd Starnes
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FOX News Radio reporter Todd Starnes is a self-professed “gun toting, chicken eating son of a Baptist” whose Dispatches from Bitter America is “a collection of stories from my travels across this country (and) conversations I've had with regular folks who have deep concerns about the direction we are going as a nation.”

In his award-winning, satire-meets-serious writing style, Starnes jumps headfirst into the current culture war, taking on the topics that are dear to every American: religion, health care, freedom, country music, barbeque, and so forth. Along the way, he shares exclusive interviews with political commentator Sean Hannity, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, cooking sensation Paula Deen, and pop singer Amy Grant, always hoping to go from bitter to better.

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About the Author

Todd Starnes is the host of FOX News & Commentary, covering high profile stories from Wall Street to the White House on hundreds of stations around the country. He is also a contributor to FOX Nation and The Strategy Room on and a recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award and the Associated Press Mark Twain Award for Storytelling. His previous book was They Popped My Hood and Found Gravy on the Dipstick. Starnes lives in New York City.

Product Details

  • File Size: 660 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1433672758
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group (January 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,074 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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74 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book January 5, 2013
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I grew up in a VERY small town, in the SOUTH. We started every day in school with the pledge of allegiance and morning devotional. We never had to be told to play (NFL play 60), we drank water from the water hose(or out of the creek), we ate what MOMMY would let us, not what the government determined was best. We were taught the three basics...God, Country, Family. There has been a complete reversal of these beliefs in my 47 years. The direction this country is going is scary. A lot of the things mentioned in this book have not taken hold down here in LA (Lower Alabama) and I hope it never does. I feel that if any one (person or group) ever tried, they would have a fight on their hands. We don't bow down easy!!!

Lisa Sansom
Samson, Alabama
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64 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious yet painfully relevant October 24, 2012
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This is a sometimes funny, sometimes hilarious mix of personal stories, interviews, and embellished satire that works perfectly for today's political and religious climate. I highly recommend beginning your read in a Cracker Barrel with a nice glass of sweet tea, as I did.

The book is a quick, compelling read grouped by topic. Those who pay attention to a lot of news may be familiar with many of the stories, but it's nice to have a refresher all in one place.

Definitely recommended for those who get a chuckle out of the title and even for those who don't.
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104 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything good is bad and everything bad is good January 11, 2013
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Politics - Everyone says we are never to discuss it. But it is one of the most important subjects in the world today. How important are the people who choose the laws that govern our everyday lives.

I have looked forward to reading this book for a while. I saw it on a shelf in Books-a-Million and decided to buy it later on for the kindle. I purchased it, but had not read it yet. Then I saw it was up for review and figured now would be a good time to read it.

Wow! It was even better than expected. Starnes' book is not only funny, but is very informative.

The whole premise of the book is about a statement Barack Obama made while running for president the first time. He said that everyday Americans were bitter and they cling to guns and religion. Starnes' travels around the US to show that the bitter ones are the left, not Middle America.

Todd's book is from a conservative point of view and it is a very fun read. He seems the kind of guy you would want to hang around. He shows that all of us "bitter Americans" can laugh.

My favorite part of the whole book is when he said we need a bailout for the poultry industry - we can call it "Cash for Cluckers" I laughed out loud!

With some of the foolish laws the left pass, we will either laugh or cry. They seem set on ruling everyone's life. They want to control what you eat, buy, watch, listen to and read, but they say we are the ones who censor. To the left, it seems everything good is bad and everything bad is good.

The stories he finds across America include:

*People being fired for sharing their faith.
*Children getting detention for reading the Bible.
*Laws forbidding certain foods and drinks.
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133 of 158 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unusual take on the the political landscape January 16, 2013
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If it is true Amazon is not longer selling this book, I will stop buying any books from Amazon. I purchased a Kindle and paperback version. Love my Kindle but this is not a book to be censored. Can't imagine why anyone would think this is not appropriate reading.
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143 of 171 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Todd Starnes Hits it right April 25, 2012
By landy50
There are some very rude reviews from the liberal left using mock names to disparage the truth of this book. Unfortunately, most reasonable people will see through their typical liberal agendas and the deceptive sponsorships of George Soros and his crowd.
This book hits it out of the ballpark on the truth of the liberal media and the culture to redefine values and decency. When saying "Merry Christmas" is seen as a vulgarity, yet the gay culture can pull their doctrine...the truth will speak for itself.
I daresay that Most Americans will use this book to make some valuable decisions in the election to come and make the right choice. Truth will set people free.
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130 of 155 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here's an interesting fact. January 16, 2013
Here's an interesting fact. Of the 15 1-star reviews as of today, 12 were written on March 4th and 5th of 2012. Independent thought is not a strong suit of the anti-American left wing.
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71 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Todd Starnes January 16, 2013
By JMH0911
The only reason people are "hating" on this book is b/c it's full of nothing but the truth. It is a great read and worth every cent.
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149 of 179 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CENSORSHIP??? January 16, 2013
I read that Amazon is holding back this book from purchase. WHAT?? Since when do we censor books based on what some think? Are we not adult enough to form our own opinions? Give us a description of what the book says, then if you don't like that, don't buy it!! Since when does Amazon decide what we can and can't read????? The book should be read by anyone that cares about America. Those that don't can find something else, but I'm appalled that this is not being offered here. May have to get myself a Nook!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of paper and ink
Nonsense. My Tea Party neighbor insisted I read this along with another one of Starnes' worthless books. I gave in and read both.

Crap. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Sojourner Truth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 1 month ago by Brad S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very amusing word play to communicate serious issues.
Published 2 months ago by J.D. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars If Obama loved this country this book wouldn't be necessary
If Obama loved this country this book wouldn't be necessary! He doesn't & it is! Read it & learn what's going on that "they don't want you to know". Read more
Published 3 months ago by maryellen
5.0 out of 5 stars the information in this little book should be read by ...
the information in this little book should be read by all Americans(-wake-up-pay attention-listen ) I pasted it forward to my pastor-
Published 4 months ago by Alice Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book.
Published 5 months ago by KAREN TKACH
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed the book. Very informative and eye opening.
Published 5 months ago by Nancy S Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars The absolute best book I have ever read.....outside of the Bible!
Fox don't ever loose Todd Starnes! He has a gift for writing/story telling that so many others just hope to be like. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It is fantastic. Once I started reading it I could not put it down.
Published 5 months ago by Barbara E. Watson
1.0 out of 5 stars Last Gasp...
The argument is a bit played out and unoriginal. It seems like this book preaches to the's not really gonna change anybody's mind; that's fine, but it definitely reads... Read more
Published 7 months ago by John Giardino
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More About the Author

Todd Starnes is the host of FOX News & Commentary -- heard daily on the Fox News Radio network. Throughout his journalism career, Todd has covered a number of high profile stories -- taking him from Wall Street to the White House.

His website,, is read by more than two million people monthly.

He is also a frequent contributor to FOX Nation and He has made regular appearances on FOX & Friends and Hannity. His work is heard on hundreds of radio stations around the nation.

He's the author of two books. "They Popped My Hood and Found Gravy on the Dipstick" became a best-seller. The book was a collection of humorous and inspirational stories from his open heart surgery in 2004.

His second book, "Dispatches from Bitter America," will be released Feb. 1, 2012. The book is a collection of essays on the culture war and includes exclusive interviews with FOX News Channel's Sean Hannity, Michelle Malkin, Paula Deen, Gov. Mike Huckabee and Amy Grant.

Todd is a frequent speaker - having delivered keynote addresses at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, Jerry Jenkins Writing for the Soul Conference, the Baptist Press Collegiate Journalism Conference and other events.

In his spare time, Todd is active in his church, plays golf, follows SEC football, and eats barbecue.

And he has a deep affinity for Chick-Fil-A and Cracker Barrel rocking chairs.

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