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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition (October 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385513496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385513494
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (327 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #576,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Working with a broadly inclusive pantheon of "the Left" that places Ralph Nader and Barbra Streisand on equal footing with Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton, Schweizer (The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty) suggests that liberalism's heroes conduct their lives in ways that prove their philosophy to be "ultimately self-defeating, self-destructive, and unworkable." While acknowledging that conservatives can be high-profile hypocrites as well, Schweizer employs a double standard, arguing that "when conservatives betray their publicly stated principles, they harm only themselves and their families," but when liberals misbehave, they harm their principles first and foremost. Sometimes his research uncovers significant contradictions, as when Schweizer points out that Noam Chomsky, who tends to demonize the military establishment, wrote his first book, Syntactic Structures, with grants from the U.S. Army, the Air Force and the Office of Naval Research. But many of his charges are egregiously hyperbolic, as when he suggests that Cornel West is a "segregationist" because he bought a home in a largely Caucasian suburb. Schweizer clearly knows the limitations of his argument, since he backpedals from many of his most damning statements in his closing remarks. For all its revelations, in the end, this volume reads less like a critique of liberal philosophy than a catalogue of ammunition for ad hominem bloggers. (Oct. 25)
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The Weekly Standard
"Peter Schweizer's Do As I Say (Not As I Do) is an entertaining exposure of the hypocrisy among some prominent liberals. In a series of 11 profiles on leftist icons from Noam Chomsky and Al Franken to Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy, Schweizer reveals that the most vocal liberals do not practice what they preach."

More About the Author

Peter Schweizer is the President of the Government Accountability Institute, the William J. Casey Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University , and a best-selling author, most recently of "Throw Them All Out: How Politicians and Their Friends Get Rich off Insider Stock Tips, Land Deals, and Cronyism That Would Send the Rest of Us to Prison" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011).

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153 of 177 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Verbeck on November 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book gives countless examples of liberals who do not practice what they preach. All sorts of people on the left are included, such as politicians like Nancy Pelosi, radical professors like Noam Chomsky, and entertainers like Michael Moore. The claims in this book are all fact-based, and cannot by dismissed by any liberal who will stand by their principals. For instance, the fact that Michael Moore owns Halliburton stock shows that he is profitting from the war in the same way as liberals accuse the Bush admistration of doing.

Of course conservatives are hypocritical too. However, this isn't supposed to be a non-partisan book; it's blatantly partisan, and I love every page of it. Definitely read it if you want to know the truth about these supposed compassionate liberals.
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102 of 117 people found the following review helpful By M. Rodziewicz on November 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I picked this book up expecting it to be rather cheesy and mediocre but it truly is an astonishing and detailed record of hypocrisy in America today. From Michael "I don't own a single share of any stock" Moore's collection of Halliburton shares to Nancy "I love the unions" Pelosi's non-union winery, this is a collection replete of head-shaking and shocking revelations that definitely show the concept of "do as I say and not as I do" to be alive and well, particularly on the Liberal left of this nation! A must read for any news or political junkie!
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114 of 133 people found the following review helpful By Vibrolux45 on November 1, 2005
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As I read this book I cant help but agree that Liberalism and those who practice it are in fact dangerous to those of us who prefer to see things as they are not as they appear to be...It is no surprise that the Kennedy's have been very careful not to pay any meaningful taxes as they pass all that wealth along!It is also interesting to note that liberialism as is the case with any Marxist beliefs are in fact designed to control the masses....It has always been that way...those at the top of the liberial power structure talk the talk but generally fail to walk the walk! The entire system is designed for control.....control of funds ....control of people ...control of thought!I think Peter's book pretty much spells out all you need to know about the state of the " Left " in this country....that they dont even listen to there own baloney....they would of course never rely on government health care for themselves! It though is fine for you and me ...the only ideas put forth by the left wing in this country are new ways for them to use taxpayer monies to buy democratic votes!
Check out Al Franken having over 100 people working for him in the last several years and just one minority in the bunch! I guess Al couldn't find any good minority candidates

Update August 31, 2013 ....Congress and the hacks that wrote Obama Care (the Congressional staffers )have voted themselves out of the law and Obama has signed it! just as predicted in 2005 Its funny how things never change ...Obama Care is to bring everybody the same level of medical care ...The Absolute Worst Taxpayer Money Can Buy!
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154 of 182 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I'll say it...conservatives can be hypocrites but at least they will admit it. I think that's the one thing that separates the left from the right sometimes. The left's smugness would never allow them to admit such a frailty and that is just what author Peter Schweizer hits on in this wildly entertaining and humorous book. Schwizer goes after the usual list of offenders including the Clintons, Al Franken, and Michael Moore. Moore is particularly grating as his lavish lifestyle is in direct contrast to his grandstanding champion of the common man title he's bestowed upon himself. Also noted is that Moore's own charitable foundation just happens to own a good deal of Halliburton stock! Horrors, Michael! For shame!

But all this isn't just one man's opinion. Schweizer has done his homework, gathering financial records, court documents, news reports, etc, he has come into this book with a lot of ammo. Moore isn't the only liberal investing privately in corporations they publicly whip. You'll read several accounts of rich liberals doing whatever it takes to avoid paying their own taxes while fueling the corporate engines with their investment dollars. And then there's ultra-liberal wacko Noam Chomsky who Schweizer reveals has made millions working for the government.

Oh and what about Hillary who thinks that girls as young as thirteen should be able to get abortions without their parent's consent even while her own daughter Chelsea was forbidden to get her ears pierced. And on it goes...Teddy Kennedy, Ralph Nader, Barbara Streisand...they all are revealed for the hypocrites that they are. Hey, nothing wrong with that...but at least admit it!

Fantastic!
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100 of 117 people found the following review helpful By James Dearman on November 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book covers A LOT of what the liberal media doesn't want you to know. It's absolutially mind blowing, and *FACTUALLY COMPLETE* (unlike the tripe that the old media tries to rattle out of their old box of spin tricks).

This is one book I'm passing around, and encouraging everyone I know to buy!

It's quite hilarious to see how all the liberals are taking the release and popularity of this book. It has them running scared because their big secrets are out!

Read it for yourself, and you'll see what I mean.
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