- File Size: 2335 KB
- Print Length: 125 pages
- Publisher: Crown (November 11, 2011)
- Publication Date: November 11, 2011
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005S6VMYE
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Book was very up to date, ending with a mention of the Herman Cain sexual harassment hullabaloo and the start of the Occupy Wall Street protests. The book didn't manage to get in Rick Perry's recent poor debate performance where he couldn't name the federal agencies he'd eliminate.
All in all the book was a good read, and I am especially interested in the idea of it.
A few things that I wish had been included:
When discussing the Tea Party movement, there was little mention of the intellectual forces behind the movement. I read with interest the portion discussing Dick Armey, but I was surprised to see no mention of Friedrich Hayek. I'll never forget a Dick Armey speech I saw on C-SPAN back in early 2010, where he encouraged those who didn't understand the Tea Party movement to, "Read Hayek! Read, "The Road to Serfdom!". After that I began to watch a great deal of Tea Party speeches, and began noticing repeated references to Hayek.
The e-book also contained no reference to Ayn Rand, either. This omission is made in spite of the fact that "I am John Galt" posters became a common site at Tea Party rallies.
Rand's popularity following the financial crisis was an odd, and little discussed fact. Even Mark Sanford, the 2012 GOP contender who lost his chance to run because of his relationship with a South American woman, emerged from political exile to write a Newsweek op-ed about the Conservative movement, and, yes, Ayn Rand.Read more ›
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Unbiased review of the 2012 Presidential Election, particularly from the Republican side through the primaries. Great way to boil 18 months down to an afternoon read!Published on November 24, 2012 by Greg
Great insight into the political scene and it's charactors. Kept my interest though the whole thing. I highly recommend this for anyone with even a slight interest in politics.Published on March 18, 2012 by debwitty
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