With this provocative book, Greenwald, a former constitutional lawyer and author of A Tragic Legacy and How Would a Patriot Act, purports to expose the rank myth-making and exploitation of cultural, gender and psychological themes by the Republican Party. The author begins his attack by targeting John Wayne, whom he sees as a template for right-wing notions of American courage and conservative manliness. Wayne's avoidance of military service and his string of divorces, both at odds with his public image, are emblematic in this account of a fundamental hypocrisy implicit in conservative mythologies. Greenwald goes on to argue that prominent Republicans from Ronald Reagan to Mitt Romney display the same hypocrisy in their public ideologies and personal lives. Shouldering much of the blame are the press and the media, including Matt Drudge, Ann Coulter, Chris Matthews and even Maureen Dowd, all of whom propagate popular attitudes about virile Republicans and effeminate Democrats. Despite the antipathy the author feels for Coulter, his writing is much like hers. More a partisan screed than a reasoned argument meant to persuade undecided readers, this repetitive text frequently devolves into personal attacks and vast generalizations. (Apr.)
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"The best book I've read on how the media works since Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. . . .If you want to understand how politics and the media work today, how the Republican party has betrayed the principles it purports to defend, and how opinion is manipulated by appeals to fear, prejudice, and other irrational emotions, Great American Hypocrites is indispensable.
"You won't be able to put it down, and you'll never read the paper or watch the news the same way after."
“Those who ignore what Greenwald has to say act at our collective peril.”
—John W. Dean, former Nixon White House counsel and author of Conservatives Without Conscience
“There are few patriots on Capitol Hill. You can count them on your hand. . . . Glenn Greenwald, constitutional lawyer, is one such patriot.”
“One of the smartest and most important new voices to emerge in politics in years.”
—Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, founder of Daily Kos and coauthor of Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics
"Glenn Greenwald has done it again. He’s about to release another great book. . . . From the myth that John Wayne was a great American hero (he was a WWII draft dodger), to how the media perpetuates false images of right-wingers (so much for the “liberal media”) . . . to the falsehood that Republicans bring us smaller government, Glenn lays it out beautifully."
"I rely on Glenn Greenwald, above all, for understanding the assaults by this administration on the Constitution, and for pointing the way toward regaining a republic. There's no one whose work has impressed me more."
"This book is written with such vicious joy that it is just really fun to read....I'm always amazed by the clarity of [Greenwald's] writing and his ability to indict the conservative mindset with well-articulated factual patterns."
—Matt Stoller, Open Left
"The peerless Glenn Greenwald."
"One of the best political commentators out there . . .Unlike most other bloggers, Greenwald practices journalism . . . Few others are better than Greenwald at sussing out the accidental propaganda inflicted on us by the mainstream press"
—The Village Voice
"Perhaps the most influential civil-liberties writer on the Web"
—The American Prospect
"Among the most intelligent and widely read practitioners of blogging"
From the Hardcover edition.
I have been aware of and convinced of this depiction of Republicans since the election of Richard Nixon. Despite his protestation to the contrary, he was, indeed, a crook. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Michael
If you want to enlarge your brain and your conscience, read Greenwald. He's got the chops, the facts, and the decency.Published 6 months ago by Stepan Spoonwalla
It is worth reading. Politics in this country has become a joke, so read about the clowns we see everyday on the TV.Published 12 months ago by Christopher L. Foley
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning the truth about some of our "heroes". Glenn Greenwald has the ability to get to the facts and to relaity.Published 12 months ago by Wally E.
This book is about the hypocrisy found amongst the members of the right leaning political movement in America. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Frederick S. Goethel
"John Wayne was a draft dodger." Mr. Greenwald repeats it over and over, building into high dudgeon over John Wayne's supposed cowardice and duplicity. It's a shame Mr. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Rico C.
Informative about how Republicans are deceiving. For someone interested in how politicians deceive it is fascinating. Read morePublished 22 months ago by RR
Greenwald paints a very interesting portrait of the elite republicans and their media mouthpieces. His commentary is spot-on, but he tends to repeat himself. Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by Ken Helms