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Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics Paperback – October 7, 2008
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"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"
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"Perhaps the most influential civil-liberties writer on the Web"
—The American Prospect
"Among the most intelligent and widely read practitioners of blogging"
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In "Great American Hypocrites," he first takes aim at the American icon of masculinity and bravado, John Wayne, whom he brands for cowardice under fire from the Selective Service Act. John Wayne received a deferment claiming that he had a wife and three kids to support while other actors, younger and older, in similar circumstances hurried to enlist and fight for their country. While promising to enlist he ignored additional summonses from his draft board until his studio could intervene on his behalf.
Greenwald postulates that men such as Wayne need to overcompensate for their cowardice by throwing their wholehearted support to future military interventions so they will feel like patriots and men of courage. It is equally important to label people who avoid service or dissent against a war as cowards and traitors. This is an important point that the author makes.
By waving the flag and calling for war, they become courageous, strong, and patriotic. By denouncing those who disagree, the dissenters become cowardly, unpatriotic, and weak. Perfect examples of this are George W. Bush and Dick Cheney who avoided combat by any means, while depicting a true war hero, John Kerry, as an effete, namby-pamby. Greenwald called this image "Tough Guise."
And this has been the republican and conservative strategy since Ronald Reagan who also avoided combat vs. Jimmy Carter who served aboard nuclear submarines.Read more ›
Greenwald lays out in great detail what the problem is. Our political discourse in this country has been thoroughly debased by turning away from substantive debate on real issues to a freak show where myths matter more than truth and the press aids and abets the process.
The practitioners of these myths are the Republican party, which has cloaked itself in an facade of manliness, patriotism, and moral rectitude even as the facts show they are anything but. Greenwald shows how time and time again they project their own sins onto the Democrats and the press mindlessly parrots their talking points. It's not pretty, but it works - and that's why the GOP will keep doing it.
For someone who is a Republican, but wonders why the budget is busted, why fundamentalist preachers are calling the shots, why the party keeps having scandal after scandal, why the country is now on a permanent war footing, this book is a must read.
For someone who is a Democrat, this book is a must read because it explains why the Democrats seem to be always snatching defeat from victory, why they can't catch a break from the press, and why the Republicans are literally able to get away with murder time and time again.
They decry an overreaching government- except when they are doing the reaching.
They wring their hands at "amoral liberals"- hoping no mentions their own failed marriages, arrests, scandals and fraud.
They stomp their feet at the "socialist" liberals, while gaming the system for tax cuts, military contracts for superfluous weapons systems, and earmarks out the wazoo.
The GOP is built upon lies- lies about our security, our morality, and the place of government in our lives. They either don't believe a word they spew- making them hypocrites, or they do believe it all- making them fools.
Either way, they had their moment, failed horribly, and now history will judge them. And it won't be pretty, but then again, neither has the last 7 years of GOP rule. Good riddance to bad rubbish. We as a nation can no longer afford your lies, hypocrisy, and warmongering.
Kudos to Gleen Greenwald, a voice of sanity in a world crowded by fools.
For an exhaustive analysis, the review "Exposes the Freak Show" expertly details what is so wonderful about this book; instead I would just like to encourage fellow Republicans to read this book, so you may better understand who is currently leading our party. Despite allegations to the alternative, the book is highly evidenced with simple facts about candidates lives. Nothing more complex is necessary. Please read this book.
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Let’s stipulate upfront that hypocrisy is part of the human condition and is exhibited along the entire political spectrum. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Paul Froehlich
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 5 months 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 11 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 17 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 17 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 17 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 on December 16, 2013 by Rico C.
Informative about how Republicans are deceiving. For someone interested in how politicians deceive it is fascinating. Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by RR