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About the Author

Fred Reed is a Marine combat veteran, police reporter, amateur biochemist, former long-haul hitchhiker, and part-time sociopath living in Arlington, Virginia, across the Potomac River from the Yankee Capital.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (December 5, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595151094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595151097
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,425,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When did frank and earnest cease being socially redeeming virtues and simply become two middle class white guys relentlessly pursued by the Politically Incorrect Police? When did "doing the right thing" suddenly get a negative connotation? When did work ethic, personal achievement and the honest desire to just get laid get replaced with affirmative action, the Ebonic Plague, and frivolous sexual harassment suits? When did personal effort and motivation become less lucrative than victimization, discrimination, racism, or Syndrome of the Month?
Fred Reed's collection of columns has a way of politely tapping you on the shoulder, saying "Excuse me, but would you look at that?" and then scooping you up into an entertaining, mind-nudging look at how the social re-engineering of America affects us all on a daily basis. These are serious topics presented with such enthusiasm, humor, and clarity that even the most politically apathetic or under-informed reader can't help but smile and mumble "Well, that's the damned truth!"
I bought one for myself and two for friends who also wonder why we might be perceived as P.I. for working hard, opening doors each other, and enjoying gender differences. This is the stuff that the vast majority of us admit to each other. Finally seeing it in print is validating and exciting!
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Fred Reed is an ex-marine, former police reporter and ex-columnist for the Washington Post. He is, also, a social analyst with a Southern twang. In his brief, easily consumed, funny-as-hell, essays he inquires into the ills and opportunities of America. He is poignant in is views and his recommendations for fixing our country which has fallen into a state of ill repair. Great, thought-provoking reading.
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Amazon said my predicted rating was 4, and they are right. I don't always agree with Fred on everything but he is a great antidote for political correctness. Fred says what most of us think, but are afraid to say. A must read for anyone who feels suffocated by the unrelenting feminization of our country.
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Perhaps no writer going these days demolishes the liberal scourge as well as Fred Reed. In this collection of essays from his website, Fred On Everything, this longtime reporter sheds light on the issues confronting America with his own brand of political incorrectness, or "truth" as it used to be called. Although this book does contain some entertaining personal anecdotes, Fred's at his best when he's taking on the conventional "wisdom" propagated by modern America's elites. In witty, down-home prose that's typically as hilarious as it is insightful, Fred dispenses a constant stream of facts and common sense, which is of course the perfect antidote to the drivel spouted by the parasites that inhabit the fringes of our society. Although I'm far younger than Fred and I don't know any America other than the one we live in right now, he does write very convincingly of a culture in decline and the actors who are bringing it down. "The Cultural Vandals Come to Roost," along with Thomas Sowell's classic "Barbarians Inside the Gates," is probably the perfect description of the state America finds itself in these days. Fred hands out plenty of other indictments, as well. He's certainly got some easy targets, ranging from feminists to race hucksters to grief therapists to welfare queens. Fred takes them all on, with the kind of colorful and straightforward writing you won't find in your local newspaper. Want to hear the truth about what we call democracy in this country, and why it doesn't work? Pick up this book. Voting, and why you shouldn't do it? It's right here. Why our schools and universities are such a mess? Fred knows, and he writes about it so clearly that you'll know too. Have you ever suspected that multiculturalism might be a bad idea?Read more ›
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Fred Reed has done it again. He exposes the drivel dispensed by Dan Rather and others for the truly useless crap that it is. He explains why middle class America is angry and shows why there is such a credibility gap between the so called "elite" and people that most of us consider real Americans.
Entertaining and disturbing.
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It seems like an eternity that I have been reading Fred's extremely amusing and frequently enlightening Fred on Everything online essays. Rereading these early columns brought tears to my eyes, mainly through laughter, but also a tinge of sadness for an America that was, and is no longer.
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"The Great Possum Squashing" didn't have any connection to actual possums. But it was an interesting and at times hilarious treatise on the observations of Fred Reed. Overall it was a good read!
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Fred, Love the viewpoint from a man who was once on the inside but now outside looking elsewhere for the truth somewhere. Of course you'll never find it to total satisfaction but I enjoy being on the search with you. Thanks, JF
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