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About the Author

Jack Cashill has written for The WSJ, Washington Post, Weekly Standard, and regularly in the American Thinker and WorldNetDaily. Recent books include Hoodwinked, Sucker Punch, and What’s The Matter With California. Jack has a Ph.D. from Purdue.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (July 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595552863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595552860
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Mark Mogler on July 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
A solid book that may or may not shock the reader. If you are unfamiliar with eugenics, for example, some of the "revelations" may sicken you. Much of the material in the book is known to those who follow religious, political and scientific issues closely, but it is a nice compilation of closeted skeletons to have on hand. The writing style makes long and tangled personal histories brief, yet does them enough justice to see the virtue in people where they did good. With a few exceptions, Cashill allows his subjects some wiggle room, even after he rips apart their motivations and desires. It is unavoidably a political text, so read at your own risk.

I am a conservative with libertarian leanings, and I enjoyed the book. Liberals may not be so enthusiastic. I had known about most of these subjects beforehand, but Cashill provides a good summary of the lesser known sins of the left's saints.
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225 of 266 people found the following review helpful By Michael Erisman on July 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In his book "Hoodwinked" Jack Cashill has developed an alarming thesis, and provides clear evidence that much of what passes for "progressive" beliefs of the cultural elite in the West, are actually based on foundations of pure fraud. There are countless examples provided, and while some are seemingly harmless ramblings of lost souls trying to gain glory, others depict a more savage and harmful intent.

First, my criticisms of the book are as follows. I felt the author could have improved his prose greatly by including his source material more readily in the text. While well documented in the back, the book reads too much like an essay, and less like the researched prose it is intended to be. Second, there were several examples in the book that were stretches at best. He would have been better off taking a half dozen of his points and expounding in more detail than filling in with examples not as relevant or as strong.

That said, the book is quite strong. Jack spends the first few chapters delving into the origins of "progressive" thought. There are several stories of well documented frauds that were trotted out to serve political interests. Of the most alarming is the work of one Walter Duranty who falsified the horrors of Stalin and legitimized the Soviet Union in the West. (Page 32). This gave rise to many of the liberals that still sympathize with Castro today for example, for much of the same reasons. Of course these lies come out in time, yet surprisingly as the book depicts, they are ignored by the cultural elite who continue to trot out time and time again philosophical "truths" long since exposed as frauds.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By sandalista on March 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"The left's attraction to the obviously false is nothing new. For well nigh a century, in fact, America's intellectual elite has been crafting and enabling fraud on a wide range of critical subjects, among them history, anthropology, political science, science, sexology, health, and criminal justice. The culture that this fraud has produced is a veritable house of cards, one vulnerable to the first unprotected zephyr of truth."

That's Jack Cashill's synopsis of Jack Cashill's good book, which was written too quickly and published too soon, perhaps to cash in on last year's controversy du jour, Ward Churchill. Churchill was merely a recent and transitory example of fraudulent progressive posturing, part of a project that goes back at least to Sacco & Vanzetti, Darwin & Marx.

Mr. Cashill carefully notes that his object is not to debunk Darwin, but he demonstrates that Darwin's useful research was warped and twisted by useful idiots whose project is the apparent ejection of God from God's green, evolving earth. Marx, Godless from the ground up, didn't require the luxury of being misunderstood. Marx's contribution to the progressive project was clear & costly: Chang & Halliday, in their recent biography of Mao, show that establishing Marx's utopian kingdom was almost infinitely bloodier than Montesquieu's estimated body count from the earthly kingdom of Christ.

About other things, Cashill is careless. Lillian Hellman is born in 1905, then she's born in 1904. A victim of the Black Panthers is correctly identified as Betty Van Patter; then, two or three times, as Betty Van Tapper; then back to Van Patter in the index. Leonard Peltier is called "Chippewa Sioux," a surprising amalgamation of tribes that hated each other.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Martin Asiner on March 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
There are two kinds of intellectual frauds: those who stand alone when their perfidy is revealed and those who discover that their cause has been taken up by a radical left wing ideology and incorporated into that ideology. In HOODWINKED, Jack Cashill uncovers a decades old cabal of pseudo-socialists whose sole purpose is to advance a spectrum of thought that began with Marx and continues unabated until today. Cashill ties together a long string of people and events who are linked only in their combined propensity to show that America is the worst most evil country the world has ever seen.

Cashill notes that American culture is a fabric woven of an assortment of myths, sex, crime, politics, science, and history. For decades, supporters of the belief that capitalist America exists only to serve the blessed few over the downtrodden many have distorted this culture into a witches' brew that now serves as the basic core values of the leftist Democratic party. Cashill classifies these hucksters and highjackers of traditional American values into three broad categories. First, he lumps your basic criminal types who initially had no political agenda. Sacco & Vanzetti, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Alger Hiss, and OJ were all convicted (well, except maybe OJ), of serious crimes but the elite and effete socialist America-haters were quick to pick up their cause and interweave it into their own. Second were the self-aggrandizing hucksters who knew quite well what they were doing.
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