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How Evil Works: Understanding and Overcoming the Destructive Forces That Are Transforming America Hardcover – February 16, 2010

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About the Author

David Kupelian is an award-winning journalist and author, and serves as managing editor of online news giant WorldNetDaily as well as its monthly newsmagazine Whistleblower.  His 2005 book "The Marketing of Evil: How Radicals, Elitists, and Pseudo-Experts Sell Us Corruption Disguised as Freedom," currently in its 10th printing, remains one of the most popular books on America's raging culture war.

Kupelian has been featured on Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes," "Your World with Neil Cavuto" and "Dayside," MSNBC's "The Situation with Tucker Carlson," CBN's "The 700 Club" and "Newswatch" as well as numerous other TV and radio shows.

He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and children.

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Why We Elect Liars as Leaders

Nixon: “I Wasn’t Lying. I Said Things That Later On Seemed to Be Untrue” —Washington Post, NOVEMBER 29, 1978

Clinton Concedes He Lied About Affair —Washington Times, AUGUST 18, 1998

Obama Promises “Tax Cuts” to 95 Percent of Americans, Even Though 44 Percent of Filers Pay $0 in Income Taxes. —Manchester Union Leader, NOVEMBER 4, 2008

Did you ever stop to wonder why most governments—no matter where on earth you look, or what time period you consider—tend toward being tyrannical and predatory? I’m not referring just to those unfortunate nations suffering under openly brutal dictatorships. Even here in the West, where our elected governments portray themselves as benevolent and democratic, somehow they always end up taxing, legislating, and regulating us into servitude. Why?

To bring this topic into sharp focus, let’s start by taking a whirlwind tour of the world’s governments:

• Before America and its coalition partners invaded Iraq and deposed Saddam Hussein, giving the Iraqi people a chance to choose another destiny, here’s what life was like there, according to the U.S. State Department: “In 1979, immediately upon coming to power, Saddam Hussein silenced all political opposition in Iraq and converted his one-party state into a cult of personality. Over the more than 20 years since then, his regime has systematically executed, tortured, imprisoned, raped, terrorized and repressed Iraqi people.”1 Though Iraq was once “rich in culture with a long history of intellectual and scientific achievement,” Saddam “silenced its scholars and doctors, as well as its women and children” with unimaginable cruelty, the official report documents:

Iraqi dissidents are tortured, killed or disappear in order to deter other Iraqi citizens from speaking out against the government or demanding change. A system of collective punishment tortures entire families or ethnic groups for the acts of one dissident. Women are raped and often videotaped during rape to blackmail their families. Citizens are publicly beheaded, and their families are required to display the heads of the deceased as a warning to others who might question the politics of this regime.2

With such unspeakable atrocities a part of daily life, why didn’t more Iraqis complain publicly? Maybe because of Saddam’s decree in 2000 authorizing the government to amputate the tongues of citizens who criticized him or his government.

The report also documents Saddam’s use of chemical weapons (that’s right, “weapons of mass destruction”) against his own people, destroying more than sixty villages and 30,000 citizens—some international organizations say 60,000—with mustard gas and nerve agents.

• In North Korea, every citizen is the slave of a demented ruling family. While Kim Jong Il—or the “dear leader,” as all are required to call him—lives in ostentatious regal splendor, most North Koreans endure crushing poverty. Indeed, during the 1990s as much as 10 percent of the nation’s population—an estimated two and a half million people—starved to death as a result of the communist nation-cult’s dysfunctional command economy.

“The unwritten and unspoken compact prior to the famine,” explained Andrew S. Natsios, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, in Senate testimony, “was that the people surrendered their freedom in exchange for which the state agreed to care for them, heavily tempered by political loyalty, from cradle to grave.”3

“Cradle-to-grave security”—there’s that coveted socialist holy grail we’re always hearing about. But for millions of North Koreans, all they’ve gotten in the bargain is cradle and grave, with not much in between. In fact, it’s impossible to adequately convey the sheer horror they endure in their day-to-day lives, but perhaps this quick story from the Washington Post will provide a tiny taste:

Han, a Communist Party official in North Korea, was walking home from work when he heard he was in trouble. He had smuggled a radio back from China after an official trip. He listened to it late at night, huddled with earphones on and shades drawn, to hear music that brought him a whisper of sanity and took him away from the horrors of his day.

Now, someone had found it, or someone had told.

“It could have been my children who said something outside. It could have been my friend; one knew,” said Han, 39, who spoke on condition he be identified only by his surname.

“If a farmer or laborer had a radio, he could have been released,” Han said. “But I was an official. In my case, it would have been torture and a life sentence in a political prisoners’ camp.”4

Torture and life in prison for possessing a radio? That just about sums up life in this communist “workers’ paradise” that has devolved into a brutal and bizarre national cult.

• Zimbabwe, once a gleaming gem of a country in the central highlands of southern Africa, featuring the breathtakingly beautiful, mile-wide Victoria Falls, used to be a major breadbasket for the entire continent. That was when it was called Rhodesia. But once Marxist Robert Mugabe was elected prime minister in 1980, Zimbabwe gradually was transformed into yet another indescribable hell-on-earth.

Thousands of productive white-owned commercial farms have been stolen by hordes of government-sanctioned thugs, the owners brutalized, tortured, and murdered, the farms left in ruin—causing the catastrophic collapse of the nation’s once-robust agricultural base. Reformers and political opponents are routinely executed and Christian churches bulldozed. As a result, Zimbabwe’s formerly thriving economy has disintegrated, causing the world’s highest— and frankly incomprehensible—inflation rate, over 11 million percent!5 Average life expectancy has been cut almost in half, from 57 to only 34 years for females and 37 for males—the shortest life span of any nation on earth.6

Yes, I know, these are some of the worst governments on earth. But in truth, a great many other nations are not much better. Burma and Sudan are ruled by brutal military dictatorships and mass slaughter and genocide are normal there. The vast Middle East is made up largely of Arab-Muslim police states, almost two dozen of them, where Islam’s strict, medieval sharia law reduces everyday life to one of repression, cruelty, and paralyzing fear at best—and at worst, terrorism, “honor killings,” and death by stoning for relatively minor offenses (and sometimes for no offense)—all sugarcoated with a stiflingly rigid and intolerant religious code.

• China, currently with about a fifth of the world’s population—more than 1.3 billion souls—is still at core a ruthless and suffocating communist dictatorship, despite its prodigious economic growth. The government imprisons anyone who dares criticize it. “An estimated 500,000 people are currently enduring punitive detention without charge or trial,” reveals Amnesty International, “and millions are unable to access the legal system to seek redress for their grievances. Harassment, surveillance, house arrest and imprisonment of human rights defenders are on the rise… .”7

There’s no free press in China, news organizations being largely owned and run by the government, which even censors the Internet (cyber-dissidents are imprisoned for signing online petitions and calling for reform). And the government’s notorious one-child policy has been heartlessly enforced via mandatory sterilization, forced abortion, and even infanticide. Chinese goods may be cheap, but life there is even cheaper.

• What about Russia? Most in the West have the impression much has improved since the bad old Soviet days, but appearances can be deceiving. According to Andrey Illarionov, former senior economic policy adviser to Vladimir Putin, freedom in Russia has deteriorated dramatically in recent years. Specifically, he reveals, the year 2006 “was an extraordinary one in a sense of destruction of all types and all elements of freedom. Whichever area we can look at—the political system, legal system, court system, civil society, rule of law, division of powers, freedom of expression, freedom of mass media, freedom of association—everywhere, in each area, we see tremendous backlash against the basic liberties of Russian people.”8 As this supposedly “reformed” giant of a nation, which spans eleven time zones, continues increasingly to resemble its former, malignantly aggressive “superpower” alter ego, Russia internally is in crisis. Its judicial system is almost dysfunctional, there’s virtually no freedom of the press, and international human rights organizations report widespread abuses, including systematic torture of people held by police.

We could continue on with our tour, but we’d just find that most other governments, from the Far East to Africa to South America, are corrupt, predatory, and power-hungry. Each typically perfumes its tyranny with an idealistic, utopian philosophy such as communism or Islamic fundamentalism to help control the population. Even Europe and the United Kingdom, once the crown of Western civilization, are firmly in the grip of secular (de facto atheistic) socialism, which suffocates their once-vibrant Christian culture and seduces their citizens into giving up their hard-won freedoms, independence, and wealth in exchange for “cradle-to-grave” security.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions (February 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439168199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439168196
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
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David Kupelian is the managing editor of, the world's largest independent news Web site. He is also a widely read online columnist and the driving force behind the acclaimed monthly news magazine Whistleblower.Growing up in Washington, DC, Kupelian was heavily exposed to the issues of the day by his father, one of the nation's top missile defense scientists. After spending years immersed in the fine arts as a noted young violinist, Kupelian's fascination with the news world led him in a different direction.After serving as managing editor of the national news analysis magazine New Dimensions (where he met WorldNetDaily founder Joseph Farah), Kupelian became the co-founder and creative director of TriMedia Communications, an advertising-marketing firm established to help traditional values-oriented organizations present their messages effectively. He lives in the Northwest with his wife and children.

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319 of 337 people found the following review helpful By O. Brown HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 19, 2010
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This book is a follow up to the author's previous book, "The Marketing of Evil", which I haven't read. You can read this book without having read the former; I can say that it stands alone as a provocative and challenging book that will appeal to people, primarily Christians, with a strong conservative world view. I am NOT one of those people (I am a more liberal, moderate Christian) but despite my beliefs, I found it interesting, compelling, and convicting. I have to admit that it made me think and perhaps reconsider some of my views, many of which I can now see are heavily influenced by my culture. This is a very, very controversial book as it is Bible-based, coming from a thoroughly Christian world-view, patriotic, pro-capitalism, anti-global warming, and pro-life. Many people will see these biases as negative or naive or even dangerous, and if that is you, this may not be the book for you. If however, you are a Christian, and you are curious as to how your stand on these things and many others relate to the concept of evil, deception, and truth, you will be fascinated by the book; I certainly was. If you are a liberal Christian and are open-minded to understanding a more intelligent presentation of conservative faith, I think you will find much to like here as well.

The author's premise is that we don't understand the mechanism of evil and how it works in American society today. He demonstrates how he sees evil working using examples from current events, science, and psychology, and of course, many Biblical references. The book is heavily footnoted and has a very detailed index. I especially appreciate the index because this book is one that I will think about and refer back to again and again, and look up examples the author discussed.
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93 of 105 people found the following review helpful By JCPhelps on February 24, 2010
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I'd heard about this book and found a sample for the Kindle. I didn't even finish the sample before I knew I wanted to own this book. I bought the Kindle version and didn't put it down. I plan to buy a paper version of this book as well. I want it on my bookshelf.
The book is written from a conservative Christan point of view but I believe it will appeal to other groups as well. The author cites his sources throughout the book, which I found added weight to his argument.
He writes about our downfall from humanity and why it is happening and what we can do to stop it. The book touches on many subjects that are important to our day to day freedoms. His explanations of human nature really made sense to me and explained a lot about why we find our world as it is today.
He uses religion throughout the book but I took much more from the book than that. This is one of those books that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn R. Sullivan on March 4, 2010
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If you don't believe evil exists, don't even bother looking at this book. This is a handbook for those who want a better understanding on how evil manages to slither around and ruin our lives. The author provides plenty of specifics. At the end of the book we are given some ideas on how to deal with the evil we encounter.
Some chapters are better than most. One of the best explains how we continue to elect liars to public office. Another good chapter is "The Mysterious Power of Hate".
The author is unashamedly Christian even though he points out the weakness of today's religions. This is one of the book's strengths. Worth a second read.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By DBA Susy on April 21, 2010
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This is the most thought-provoking current events book I've ever read; far and away the best book of the 21st century so far. If you're confused by all the chaos around us today and don't know what to think, this book will help you to crystallize your thoughts and beliefs.

If you hate God, hate morality, hate liberty - you, like some other reviewers, will probably not care for the message in this book; it will hit way too close to home. However, if you are a mature, intelligent person, there are many topics within the book worthy of your consideration and attention.

Kupelian doesn't make it about left-wing and right-wing, men and women, heterosexual and homosexual; he makes it about being godly or being godless; doing good or doing evil. He writes in a loving, yet firm style that makes the truth of his message shine out.

This book will lead to far more interesting discussions around the water cooler than the plot of last night's episode of "24."
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106 of 124 people found the following review helpful By C. Ragsdale on February 21, 2010
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I just finished reading this book yesterday and had a hard time putting it down. However, the chapter on Rejecting God really made me sad because I am someone who has a close relationship with God and am a diehard Conservative Republican. You will not see this book as controversial if you are someone like me who is a Christian close to God and does notice all the satanic evil in the current world (i.e. in regards to our corrupt Government and the narcisstic leader in the White House who continues to thrive on all the lies he continues to tell the American people, self-absorbed celebrities, how people are addicted to anything related to sex, etc.) I love the fact that this author uses bible verses from the bible because I would question whether I should read it otherwise. If you are someone who believes in fighting for our God-given human rights, preserving our constitution written by our forefathers, advocate of capitalism rather than socialism (pure evil in intself), do not support the theory that we are faced with a global warming crisis (this is just the current administrations ploy to take more of our hard earned money by taxing us), and are against abortion then I highly recommend you read this book. I already knew there was alot of evil in the world and this book just proves my point. I also do not see this book as a threat to anyone as long as you have an open mind and are able to realize there are clearly some destructive forces in our country that are transforming our nation. I do not see this book being for someone who is out of touch in the world and/or someone who does not like to read Christian-based books (the best ones to read these days since God is truly the one and only savior we can trust in this evil world).Read more ›
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