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How the Left Swiftboated America: The Liberal Media Conspiracy to Make You Think George Bush Was the Worst President in History Hardcover – December 1, 2009


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061792896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061792892
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,392,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Swift•boat•ing (swift-bo-ting) n. as defined by the Left, the political trick of claiming to expose the truth while in fact lying.

Was George W. Bush really the worst president in American history? Was the Iraq War really the biggest foreign policy blunder of all recorded time? Did Bush really steal the 2000 election, make war on civil rights, torture innocent goatherds, and prove America's racism during Hurricane Katrina? If this is what you think, then you may have been swiftboated by the liberal media.

The swiftboating of George W. Bush began in 2000 and continued throughout his presidency, spreading lies about his response to 9/11, the Iraq War, warrantless wiretapping, enhanced interrogation techniques, the Surge, uranium from Nigeria, the number of deaths in Iraq, the federal response to Katrina, and much, much more. In How the Left Swiftboated America, talk-radio host and bestselling author John Gibson sets the record straight, showing how, in case after case, Bush's performance was much better than most people were misled to believe. And he calls on all Americans to fight back and put an end to the swiftboating lies of the Left.

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About the Author

John Gibson is a bestselling conservative author who appears frequently on Fox News Channel and has his own national radio program, reaching about two million listeners on ninety stations each week. He lives in New York City.

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Anything done behind closed doors will not stay behind closed doors.
J. hernandez
The ideological nature of this book should be evident in that the author considers "Democrats" and "Left" as synonyms.
PM
He implied the invasion had to do with 9/11, but it was Saudis, not Iraqis who allegedly did the 9/11 attacks.
SPF

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77 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Tim Black on December 9, 2009
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I really enjoyed this book. I always believed the liberal media and liberal comedians were constantly bashing Bush for political reasons. I didn't agree with everything President Bush did but I knew he wasn't the devil the media made him out to be. If you started to turn on the President because of all the hate being spewed by the media then you owe it to yourself to read this book so your final judgement of the President is based on the truth and not the liberal media hate.
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30 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Joseph L. Shipman on December 11, 2009
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The thesis of the book is correct (Bush was made out to be worse than he was, to a greater degree than previous Presidents were made out to be worse than they were).

However, the author should not have validated the left's sneaky trick of using the word "swiftboating" to denote a form of lying, because the ACTUAL Swift Boat crews who criticized John Kerry were, in very large part, factually correct in their accusations. Their major criticisms of Kerry were completely unrefuted, and only trivial errors have been truly demonstrated (almost all the supposed errors found in the book involved misrepresentations of what the book actually said).
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcus F. Gosling on December 8, 2013
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Its telling how short the positive reviews are, basically these can be summarized as "Love it, it makes me feel good about how I see the world.
The negative reviews are mainly focussed on debunking the points made in the book as not factual.
I challenge people who like this book to check into some of the information inside before adding their review.
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41 of 68 people found the following review helpful By W. J Yates on December 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Any rational or reasonable person who doesn't see that the MSM is highly slanted to the left is decidedly naive, a TRUE WINGNUT or criminally bigoted. This is the same crowd which worships hourly at the Obama altar of "social justice" (communist lite perhaps), a modern day Robin Hood, the most inexperienced President in our modern history, the leader of the fringe (lunatic) left and one who seldom misses an opportunity to trash our country in foreign settings. Am I impressed? You bet!

Of course FOX by pointing these things out, may be guilty of sedition in the view of said wingnuts.

I had any number of problems with Bush but tortue, spying on the citizenry, war mongering, no WMD in Iraq, and destruction of our economy weren't among them. These issues were all pablum for the progressive fringe: arrogant, bigoted and intolerant.

We will see how it all works out over time but God spare me from those bearing gifts, liberal revolutionary wingnuts volunteering to think for me, and from the leftist Messiah. Throw the bum out and ASAP!

So did the lefty media hammer Bush? OF COURSE! A blind person could easily see that. The only question is how well Gibson demonstrates it.
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8 of 15 people found the following review helpful By PM on December 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I had the opportunity to read this book at a friend's house. Reading it shouldn't take you more than a couple hours, as it has no substance.
The ideological nature of this book should be evident in that the author considers "Democrats" and "Left" as synonyms.
Then there's the whole initial argument that Bush wasn't dumb because either him or Cheney decided that one of them would "move" (for electoral purposes) out of Texas as the Electoral College wouldn't award them electors had they been from the same state (this doesn't prove that either candidate was smart or dumb, just that their lawyers knew their stuff, as you should expect).
The author then launches on a misconstruction of the 2000 presidential election in Florida, arguing that Al Gore took the case to the Supreme Court because he lost the Electoral College but won the popular vote for almost half a million votes. This is substantially incorrect, as it was the Bush team that requested the Supreme Court to stop the recount. If you were to believe what the book says, Gore went to the Supreme Court to question the current electoral system as unjust. This is not at all what happened.
From then on the book gets worse. Take your pick, Iraq, Katrina, the economy, etc. everything is recounted in an alternate history version where the facts become irrelevant. What's worse, all these facts are easy to check.
Finally, I find ironic that a conservative uses the term "swiftboat" to refer to what used to be calling "mudslinging" (I guess) being that the term was coined when a conservative activist tried to denigrate John Kerry service as a swift boat commander.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edward Brumby on January 30, 2014
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John Gibson has figured out a way to make money off people who can't think for themselves, but this book is of an even lower quality than most of his efforts.
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12 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. hernandez on January 6, 2010
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Telling it like it is. Way to go Mr. Gibson. Read the book and loved it. Most lefties will read the book flap, let their twisted world-view muddle their thought process, and cause them to spew hate-filled paroxisms at people who just want to state facts. Anything done behind closed doors will not stay behind closed doors.
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7 of 16 people found the following review helpful By B. Brigg on October 28, 2010
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I bought the book after seeing so many bad reviews by leftists who had obviously never read the book and who have no intention of ever doing so because it might make them think. Don't bother reading the one star reviews as they are just leftist ranters.

This book examines how the political left deliberately and viciously set out to destroy the presidency of George W. Bush. It details many of the myths started by the propaganda machine of the left and explains why they were mostly wrong. It follows, at length, several "reporters" ranting and raving about how President Bush was the cause of all of the evils faced by this nation and, indeed, the whole world. It showed how the media bias went from a slant to outright hypocrisy and even treason.

The book covers, in depth, the election victory and the bogus court cases started by Al Gore, the Valerie Plame affair, the distortion of and outright invention of statistics in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the myth about torture and the general leftist machine that was set up to bring the conservative movement down.

I was going to give it four stars because, while good and well researched, it did not have too much that was new for me. I had already thought that many on the left would be thoroughly disappointed when President Bush left office but somehow the world still had problems. I decided on five stars as the main value of the book is to show just how low the left will sink to achieve its goals.

If you are a committed leftist, don't bother. You wouldn't recognise the truth if it hit you over the head with a hammer.

If you started out neutral toward the Bush Presidency and ended up not liking him or even hating him you should try reading this book. I didn't really like President Bush but I did respect him as a good and decent man and I recognised the symptoms of Bush Derangement Syndrome long before it had a name.
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