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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; 1st edition (April 3, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060988312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060988319
  • ASIN: B000C4SYPC
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,057,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Our government is no longer serving us," declares Arianna Huffington in How to Overthrow the Government. "[It] is slow, unfair, corrupt, and peopled by politicians living on graft and sinecure." While the political class gloats about unprecedented prosperity, Americans are more turned off by their rulers than ever before: the public holds deeply cynical views about Washington, voter turnout continues to drop, and "modern campaigns ... are so thoroughly dominated by pollsters and consultants that there's no oxygen left for ideas that might challenge the status quo." Politicians have turned a blind eye to America's real problems. "Glad-handing lobbyists" (there are roughly 38 per member of Congress, says Huffington) and "the seductive allure of incumbency" have made lawmakers resistant to necessary reforms. "It's this vicious cycle that explains why 35 million Americans are living in poverty and more children are homeless than at any time since the Great Depression; why middle-income Americans are saddled with crippling levels of debt; why our children attend drug-ridden schools where they are not safe and cannot learn." Much of this book reads like an extended political column, full of anecdotes and zinging one-liners. Yet there's also more earnestness and less satire on these pages than was glimpsed in Huffington's previous book Greetings from the Lincoln Bedroom. How to Overthrow the Government and its provocative recommendations will appeal mainly to the supporters of America's dissident politicos, such as Sen. John McCain, Ralph Nader, and the Reform Party. --John J. Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Maybe she's not our "boldest political commentator," but Huffington does tap into current disgust by arguing for change.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Arianna Huffington is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of fourteen books. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. In 2013, she was named to the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. In 2006, and again in 2011, she was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union. She serves on several boards, including EL PAÍS, PRISA, the Center for Public Integrity, and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Her 14th book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder will be published by Crown in March 2014.

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By doomsdayer520 HALL OF FAME on December 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a book that many people will rate based on their agreement or disagreement with Huffington's politics. Beware of low ratings that people give simply because they don't like the author's record, while some high ratings may have the same problem. These are hardly useful to someone considering a purchase. Certainly this book is political, but it is not necessary to agree with Huffington 100% politically to appreciate her main points. So if you're prone to reducing any piece of public discourse into an archaic (and currently nonsensical) liberal vs. conservative dichotomy, don't bother with this book because you won't get it. What Huffington's talking about here is far beyond left vs. right squabbling. The only problem with this book is that it was written in the middle of the 2000 presidential campaign and was immediately outdated in certain sections. Huffington's opinions on that election's disastrous finish would have given this book some extra kick.
Huffington has a great insider's view of the horrendous state of our current political system. She's a Republican but she's got just as much (maybe even more) vitriol for the GOP in its failure to live up to its ideals, as she does for the Democrats. Plus her Centrist ideas reveal her to be one of the most levelheaded and realistic pundits around. For example, her proposal that all corporations and rich people should give 10% of their income to charity sure isn't a Republican-like idea.
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82 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Nancy Snow on February 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
And we all thought Y2K meant botched computers. This Y2K book is a call to action for citizens to get involved in something much bigger than themselves--self-government through civic participation. Why should we wait for our "enlightened leaders" to call out directions? The answers lie within us: big money has corrupted our two-party system and the solutions aren't in Washington or name-that-state capital; this manifesto provides precise steps to reclaim politics as that sacred public space that makes society better for us all. No one is truly rich when someone, somewhere is poor. Get on this political bandwagon because a political movement and moment is upon us. Oh, and by the way, Arianna Huffington will help you keep your sense of humor as the revolution embarks.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Sean T. Carnathan on September 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Okay, I like most readers of this book (I'm certain) first picked it up because the title is catchy. The actual substance of the book is much more modest, and largely centers on hammering the need for campaign finance reform. Along the way, Huffington also trashes pollsters, and emphasizes the need for citizen participation in government and in charitable activities. There really is nothing particularly new or ground breaking here, but Huffington does a nice job of gathering together in one place a lot of anecdotal information about her topics. She bashes politicians of both major parties evenly, and is apparently disappointed that the nominees for the fall elections are Bush and Gore rather than McCain and Bradley. Bottom line: A good read, but don't expect to learn anything that rocks your world. One of her fundamental points -- that the American people have come to expect their political leaders to be a pack of thieves -- is all too true.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie L. Boston, IntellX Magazine on March 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
...with her eye-opening, slightly dirt-dishing, and ultra-easy read. Covering the entire political spectrum, she tells the REAL story of what is going on in Washington and what we, as concerned citizens, can do about it! As opposed to other books that just complain about current politics, Arianna goes the brave step further and actually directs us where to go to get involved. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to know what has is really happening in politics and what can be done to stop this out of control train and get it on the right track!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Christy Woodward-Kaupert on February 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Ms. Huffington has written, from the inside, what REALLY goes on. I have taught my students the very things she discusses for over two years. It is so painfully obvious to the most elementary observer of politics and policy today that it derives not from the needs of society but from the exhange of money between Congressional members and special interests. Ms. Huffington gives relevant, first-hand examples of this and offers advice to those who choose to accept it, the methods by which to take back our process from the elite. While she provides excellent examples to readers how to get involved, there are issues she covers with which I take exception, i.e. term limits. In spite of these short falls, I think this should be mandatory reading for every student of civics! Thank you Ms. Huffington for exposing the dark underbelly and providing yet another reason for us to question the motivation of our representatives!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 2000
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If you have to read one book this year that cuts through the rhetoric of both the Republicans and the Democrats this year, read "How to Overthrow the Government."
This book cuts to the chase about how our democracy is being sold out by both the Republican and Democratic parties to the highest corporate and special interest bidders. This book tells it as it is and how predator corporate economics is destroying our democracy including our children. Some may think that happy days are here again but tell that to the one in five children who live below the poverty line in this country or the over 30 million Americans without adequate health insurance.
It's nice to see a Republican agreeing on many issues with a liberal Democrat such as Jim Hightower. Maybe there is hope that both Democrats and Republicans are coming together with a common goal - restore a principle-centered leadership in this country with public interest as a number one priority rather than special interests.
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