How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must) and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy Used
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Eligible for FREE SUPER SAVER SHIPPING!! Amazon customer service AND delivery tracking! This book is in good condition!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must): The World According to Ann Coulter Hardcover – October 5, 2004

See all 17 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
$0.98 $0.01

Best Books of the Year
Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Forum; First Edition edition (October 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400054184
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400054183
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (797 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #632,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

This forceful, sarcastic, and often hilarious book offers tips on arguing with liberals, which include the following: don't be defensive, always outrage the enemy, and never apologize to, compliment, or show graciousness to a Democrat. Welcome to the world according to Ann Coulter. Ever combative, Coulter is unafraid to court controversy or confront her detractors head-on, whether they are mainstream journalists and talk-show hosts who have misquoted her without apology or "weak and frightened conservatives" craving liberal approval. Though the writing is often over-the-top, the book if full of one-liners that will delight conservatives, such as "the best way to convert liberals is to have them move out of their parents' home, get a job, and start paying taxes." But there is more here than just insults and countless jabs at Bill Clinton, and even her most devoted readers will find much new material in the book. Largely a collection of her syndicated columns from the past decade, How to Talk to a Liberal also includes columns that were never released or were rejected by editors--in Coulter's words, "what you could have read if you lived in a free country." --Shawn Carkonen Exclusive Content

Ann Coulter on Election 2004
Ann Coulter has become a fixture among the country's leading conservative pundits with her take-no-prisoners approach making for controversial headline copy. She speaks out about Election 2004 in our exclusive interview.

Ann Coulter's Significant Seven
Ann Coulter kindly agreed to take the life quiz we like to give to all our authors: the Amazon Significant Seven. Read her answers here.

From Publishers Weekly

Never mind this book’s title; from the writings collected here, it sounds like Coulter has never talked calmly with anyone, much less "liberals." In her view, "liberals" aren’t even "sentient creatures." Rather, they are conspiracy theorists and "street performers" who "traffic in shouting and demagogy." Following her previous bestseller, Treason, this book reprints installments from the last five years of Coulter’s syndicated column. Her modus operandi is to "start with the maximum assertion about liberals and then push the envelope, because, as we know, their evil is incalculable." If the title isn’t clue enough, the "we" in that quote demonstrates her assumption that the reader is as angry as she is, which frees her to make any accusation, whether grounded in reality or not. Coulter’s favorite target, hands down, is the New York Times, which she claims distorts the truth, ignores the facts or gets them wrong altogether. Her proposed solution for the 2001 incident in which China’s "three-foot-tall dictator" held an American flight crew hostage: "give us the Americans and we’ll let them keep any New York Times reporters." Not surprisingly, she was in favor of attacking Iraq, and many of her columns dating back to the first months of the invasion sound exceedingly out of touch now ("The rebuilding in Iraq is going better than could possibly have been expected"). Besides previously printed columns, the book includes a few new pieces on Coulter’s pet peeves (like Democrats’ "double standards"), as well as articles rejected by editors at magazines like the National Review and Good Housekeeping. Frequently funny, if only for its sheer audacity, this book will gratify "cranky conservatives" and outrage everyone else.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Important Information

Example Ingredients

Example Directions

More About the Author

ANN COULTER is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Godless, How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must), Treason, Slander, and High Crimes and Misdemeanors. She is the legal correspondent for Human Events and a syndicated columnist for Universal Press Syndicate. You can read her weekly column on her website,

Customer Reviews

A very informative book!
Amazon Customer
I believe that most people are right and wrong at times... no one has the correct view points all of the time, nor are the wrong all of the time.
Conservative Reader
Oh, but just to let you know, you might have to work with non-christian people with dark skin who don't like our country very much.
Rob Walsh

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

99 of 145 people found the following review helpful By Domonic D'Acquisto on October 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book should have a strong warning label. My face still hurts from laughing so hard. This book is a masterpiece of sarcasm, irony and a good degree of truth. If you can't take a joke or don't appreciate mild scarcasm, it's probably not for you. But if you are familiar with any of Ms. Coulters prior works or her persona as a talking head, you will enjoy it thoroughly, as I did.
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I consider myself moderate, and know decent conservatives who are truly concerned about the state of affairs our government is in and want what is best for people without being religious bible-thumpers or the like.

Unfortunately, Ms. Coulter is not one of these sane conservatives. Some of the things that come out of her mouth just befuddle me. One thing that stuck in my mind is how she said that the best way to solve the problems in the Middle East is to force everyone there to convert to Christianity.

... Really? Really? And yet this woman has plenty of followers who just love and agree with her. This is not the only wacky thing she says in this book... read this book as a joke to laugh at the things she says... or just shake your head in sadness that someone could believe such stupid and hateful things.

Course, the fact that she said 'Hallelujah!' over the verdict handed in the George Zimmerman trial should tell you something. :|
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
61 of 93 people found the following review helpful By J. Jewell on November 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I she serious when she says, "I am often asked if I still think we should invade their countries, kill their leaders, and convert them to Christianity. The answer is: Now more than ever!"

For real? This is a whole different brand of Christianity than I'm aware of. I'm trying to figure how this is different than Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's stuff.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
82 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Diane C. Rogers on December 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
First off, I'd like to make it clear that I am not a liberal. To be fair, I'm not a conservative either. I'd classify myself more as a political spectator, who occasionally takes sides based on certain policies. Regarding Miss Coulter and her newest book, I am adamant in my dislike. I have nothing against the fact that she's a conservative. I know many intelligent, rational people who are conservatives, and I consider them to be good, honest people who happen to align themselves with a certain ideology. That's what America is about: accepting that there's a difference, and meeting in between. Miss Coulter fails to realize this. Her attacks are based entirely on personal belief and she expects readers and the United States government to take this belief as their moral dictum. Miss Coulter oversteps the boundaries of individual authority. By claiming that we (the US) should "convert them to Christianity" she disregards the selfsame freedoms and liberties that she personally advocates in this book. First and foremost, then, Miss Coulter contradicts herself: in defense of her own position, she claims that the state is obligated to give its constituents freedom of belief, but at the same time argues that liberals are just plain wrong, that their beliefs should be disregarded, and that they are (because of their beliefs) enemies of the state.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
25 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Irishgal on January 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
"As far as I'm concerned, I'm a middle-of-the-road moderate and the rest of you are crazy."
- Ann Coulter, p. 309 (hardback edition)

After reading "If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans," I backed up to read some of Ann Coulter's earlier work. Her 2004 book, "How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must)" is a collection of unedited or previously rejected columns on a variety of subjects, from 9/11 to the Clinton presidency to her constant dislike for the New York Times. As always, Coulter holds nothing back as she blasts the Left for their arguments and politics. Don't agree with her viewpoints? Don't read the book.

For those of you who are from the Right side of the political spectrum, Coulter's arguments are witty and to the point. She is clearly an intelligent woman who knows what she's talking about, and though her language can seem offensive to some, I find it hilarious. Unlike most authors, Ann Coulter isn't preoccupied with not offending people. She takes delight in it. Over the years, liberals have labeled Coulter as being a nutjob. In fact, Amazon tags include phrases such as "wingnut welfare", "waste of a good tree", and "evil". All of this for one woman who chooses to speak her mind against the mainstream media!

Among the arguments that Ann presents in the book are that Al Gore illegally conducted several recounts in the 2000 Presidental Election (backed by the law-breaking Florida Supreme Court), Elian Gonzalez was taken on the basis of a warrant that should never have been issued, as it was based on false information, and Clinton's impeachment. Other columns deal with Coulter's being misquoted in the media (not an unusual occurrance for her) and the truly illogical arguments of the Democratic Party.

Looking for a book that presents logical, intelligent conservative arguments in a sarcastic and humorous format? Try Ann Coulter. Not interested? Skip the book altogether.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
968 of 1,497 people found the following review helpful By Michael Erisman on October 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
First, I need to acknowledge some of the criticisms of this book. Ann Coulter is often abrasive, and even obnoxious in her prose and interviews. Point taken. Also, this book is being knocked a star for basically being a rehash of her columns over the last few years. I would have liked that to be a bit more openly advertised on the book itself, as unlike the other book I read by her this one is really not new material.

Now for the book itself and its actual content. I think that normally pointing out that the review is of the books content is an absurd redundancy; however most of the reviews here are simply opinions about Ann and her views, not the book. So, let's look at the book. It is quite funny. Several sections on airline security measures after 9-11 had me laughing so hard I couldn't breathe. Make no mistake; her writing is excellent and very funny.

On several subjects her points are quite disturbing. For example, her views on speaking with liberals and ensuring they are angry are deeper than they appear: "People don't get angry when lies are told about them; they get angry when the truth is told about them". (Page 10) Her point being that it is the truth gets the most rage as a reaction. Her insights on the liberal reaction to war today and how it varies to previous wars, such as Bosnia, are interesting in that they expose a double standard which is obvious. (Page 62) Her column on how the John Kerry plan is to appeal to the French is so funny it is hard to read (Page 64).

Her exposure of the Democrat candidates' attempts at trying to appear knowledgeable and respectful of religious beliefs needs to be read.
Read more ›
3 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?