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


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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: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (801 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #623,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com 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

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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.
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 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, her response to the Zimmerman trial is rather telling in itself.
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101 of 149 people found the following review helpful By Domonic D'Acquisto on October 13, 2004
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John R. on March 27, 2015
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Excellent look at the current practices of the Democratic Party (from 2001 - to the present).
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"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."
(Publishers weekly)

One would not, on the face of it, expect Ann Coulter's views to have much in common with Noam Chomsky's, but this is only one of several delightful similarities I noticed while reading Ms. Coulter's mind-stretching opus;

In a country becoming (so I'm told) increasingly politically polarised, it is clearly a major advantage to be able to communicate with people of different persuasions; and since my own skills are modest, the ability to talk to liberals certainly seemed worth acquiring. Consider the following, for example:

"If your workplace is safe; if your children go to school rather than being forced into labor; if you are paid a living wage, including overtime; if you enjoy a 40-hour week and you are allowed to join a union to protect your rights — you can thank liberals. If your food is not poisoned and your water is drinkable — you can thank liberals. If your parents are eligible for Medicare and Social Security, so they can grow old in dignity without bankrupting your family — you can thank liberals. If our rivers are getting cleaner and our air isn't black with pollution; if our wilderness is protected and our countryside is still green — you can thank liberals. If people of all races can share the same public facilities; if everyone has the right to vote; if couples fall in love and marry regardless of race; if we have finally begun to transcend a segregated society — you can thank liberals. Progressive innovations like those and so many others were achieved by long, difficult struggles against entrenched power.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 3, 2015
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Light read and quite humorous. Plenty of sarcasm. If you are indeed a liberal I doubt you will see the humor at all.
I got a chuckle at the tongue and cheek style she wrote this with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane Doe on May 27, 2014
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Good quality! Good price!
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19 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Dark Mechanicus JSG on September 28, 2007
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OK, let's be clear on this: Coulter's latest little round of lib-bait-&-smash isn't an instruction manual, or even a primer on what a good American conservative can use as snappy comebacks & snarky rejoinders to liberal dunderheadedness, not at all.

It's like that Alien diplomacy primer back in the Golden Age (the 1950's): It's a cookbook!

A cookbook for serving up the peculiarly suicidal phylae known as the Genus Apologeticus Liberalis Americanus: the whiney, uber-politically correct American left-winger. Well done, baby.

And it's admirably civil, compared to my own little book dictating personal conversations with Liberals. How to talk to a Liberal? Easy:

*"I'd like fries with that."
*"Medium starch on the pants."
*"I'd like two tickets for the 8:30 show."
*"Put some real elbow grease into it!"
*"No, no, you're doing it all wrong---you need to use more tongue on the sole---it's not shiny enough!"

And so forth. By contrast, Coulter's wicked little polemic cooks, bastes, boils, friccasees, and sautees the bane of American political discourse: the community-college educated leftist/statist, a creature in vast supply today (free range, no less!) running wild chiefly in newsrooms, Hollywood watering holes, faculty lounges, and in general on the blasted heath of the brain-dead, intellectually starved steppe-lands of what remains of today's American academy.

Coulter's point is not anti-intellectual or ignorantly dismissive: "How to Talk to a Liberal" takes it as a given that the Liberal doesn't want real debate. He doesn't want to talk to you: he wants Power.
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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, www.anncoulter.com.

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