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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.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Forum; Reprint edition (September 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400054192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400054190
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (805 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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103 of 152 people found the following review helpful By Vito Corleone 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.
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5 of 7 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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971 of 1,501 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.
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2 of 3 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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52 of 81 people found the following review helpful By M. Sughayer on April 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am neither a republican nor a democrat, I consider myself a moderate. Being moderate means seeking the truth from both sides and not being blinded by party lines. Ann Coulter is one of the least thought-provoking conservative writers I have ever come across.

Ann Coulter represents exactly what is wrong with America today -- she polarizes people and does so by using emotion and twisting facts.

She also comes off as one of the most mean-spirited writers, motivated by her own anger and personal agenda more than anything else. Coulter has done this country a great disservice and she is an embarrassment to all Americans.
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30 of 47 people found the following review helpful By T Buscholl on January 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
First of all, living in St. Louis, I have never read Ann due to my local openly Democratic newspaper. Second, I was taken in by the catchy title. Third, when buying the book, I failed to note that 98% of the book is previously published material. Great job getting paid twice for one effort! Shame on me. Fourth, I consider myself a moderate Republican. Now for the book. I was expecting provocative, insightful, humorous, pithy, intelligent, well researched writing that would blow up the crap spumed by most liberal Democrats. Instead, what I got was cheap, unimaginative, name-calling crap spumed an equally extreme "journalist". Borrowing from a Steve Martin routine, if I could have one wish, it would be for extremist of all political pursuations to be taken to an island and let fend for themselves. Now that would be a reality show that would really bring in the ratings!
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Read this book at work out of curiosity.. Still can't figure out if it's supposed to be a joke.... I don't really understand..
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35 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Michael Tolver on October 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I remember back in the mid 80's when I was in art school,my fellow students and I would often use the "Weekly World News" for collage projects and such. The WWN is one of those tabloids that has the outlandish headlines like "My Baby is possessed By Elvis" or "President Reagan Meets with Aliens". One thing that caught my attention was a column in this tabloid called "My America" by Ed Anger. In this colunm, Mr Anger would bloviate eternal about hippies,liberals, commies, traitors and anyone else that didnt pass Mr Anger's myopic criteria of what's true blue American. He would also tender remedies for these Lefties that usually involved a rope or a gun. Of course I thought this column to be as contrived as the rest of the content of this fine journal.

Twenty Years Later...

Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Sean Hannity.

Like an underground form of music that becomes mainstream,

this flavor of right wing hyperbolica went from the pulp racks in supermarket checkouts to the NY Times Bestseller List. Gone is the homespun redneck boogie of Mr Anger, but the angle is the same. It's now presented as "rational" and augmented with psuedo-statistics with allusions of academia.

How do you know your winning an argument with a Conservative?

When The conservative ask's "Why Do You Hate America?"

Lets talk about Ann...I will concede that there is validity to some of her comments about democrats and liberals.

"The absolute conviction that there is one set of rules for you, and another, completely different set of rules for everyone else."

Yes Ms Coulter..there is that a'plenty on the left side of things. Yet Ms. Coulter is blind as a bat when this occurs on the

right.
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