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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Reprint edition (September 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400054192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400054190
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (791 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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America is really going down the tubes if this is the kind of thing people like to hear.
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After reading all 368 hate filled pages, I'm left wondering if Ann Coulter could possibly believe any of her own words.
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Not once did Ann Coulter even come close to a linear rational thought at any point in this book.
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3 of 3 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, the fact that she said 'Hallelujah!' over the verdict handed in the George Zimmerman trial should tell you something. :|
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Magnussen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
"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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96 of 141 people found the following review helpful By Domonic Dacquisto 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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81 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Stacy on October 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am _still_ waiting for a review that isn't partisan: Could someone in the center please read this book? I feel like the only ones who read it do so either so they can agree with everything she says or solely so that they may hate her even more than before.

I suspect, however, that someone who is completely non-partisan would say that though the book is funny, it is funny in a way that is insensitive and low-brow; valid points about liberals may exist, but the amount of ad hoc insults and exaggerated vituperatives she uses tends to discredit her to a point where she seems incapable of reasonable thought, convictions aside.

I also think too many of her opinions are based on Christianity. Conservatism isn't exclusive to that religion.

Further, compromise is not a sin; personal integrity regarding one's opinions is admirable but stubborn close-mindedness is not.

Coulter refuses to put _any_ fault with conservatives (aside from those who supposedly cater to liberals); that is ridiculous. It is seldom that one side is totally innocent.

Frankly, this book is childishly opinionated -- as a graded essay, I suspect it would receive a very low score. She presents no counter-arguments. She insults. She replaces colloquy with contumely. It is very difficult to read, like a many-paged internet rant.

And all of my own personal reactions aside, I have heard it said that the number of fabrications and inaccuracies in her books is rather unbelievable -- and that her publishers refuse to correct them. I don't know it that's true or not. I haven't the inclination to do counter-research.

From a literary stand-point, I would call the writing amateurish, but that's nothing unusual for a political book.
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78 of 119 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.
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