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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; 1 edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401323782
  • ASIN: B0043RT8T0
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #650,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ed Schultz is the host of The Ed Show, a daily news program on MSNBC, and The Ed Schultz Show, a nationally syndicated progressive talk radio show. A thirty-year veteran of broadcasting, Schultz was the first Progressive talker to hit one hundred affiliates, both satellite networks, and the Armed Forces Radio Network. He has won three Eric Sevareid Awards and has managed and been lead talent for a broadcast team that has won two Marconis and a prestigious Peabody Award. Schultz is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, and he and his wife Wendy have six children.

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Ed Schultz is the host of The Ed Show, a daily news program on MSNBC, and The Ed Schultz Show, a nationally syndicated progressive talk radio show. A thirty-year veteran of broadcasting, Schultz was the first Progressive talker to hit one hundred affiliates, both satellite networks, and the Armed Forces Radio Network. He has won three Eric Sevareid Awards and has managed and been lead talent for a broadcast team that has won two Marconis and a prestigious Peabody Award. Schultz is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, and he and his wife Wendy have six children.

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80 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Dusty White VINE VOICE on May 31, 2010
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In one of the Star Trek movies, the captain is talking about the Borg and he vehemently states: "The line must be drawn here! This far and no further! And I will make them pay for what they've done!" The captain was speaking of the relentless conglomerization of all sentient entities. Everyone was slowly being assimilated into servitude to the military backed/corporate entity that was "the Borg." Funny how art imitates life, no?

This book has balls. Period. The author holds nothing back. This book points at what has been going wrong, and what can be done to correct it. Ed provides answers; solutions, and whether or not you agree with his ideas, you have to admit that his presentation of the facts shows how corporate profits have in large part replaced national pride as the defacto standard in the upper echelon of global politics. Ed shows us the shell game that is being played; and if you think this is all sensationalism, just wait a few decades and you will wonder whatever happened to that great country we used to call home. The standard argument we hear from the middle class Republicans is that the people with the money provide the jobs, and therefore we need to give them more money. The facts are that America was founded on the individual earning his place in the world, not a corporate feudal state which merely replaces the titles "nobility" and "serf" with "upper management" and "labor."

It's about time someone on the left stopped apologizing, stopped mamby-pambying, and "grew a pair." Ed seems to be that person. Read this book with hi-liter in hand (um... unless you have the Kindle version. I almost marked up my screen already).
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41 of 56 people found the following review helpful By H. White on June 5, 2010
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In reading the reviews for this book, I noticed an astonishing fact. Those that like the book provided facts and points to back up their claims in a more objective and enlightening way (i.e. light). In contrast, those that did not like the book made only subjective statements with no substance whatsoever (i.e. dark). In conclusion, those that seek out the truth will point out the facts; while those that hate the truth will try to hide the facts and point out other unrelated issues in an attempt to misdirect and deceive people into believing a lie. Those that hate the truth (or light) want others along with themselves to live in darkness and fear. Those that hate the truth and don't want to accept it will try to twist the truth. One thing for us all to remember is that truth is like light and lies are like darkness. In the midst of an infinite number of lies (or darkness) it only takes one truth (or light) to illuminate all. This is why those that hate the truth have very little to say in defense of their lies; simply because you can't defend a lie but you can defend the truth. When speaking truth, don't allow others to distract you from stating the facts. Truth and Light always have dominion over lies and darkness. Good job Mr. Ed Schultz, a much needed book and continue to fight for truth.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Phil S. on January 11, 2011
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I expected to read just a print version of Shultz's show - which wouldb have been okay with me. But I found a very readable and insightful, plain spoken text - the kind of book to read on a plane, or in a fast food restaurant...a private moment.

Ed goes back to his Conservative beginnings and provides a neat timeline to the present. He refers to himself as a "Liberal", although I find him a Left of Center Independent.

"The Nation" paper has cited at least one powerful TV episode from 2010 from this Host.

Particularly moving is his condemnation of the use of a commercial cable station -Foxnews - as a political/idealogical battering ram. ES can be rough, too, but he convinces us his roughness is not borne of any agenda from the station "suits".

This book was written obviously before his 2010 tour (to promote the book) when he encountered the "99-ers", those he sees as victims of politics, Americans with a great work ethic but a shrinking arena to *work in*. Still, this tome, addresses the Bush II era shift upwards (in financial support) and away from the Middle Class and recommends sane remedies.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harald H. Kirn on January 22, 2011
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This is vintage Ed Schultz. Always provocative and right on target. I think I'll keep it as a reference book. Whenever I want to brush up on details of a current subject, I'll check it out here. A lot of quotable figures on a lot of issues.

We need more voices like Ed's.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LindaT VINE VOICE on November 23, 2010
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Ed Schultz's book articulates a lot of issues very well. It was made to order for people like me. I don't have a political party any more; I think they've both missed the boat badly.

In the book he gives what he believes are the "Four Pillars" necessary for an effective, prospering country:

1. Defend the nation

2. Establish a Sound Fiscal Policy

3. Feed the Country

4. Educate the people

He discusses health care, energy policy, border issues -- all very high items on the Progressive agenda, for sure. But most interesting to me was how he zeroed in on unfair trade policies which, he feels, hurt working Americans. I also appreciate his take on the situation in Afghanistan. Most of these issues have been discussed by other progresives, but Schultz's manner of writing brings them home into a good, down to earth style.

If I were to have any issue at all with this book, it would be his (seemingly) starry-eyed view of labor unions. I'm not opposed to labor unions, but I remember the days when they could be very heavy handed with both the companies and their own workers. As individuals and groups, unions need to practice some serious self-examination. It would be great if they could be agents for change for the better.

This book is worth reading and re-reading. I agree that we need a change and we need it badly!
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