24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2013
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Many people like me have felt the cry of racism was used as a fallacious epithet to obfuscate truth and hide liberal perfidy. Ann Coulter not only shows the hypocrissy of the left but provides irrefutable evidence of falsified data and trumped up stories that were no where close to the actual events; they describe to justify their progressive agendas. Black citizens have been duped by the left into believing all sorts of racial conspiracies, that simply do not exist. Ms Coulter supplies all the facts and actual stories behing these malicious slanders. Also, documented is the complicity of the liberal mainstream media, protecting the progressive agendas.
We remember a time when news organizations tried to present a fair reportage of actual events and were generally held accountable for their efforts. How far have we come, when media covers up crimes of the left and slanders anyone who leans to the right in our society. This book should make any fair minded citizen angry over the duplicity and hypocrissy in the media.
82 of 101 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2013
When Ann Coulter writes columns or speaks on television, I normally avoid it. She just has a smug arrogance that is very off-putting. But then when I read almost all her books (and Mugged is no exception), I come away educated, informed, and well armed.
Mugged is a reminder of the bizarre warping of history which has occurred in my lifetime. The Republican party was founded to fight slavery, and was historically the party that fought racism. All the way until 1964. Then suddenly the Democrats became the champions of the civil rights struggle, and that's the way I learned the history, that Democrats were now and always the champions of civil rights. Mugged does a FABULOUS job of devastating that false argument, and explaining how it happened (I'll give you a hint, look who's gotten rich because of the "civil rights movement" since 1964. I recommend it to anyone who has been mystified at the hijacking of the civil rights movement.
Would only be better if it contain more ideas on how to counter this.
273 of 366 people found the following review helpful
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If I had any doubts about the need for this book, all I had to do was open up my morning paper and see the syndicated column by Leonard Pitts - headline teased to the front page - about the sighting of a "Don't Re-Nig" bumper sticker.
Pitts, who bravely battles racism every day whether he needs to or not, quotes a woman he doesn't name who says she saw such a bumper sticker, and then uses it to launch an entire column on pervasive Republican racism. No effort to determine if it was true, it's second or third-hand by the time it gets to you the reader, but if it allows to let liberals put the N word in play in the service of Obama's reelection, who cares?
And that's what this book is about: Racial demagoguery, which Ann Coulter has touched upon frequently but focuses on here. Her overarching theme is the deterioration of both race relations and black fortunes in the country starting in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Her premise is threefold:
First: Democrats, after having been the party propping up segregation for decades, cleverly substituted themselves as the party of racial equality after most progress in that field had actually been made by Republicans. Desegregating the military? Eisenhower? Sending troops to desegregate schools in Little Rock? Eisenhower. Civil rights bills in Congress in 1957 and the early 1960s? Supported more by Republicans than by Democrats. Finally pushing through real desegregation across the South? Nixon. Segregationists? All Democrats, including some liberal ones, with a lot more liberals around the country condoning it for partisan reasons: they needed that Solid South on Election Day and in Congress.
Blacks around 1960, she says, were beginning to follow the same trail immigrant groups had, and it was only a question of time before they'd catch up.
Second: The institutionalization of white liberal guilt around the same time, as reflected in news coverage and politics, helped destroy inner cities and the black family and lead to skyrocketing crime rates, as attempts to crack down on black crime were labelled "racist".
Third: The 1994 O.J. Simpson trial derailed the white liberal guilt train, as no one could avoid noticing someone apparently guilty of two savage murders had been acquitted on racial grounds.
And a lot of the most sensational cases of racial demagoguery - unwarranted prosecutions of cops who had shot black criminals, victimization hoaxes and the like, cases she details extensively here - had taken place in the years immediately preceding it. After that, it was like the nation woke up. But this progress was undone by election of Barack Obama. "The postracial president, who was supposed to allow the country to move past race, mau-maued white America from day one of his campaign."
Coulter is careful not to point the finger at black people much, with a few deserved exceptions like Al Sharpton and Alton Maddox, the ultimately-disbarred lawyer in several of the most notorious cases including Tawana Brawley and Howard Beach.
Generally, she's sympathizing with the regular folks in the black community, the primary victims of crimes unleashed by a system that suddenly didn't know how it felt about arresting and jailing black thugs. She notes many blacks sympathized with the forces of law and order - for the same reasons white people do - and stunningly, tended to support Bernie Goetz, the white man whose shooting of four young black muggers on a New York City subway in the 1980s was a cause celebre. Coulter quotes interviews done at the muggers' own housing project with neighbors, people who knew them, some who even said they liked them, but knew they had it coming. Translation: black NYC residents didn't see the muggers as beleaguered fellow people of color. They saw them, properly, as muggers.
She pounds much more heavily on the white liberals who manipulate these issues, whose bad social policies did so much damage, and who are never made to own up to it as a compliant media sweeps under the rug their errors - their rushes to judgment in racially charged cases later shown to be unfounded.
And meanwhile some real hate crimes are committed by people whipped up by a media frenzy.
She lays the blame for the Rodney King riots, which killed more than 50 people nationally, squarely at the feet of the LA television station that cut the initial 13 seconds of the beating tape from the tape it then ran hundreds of times on the air - the part showing King failing to be subdued by not one by two Tasings, a big man continuing to come at police with a frenzy that both they and his own friends attributed to angel dust, which makes people insane, violent and difficult to subdue. Police, jurors and even liberal journalists who saw the complete tape and had it put in context at trial, ended up seeing things the same way the police at the scene did - that this was the least violent and most legal way to subdue a dangerously out of control man. The acquittal of the cops was proper and just.
Like any Ann Coulter book, the writing is half the fun. She doesn't write for dumb people. Just on principle, I like any book where the expression "mau-maued" gets used even once. Every page is like that.
This book couldn't be timelier. Keep it up, Ann. They'll scream that it's all lies, but those of us who read the thousand or so footnotes know it's not. Illegitimi non carborundum!
25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2012
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Ann Coulter presents a provocative and controversial look at the effect of race in politics in the last five decades - as usual she does not hold back, and all assertions are backed up by fact. Ann scrutinizes the pre-conceived, usually unquestioned notions of racism in the United States and how this false perception of a racist culture causes disastrous decisions on the behalf of American voters. In 2008, many (too many) voters based there decision solely or primarily on race. What has that led to? A president who has spent trillions of dollars for which we have reaped nothing and led an administration that is feckless, incompetent, and dishonest.
Do not vote this November until you have read this book.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2013
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I read this book with the idea that it would explain why a group of Americans would choose to align with a political party that keeps them in indebted servitude. Even Hillary Clinton referred to a 'plantation' as if that was the destiny of this group. The book explains how the Democrats were able to convert the African-Americans from family oriented, hard working, god fearing people to abortion-rife, single mother units that would vote race before religion (nee Rev. Lowery of Atlanta). Just last week an African-American woman living in south side Chicago had her fourth and last child killed (shot dead) in the streets. She accepted it as her fate; not once mentioning that the mayor (a Democrat) or the city council (mostly Democrats) should have done more to get the guns off of the streets. The murders were accepted as normal because African-Americans NEVER critize a Democrat. She had been mugged by the system and didn't know why. 'Mugged' has shown me why.
35 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Ann Coulter has gone where no one, on the left OR right, has been willing to go: an honest, frank, no-BS discussion of racial politics in the US.
Her detractors will no doubt pile on and declare this book the Most Dangerous, Vile, Disgusting, Racist Book Ever. It will be declared "hate speech" (if it hasn't been already). But most of the people who scream "hate speech" in the coming months will not have read a single page of the book. I've read it, and it is a solid, rigorously researched book about the sordid state of racial politics in this country. Coulter is no apologist for racism, and has zero tolerance for the kind of attitudes that are routinely attributed to her. I think people who reflexively lash out at her and her books would be very, very surprised if they turned off MSNBC and its straw-man caricature of Ann Coulter, and took the time to find out what she actually has to say. She speaks for people who are absolutely opposed to real racism, but who also detest the sordid state of racial politics in this country.
Coulter acknowledges that real racism is part of our history, an outgrowth of slavery and its aftermath, a true blight on our historical record. But she argues that in recent decades, following the civil rights era, racism has declined and become largely a spent force. The Klan rallies, lynchings, separate water fountains, and all that despicable stuff from the past has gone the way of the Dodo bird; most people live and work comfortably with other races in a tolerant environment. Yet the left has taken over racial politics and keeps stoking the fires for its own partisan ends. Coulter argues that this serves no one's interest, least of all the minorities who the progressive left purports to be saving from racism. It does seem that, just at a point in history where most of the overt forms of racism that people were fighting in the 50's and 60's have been eliminated, we are at an absolute low point in race relations, which are as sour and fractured as they've been at any time in my life. Coulter's book goes a long way toward explaining that paradox.
There are still some racists in the country today, of all colors. No honest person would deny that. But racism is just not a part of the lives of the vast majority of people today, especially young people. Look at any 15 year old, and his or her friends. The social groups of the young are multicultural, multiracial, very different than 50 years ago. Young people could care less what race someone is, and in 20 or 30 years, they will be in charge, running companies and governments, and the notion of judging people by skin color will be as absurd and ridiculous to them then as it is to them now. Racism, even among older people, is largely a relic of a different time, something that exists more in the minds of the racially-conscious than the actions and behaviors of real people. It's largely been reduced to sporadic symbols (the occasional offensive cartoon on a web site, or whatever). There is just a lot more racial awareness than racism today. Yet the Left continues to hype racial division as the central reality of our age, squeezing every last benefit out of it while driving people of different races further and further apart. And they are succeeding, because, ironically, for all the huge progress that has been made, racial tension is probably at an all-time high right now. That is a disgrace, a completely unnecessary one, and Coulter's book is a good start in having a real, genuine "national conversation about race".
194 of 264 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2012
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Kindle edition - part way through.
It is a tragic fact that the left has exploited blacks for their own gain, and to our detriment, for a couple decades now.
I have no desire to be placed in a state of endless dependency on a check that is not even enough to live on, in exchange for voting Democrat.
** What bothers me most is they are posing as our "friends" and "protectors" in doing this. It is hard to express the emotion of this deeply insulting trick.
I am not a big fan of Ann Coulter. I do not dislike her either, but she got this one right,
Democrat welfare party can stick your check where the sun does not shine, and I hope all brothers and sisters will join me in trying to be prosperous Americans on our own feet, and not kept in a state of subjection to their (almost all white) will.
You guys, go look up civil war history, it was the Democrat party that was the party of the South and of slavery. I say they have not changed at all, other than to get more sophisticated and to trick us into playing along with them.
112 of 153 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2012
Ann Coulter's thesis in "Mugged" is that racial demagoguery, not actual racism, is the malady that afflicts America, and that it's the deliberate product of left-liberal political action. As usual, Coulter has assembled a compelling, well-referenced case for her thesis, including the impact of exactly such demagoguery on the 2008 presidential election. And as usual, the Left is going nuts over it, as indicated by the one-star reviews of her book by persons who've never read it and can't make a single factual statement about it.
At the core, Coulter argues, it's left-liberals' exploitation of white Americans' unease about race relations that really matters. Actual racial discrimination, except for the sort imposed upon us by legally mandated preferential treatment of blacks, is effectively gone from American life. But the "need" to "prove" one's lack of racism (as impossible as that is when, according to the Left, we're all talking in racial code words all the time) still motivates far too many of us to speak and act from unearned, undeserved guilt over things done long ago by persons long dead.
With the 2012 elections a bare five weeks away, "Mugged" could hardly be more relevant. The tragedy of the thing is that so few as-yet-undecided voters will read it before casting their ballots.
160 of 220 people found the following review helpful
When a free and independent mind like Ann Coulter writes a well-researched book full of truth, the political liberals on Amazon throw a hissy fit. They try to shut down independent thought by rating the book as worth only one star (even though they haven't read it). If you believe their ratings, I have some ocean-front property to sell you in Arizona. Unfortunately, Amazon allows comments without verifying purchases and they get to play this silly, and censoring, game. How sad.
As with all of her books, Ann does a completely thorough job of researching her facts. Being an attorney, she is aware of how people would love to sue her if she gets it wrong. Not only is her research impeccable, her wit and analysis is always fun to read. There is a reason she gets under the skin of so many people - she is dangerously accurate.
There is no such thing as collective guilt. None of us are responsible for the actions of other people only for the reason they have light or dark skin. We are responsible for our own actions, not others. We are all members of the smallest minority - individuals. Ann will convince you that there is no reason for 'white guilt' and it is used only as a political ploy to further the goals of racial demagogues. It is time to progress past the past of collective identification to the future of individualism where each individual is treated as a unique and wonderful human being.
You will enjoy the book!
126 of 173 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2012
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Over the last few years I've had a little angel on my left shoulder and a little devil on my right. From the angel: America is a racist country; whites are evil, are "the cancer of humanity", are incorrigible hate-fueled hateristic hateful haters (unless they deny their 'whiteness'), are incidentally boring and inept and stupid and uncool; the world will only be healed when immigration and race-mixing solves the 'problem' of historically white countries continuing to exist as such; and so on. From the devil: national crime data and other statistics that pretty much crucify black people in America; debunking of race hoaxes; smearing of black heroes and accomplishments; long looks at Detroit, modern and historical sub-Saharan Africa, and post-Apartheid South Africa.
So the angel mixed "don't be a racist" and "love your brother" with lies and hatred and demands that I be deeply ashamed of my own skin, and meanwhile the devil mixed "blacks must be kept separate" with facts and clear arguments and encouragement that I take pride in my history and my ethnicity -- pride, you know, like how liberals try to instill in everyone and anyone, provided they're not white.
Do I really need to say which of these voices I gradually found more attractive? More compelling? More believable?
I'll leave it to your imagination. But I'll say this: I'm not even halfway through Mugged, and it's already hit me like a train. Anger that I've felt after turning on the TV for a few minutes, or catching more than a few commercials on Youtube, or dropping practically any college textbook on a table and letting it open to any page, has been revealed to have been entirely misdirected. Ann Coulter has come up with an alternative to the angel and the devil both -- one who doesn't hate my guts, who doesn't lie to me about matters big and small, who doesn't want to wipe people like me off the planet, but who also thinks that black people are generally good and decent Americans, and who has a straightforward causal link that connects the real villains with the problems that I'd associated with black people. In America the angel has the megaphone but the devil is the secret voice of reason. Mugged may defeat them both.
I'd like to say more, but there's more of the book to read and more thinking to do.