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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Polipoint Press; First Printing edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982417179
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982417171
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #823,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“John Amato and David Neiwert have produced a book that should stay on shelves for 50 years—long enough to remind us that at least some people understood the strange and vile energies consuming the social contract at the beginning of the third millenium. As a record of what is happening to American conservatism in the year 2010, Over the Cliff is unmatched.”
Rick Perlstein, author of Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America

“If you want to understand the forces behind the extreme demonization of President Obama and the assault on progressive America, look no further than Over the Cliff. With witty analysis and thorough investigative reporting, Amato and Neiwert provide a definitive chronicle of the far-right’s rapid movement from paranoia to outright violence.
Max Blumenthal, author of Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party

“Over the Cliff is a genuinely useful cataloguing of the remarkable descent of the American right into vicious name-calling, racist demonizing, and paranoid conspiracy-mongering since the election of Barack Obama. Amato and Neiwert do a first-rate job of chronicling the dangerous, populist rage on the right that pandering politicians and shameless media pundits are aiding and abetting.”
Mark Potok, director of the Intelligence Project, Southern Poverty Law Center

 

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"John Amato and David Neiwert have produced a book that should stay on shelves for 50 years--long enough to remind us that at least some people understood the strange and vile energies consuming the social contract at the beginning of the third millenium. As a record of what is happening to American conservatism in the year 2010, Over the Cliff is unmatched."
-- Rick Perlstein, author of Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America

"If you want to understand the forces behind the extreme demonization of President Obama and the assault on progressive America, look no further than Over the Cliff. With witty analysis and thorough investigative reporting, Amato and Neiwert provide a definitive chronicle of the far-right's rapid movement from paranoia to outright violence."
-- Max Blumenthal, author of Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party

"Over the Cliff is a genuinely useful cataloguing of the remarkable descent of the American right into vicious name-calling, racist demonizing, and paranoid conspiracy-mongering since the election of Barack Obama. Amato and Neiwert do a first-rate job of chronicling the dangerous, populist rage on the right that pandering politicians and shameless media pundits are aiding and abetting."
-- Mark Potok, director of the Intelligence Project, Southern Poverty Law Center


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Sadly, I am afraid this book may be preaching to the choir.
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219 of 236 people found the following review helpful By A. Bruce Miller on June 2, 2010
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Dave Neiwert and John Amato in this book give us a great look at the Republican Party's mass mobilization of 2009 against the Obama administration, with lots of details about the Tea Party movement. Two things about this book strike me as particularly notable. One is that it shows, as clearly as I've seen done yet, how the Tea Party movement is both a normal part of the Republican Party but also a new phase in the long-term radicalization of the Party. The other is that it gives readers not familiar with the sometimes strange and even cult-like way of talking about politics among rightwing "populist" conservatives a good introduction to that language.

Regular readers of John Amato's "Crooks and Liars" blog, of which Dave Neiwert is the editor, will have seen a lot of the particular events described in real time. Dave is a genuine journalistic expert on the Radical Right and writes about it regularly. But even for those who have followed the Radical Right at "Crooks and Liars" and other news sources, there's real value in seeing a book length description of various events and personalities, which allows the writers to focus at some length on major themes while also making the chronological narrative clear.

In the chapter called "Bloodying the Shirt", they offer some insight into a favorite habit of conservatives, especially of the far right, that can often be disconcerting to those not familiar with it. They tell the story of anti-abortion fanatic and Christian terrorist Scott Roeder who murdered Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider on May 31, 2009. Bill O'Reilly had run reports on Tiller and framed them in inflammatory terms.
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160 of 175 people found the following review helpful By C. Aubrey Smith on June 1, 2010
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With the incredible about of noise generated by the extremist fringe recently, reading Over The Cliff was a breath of fresh air. A detailed and factual account of just how unhinged the right wing has become in recent months. Certainly not for the faint of heart and, in many cases will be preaching to the choir, nonetheless this book is a valuable source of good information on a movement which has tried desperately to disrupt our democratic system of government. Both Amato and Neiwert (who is no stranger to investigative journalism) offer clear and concise information and numerous details that make this book not only a fascinating read, but a compelling one. It will doubtless cause howls of dismay and threats - but sometimes the truth is very uncomfortable. My only advice is to read it for yourself and judge.
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84 of 96 people found the following review helpful By R. S. Vaughn on June 4, 2010
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John Amato and David Neiwert have painstakingly chronicled the events leading up to and following the November, 2008 election. By rendering the facts without spin they have laid bare the raw ferocity of the cognitive dissonance among the Republicans, the Tea Party, and the fringe right wing. This book should be required reading in every political science class from now on.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Edwin C. Pauzer VINE VOICE on July 5, 2010
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At 11 p.m., the night of November 5, 2008, John McCain, representing the pro-business, conservative America, conceded defeat in his bid for the presidency of the United States. The country was suddenly transformed, especially conservative and right wing America that believed that it would never have happened. Their candidates and their philosophy were soundly rejected by the electorate, and they too were transformed. Their mass paranoid hysteria had begun. Authors John Amato and David Neiwert, of the blog "Crooks and Liars," explain how it started, and how it took on a life of its own.

The authors explain how a racist America accelerated quickly into overdrive. Blacks were beaten and killed because of an elected black man. There was a spike in hits on white supremicist websites and right wing blogs. Three police officers were killed in Pittsburgh by a man who believed that Obama would take away his guns.

The Republican reaction could have been an honest analysis of why they lost, but denial was a more soothing way to think. It wasn't that conservatism was bad or weak, it was because conservatives had lost their way. They turned on one of the most conservative administrations in history and its leader, George W. Bush for not having been conservative enough. It spawned a right wing movement called the Tea Party whom the Republicans thought they could use and control. However, it turned out the the Tea Partiers started pulling party strings instead by their support of ultra conservative candidates.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Keith Ammann on August 5, 2010
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This book tells an important story about the resurgence of the extreme right in recent years, loaded with underreported facts that it links together into a strong narrative. The problem is, it's also loaded with loaded language -- unnecessary epithets, cheap shots, appeals to ridicule and other miscellaneous editorializing, such that a moderate conservative, for example, might be goaded to ignore its message and write it off as untrustworthy liberal partisanship. This is a shame. I wish I'd been the authors' editor, so that I could cut out the gratuitous nastiness and let the facts speak for themselves.
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