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Paranoid Nation: The Real Story of the 2008 Fight for the Presidency Hardcover – December 10, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1588181862 ISBN-10: 1588181863

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hill Street Press (December 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588181863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588181862
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,859,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By CB Hackworth on December 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This highly readable new book acknowledges, and should appeal to, the enormous number of Americans who believe in one "conspiracy theory" or another. Matt Towery's own conspiracy theory -- that the 2008 election had far less to do with Barack Obama or John McCain than with behind-the-scenes, dynastic puppet masters vying for power not now but far into the future -- may seem a bit far out, until you start turning the pages. Besides (and I admit some bias here, because I have known the author for many years), Towery has become one of the nation's top pollsters because he has an uncanny knack for being right when just about everyone else is wrong. I know of few other pundits who follow politics so closely (or with such a suspicious eye), and whether you end up agreeing with him or not, he has produced an extremely entertaining and thought provoking analysis of what "really" happened in 2008. In short, Towery makes it fashionable to be at least a little paranoid.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Houck Jr. on December 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Towery is on the mark. His overview of the 2008 presidential election is a must read. The first book of the political season that looks indepth at the road to the White House with lots of insider information.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Garyoreese on December 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
What makes Towery's book a genuinely "readable read" is that he doesn't rehash what the pundits and journalists already have said about the 2008 presidential election. Instead, he offers views on how the race developed that show that the pundocracy is often swept along as part of the story, instead of being totally objective storytellers. Paranoid Nation illustrates how the real story often isn't the story told most often. You need to read this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tranquilo on January 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Author Towery does well to recall several anecdotes about his own political career which serve to enliven this tale of political mischief. His own adventures and misadventures over the years make this read enjoyable as well as credible. Four stars only as the narrative wanders at times, but Towery does indeed have something to say, and overall he says it well.
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