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Right Is Wrong: How the Lunatic Fringe Hijacked America, Shredded the Constitution, and Made Us All Less Safe Hardcover – Deckle Edge


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1st edition (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307269663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307269669
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,239,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Columnist Huffington unleashes her pen on the far-right cowboys and lunatics who, she says, are running the Republican asylum and—with the media's help—threatening global safety, American security, health care and civil liberties. Her contribution to ongoing political debates offers well-rehearsed analyses parsing right-wing spin on the Iraq War, the justification for torture, global warming, immigration, stem cell research and health-care reform. Huffington's sallies have no trouble finding the chinks in the armor of the Bush administration, neocons like Bill Kristol or right-wing media stalwarts like Ann Coulter. While this is a serviceable election-year playbook, Huffington's populist stance may strike some as shaky given her relationship with the media she decries (she lambastes a television show for giving Ann Coulter a platform without adequately accounting for her own presence on the same program). Moreover, her distinction between the current radical right-wing leadership and Ronald Reagan's GOP fails to account for the strong continuity in terms of policies and personnel and has more rhetorical appeal than historical merit. (May)
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Political blogger Huffington worries about the lingering aftereffects of the Bush administration’s extreme conservatism. How, she asks, did the nation get to the point where torture is acceptable, intelligent design carries as much weight as evolution, and a war waged on dubious charges of weapons of mass destruction are met with only mild challenge? The primary culprit is the press—not the “Fox News pseudo-newsmen and talk radio blowhards” but traditional media, Huffington asserts. Bending over backwards to avoid being labeled liberal and enamored of the image of objectivity, the traditional media insists on defining two sides to every issue and locating sources on the Left and the Right in search of balance. Huffington insists there are no two sides to some issues: the need for universal health insurance, the consequences of global warming, and the misguided decision to go to war in Iraq. She lambastes the conceit of objectivity that presents both sides and leaves judgment to readers and listeners while failing to give them enough hard facts. Among the targets of her criticism: Tim Russert of Meet the Press, Judith Miller of the New York Times, and Bob Woodward of the Washington Post.  She offers transcripts of news shows, highlighting press failures to ask hard questions or to follow up on weak and nonresponsive answers. Huffington issues a challenge to stand up to bullying by extremists and regain a sense of fairness and decency in the nation. --Vanessa Bush

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Arianna Huffington is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of fourteen books. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. In 2013, she was named to the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. In 2006, and again in 2011, she was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union. She serves on several boards, including EL PAÍS, PRISA, the Center for Public Integrity, and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Her 14th book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder will be published by Crown in March 2014.

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I hope everyone gives Mrs. Huffington's book a read.
LA-Radio Ken
Also, no mention of the billions of dollars spent on non-reimbursed medical care for illegal immigrants.
J. D. White
This is one brilliant lady who has researched this administration thoroughly before writing this book.
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117 of 135 people found the following review helpful By Jon Hunt on May 7, 2008
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It's hard to imagine that just a few short years ago Arianna Huffington was on the "other side" of the political spectrum but her conversion has been welcome and her new book, "Right Is Wrong", is terrific. Like a fifteen-round prizefight without the one-minute intervals inbetween, Huffington relentlessly sheds light on the "right" with alacrity and acuity. From George Bush on down, we are reminded that this administration has been the worst... from the Middle East to the economy, health care and social issues.

The central thrust of "Right Is Wrong" is necessarily the war in Iraq. Citing many other prominent exposés about the war, Huffington goes after the major players...Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld & co., and explains why this massive failure occured and continues. It's vintage Huffington...focused and persuasive. Yet, she also provides some great humor, and her descriptions of Tim Russert and Bob Woodward are more than worth it.

Huffington finishes her book with a warning about John McCain and the consequences we would face if he were elected. It's Bush's third term, she says, and after almost eight years of "W", the country is ready for a new direction. I highly recommend "Right Is Wrong"... it's a solid, in-depth look at the past few years in Washington. One can only wonder what other things lurk in this administration...things we won't know until January, 2009, after they're out of power. I'm sure Arianna Huffington will be there with a sequel!
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83 of 100 people found the following review helpful By LA-Radio Ken on May 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I give every author of politically charged books a shot. As long as there are facts to back up the assertions, I will continue to read. Mrs. Huffington hits the mark again. She isn't one to pander to either side of the political spectrum or cover up when either a Democrat or a Republican has committed a crime or a faux pas.

What I like about the book is that she isn't attacking the Republican Party as a whole; but sheds light on those individuals who are harming the GOP from within. The Republican Party of Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower is gone; it's not the same political group.

I hope everyone gives Mrs. Huffington's book a read. I'm certain that my fellow Republican friends will immediately pan "Right is Wrong" without even reading it - only to get their opinion of the book from the likes of Coulter or Limbaugh. We need to stop being so blind as to what's going on.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mary A. Axford VINE VOICE on June 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Title Right Is Wrong: How the Lunatic Fringe Hijacked America, Shredded the Constitution, and Made Us All Less Safe
Author: Arianna Huffington
Rating ****

Tags politics, current affairs. republican party, george w. bush, john mccain

Huffington is the founder of one of the most widely read political blogs, The Huffington Post. She is a native of Greece, but has been an enthusiastic participant in politics in this country for many years. She started as a Republican, and one of the more interesting parts of Right Is Wrong is her discussion of why she was Republican and what changed her. She was a Republican because she believed in limited government, that private sources were the best remedies for society's ills. She was always concerned with issues of helping the poor, and thought that many Republicans were as well.

She left the Republican party after Newt Gingrich heard her ideas on helping the poor and said that they were the kind of ideas Republicans needed. It wasn't long before she realized that he was not actually interested in helping the poor but in the appearance of doing so. She also "...came to recognize that the task of overcoming poverty is too monumental to be achieved without the raw power of annual appropriations." (p. 9)

Since then, she says that many of her friends who are Republican have become bewildered by the direction of the Party. So the book is about how the fringe elements took over the GOP and hijacked its principles.
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38 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Scott on May 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Incredible, honest, and thought provoking book... even my staunch, conservative father found this one worth the read. How far into recession does the country need to sink before the "right" realizes they are as wrong as can be?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Aaron767 on February 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must read. It is very funny and hard to put down. Every American should read this book because it really shows how the Republican Party stays in power through hypocrisy, bullying, and lying. From their war on science to torture to destroying the constitution they need to ALL be voted out of office. Despite the chapter on John McCain (although still very interesting) EVERY chapter is still very relevant.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Yoda on May 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Gauging by the one and two star ratings from the radical right, it's obvious that Arrianna has struck a cord of truth. Of course, truth is something foreign to the neo-cons, as we have evidenced during the past eight years. Read the book for yourself, and don't judge according to the right (er, wrong ) wing book review campaigns.
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