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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (June 25, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400046610
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400046614
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,348,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Liberals have been wrong about everything in the last half century," writes conservative pundit Ann Coulter, author of the bestselling anti-Clinton tome High Crimes and Misdemeanors. They've been especially wrong about Republicans, she writes. The bulk of Slander, in fact, is a well-documented brief dedicated to the proposition that most of the media despises anybody whose political opinions lie an inch to the right of the New York Times editorial page. This is hardly an original observation, though few have presented it with such verve. Coulter is the shock-jock of right-wing political commentary, able to dash off page after page of over-the-top but hilarious one-liners: "Liberals dispute slight reductions in the marginal tax rates as if they are trying to prevent Charles Manson from slaughtering baby seals." There's a certain amount of irony about an author who says "liberals prefer invective to engagement" also declaring, "The good part of being a Democrat is that you can commit crimes, sell out your base, bomb foreigners, and rape women, and the Democratic faithful will still think you're the greatest." But then carefully measured criticism never has been Coulter's shtick--or her appeal. Fans of Rush Limbaugh and admirers of Bernard Goldberg's Bias won't want to miss Slander. --John Miller

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For those who don't know Ann Coulter, she is one of those blond, right-wing, talking heads who pop up on cable--the most outspoken one. "We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity," she remarked after the terrorist attacks. She is no easier on liberals, on whom she blames, well, just about everything: "The liberal catechism includes a hatred of Christians, guns, the profit motive and political speech." Page after page of invective follows: "In radical Islam liberals finally found a religion they could respect." The diatribe (complete with footnotes when she's quoting liberals) continues through discussions of the liberal press, the "apocryphal" religious right, and liberals' inability to engage in ideas, only name-calling(!). Sometimes she makes a valid point. She's exactly right about the way the media criticizes women because of their looks. She neglects to mention, though, that this criticism is not restricted to Republican women such as Linda Tripp. Just ask Hillary Clinton. Coulter tries very hard to be incendiary, but she comes across as merely tedious. Although she claims liberals run the press, she'll no doubt turn up on many right-wing call-in shows, among other venues, so a buy a copy. Ilene Cooper
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More About the Author

ANN COULTER is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Godless, How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must), Treason, Slander, and High Crimes and Misdemeanors. She is the legal correspondent for Human Events and a syndicated columnist for Universal Press Syndicate. You can read her weekly column on her website, www.anncoulter.com.

Customer Reviews

This book is very well researched,and written.
James Warford
This woman is only spouting hate and making a bad name for us, I'm sure God will judge her fairly and she won't like where she is going.
zoomer
My main problem with her book, and many other conservative arguments, is that all she does is provide reasons to hate Liberals.
M. Hautzinger

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67 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Joel L. Gandelman VINE VOICE on June 30, 2002
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Slander is often brilliant: painstakingly researched, witty, and often making its case with breathtaking power. But it's also flawed: to make her case that liberals and the
news media demonize conservatives, author Ann Coulter consistently demonizes THEM.
It's a shame because Coulter often makes her case but resorts to the same tactics and language that she's criticizing. After you read it you wonder: then, what was the point?
She contends our political discourse increasingly resembles "professional wrestling," yet uses that exact style when writing about individuals and groups who she often effectively demolishes with facts. For instance, how does calling former CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite a "pious left-wing blowhard" make our political discussion more issue oriented -- even if it IS INCREDIBLY funny (which it is) and may indeed be true (I would not be a bit surprised)?
If you are a conservative Republican (I am not) you will LOVE Slander and want to gift it to like-minded friends. If you are a liberal Democrat (I am not) you will HATE Slander and not finish it. If you're an independent (like me) you may feel sad since Coulter, an attorney, at times makes her case so well. But her slash-and-burn rhetoric turns Slander into a case of the pot calling the pot a pot.
She makes many points with wit, such as on how New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was demonized by liberals until 911: "After September 11, the average New Yorker faced a risk of death or bodily harm not seen since David Dinkins was mayor...The
characterization of Giuliani as a heartless brute vanished into thin air like the blather it always was.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I found the uniquely homogenous string of single star reviews to Ms. Coulter's book so unusual that I figured it must be an organized smear campaign. If her book was so frightening as to evoke such vile and mean spirited response, well then, there must be something in there that is so blindingly truthful that it scares small minded people.
Well, I read it cover to cover and interestingly enough, there really wasn't anything that I found all that objectionable. I found myself disagreeing with a good bit of it while other parts made me laugh out loud. Perhaps not intentionally, there were sections that made me ponder my own paranoid illusions. I found conflict, humor, empathy and some of the zaniest postulates this side of the X-files.
Bottom line is, wether or not I agreed with any of it, I enjoyed it, which is a whole lot more that I can say for a lot of highly rated, politically correct books that I've read lately.
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142 of 190 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Anne Coulter documents the bias in the news that all of us have heard over the years and inserts her sharp commentary about media bias. Many people may not agree with what she says, but I don't think that's the point. She provides extensive, well documented quotes from those in the main stream media and lets readers know exactly what she thinks about it. This is what makes the book so enjoyable. I think her perspective is interesting and I love the sarcastic wit and humor of the book.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Anibal Raposo on December 30, 2002
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I enjoyed reading this book because of the information that is never heard in the media. Coulter gives the reader material to counter the biased media we are surrounded with on a daily basis. I used to be a big blind liberal and over the last few years I discovered that I am conservative. For many years people are brainwashed by the media, public ed., colleges, and mostly hollywood. Coulther with this book and many others shines the much needed light on the lies of the liberal left.
thank you Ann H. Coulter and look forward to future books
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30 of 39 people found the following review helpful By "shanksarmanda" on June 29, 2002
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Another review posted here complains about the lack of civil tone in Ann Coulter's book. Anyone familiar with Coulter understands that invective is her personal forte, but it is not as these other reviews contend, blind rage. Far from poorly reported, it is mercilessly footnoted, with many of the quotes of liberals damning in and of themselves without Coulter's help. Face it, people will buy this book because it is funny and because the subject matter here is cause for outrage. It is doubtful the negative reviews posted here were by people who actually read the book. More likely they are the people who can't stand the idea that anyone could ever question the liberal agenda as anything but the saving grace of all humanity. If you know Ann Coulter's work, you're going to love this book.
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54 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Micah Bartell on July 1, 2002
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I read the entire book, cover to cover. Based on the other reviews, I think that is a valid point to start with.
The book contained almost 40 pages of references alone. This was a well reasoned book with a great deal of supporting evidence. The supporting evidence is well documented and can be verified by anyone, including exactly where the sources are found, LexisNexis.
The book was amusing to read and kept you going most of the time. There were points at which it felt a bit belabored. I do not think this is so much a fault of the author, but more a result of the content. It indicates the constant repetition of the media in their treatment of conservatives, using the same old adjectives over and over.
I particularly liked the discussion of the religious right. It is absolutely hilarious to hear the media constantly talk about it as though it is an actual organization with members and leadership, etc.
To be part of the 'religious right', you need only 2 things, 1. Be an evangelical christian, 2. Be a Republican.
There is no central leadership, not Buchanan, Robertson, Falwell, or Bauer. There is no yearly dues, no organized bloc voting, no secret meetings. It is just a subset of unaffiliated people who are socially conservative and fiscally conservative.
In closing, the book was interesting, it was well documented, and it was accurate. It could have been 30 pages shorter, as the extra content was alot more of the same, which re-enforced the point of how pervasive this 'slander' is, but did make for a bit much repetition.
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