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Smear Tactics: The Liberal Campaign to Defame America Hardcover – November 27, 2007

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“Brad Miner has captured the liberals at it again…underscoring how down and dirty the political divide has become.” (Dick Morris, author of Outrage and Fleeced)

“This is a reasonable man’s eye-opening account of unreason.” (William J. Bennett, author of America: The Last Best Hope)

“A passionate cry of protest against anti-conservative defamation—Smear Tactics sets the pulse racing.” (David Frum, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Right Man and An End to Evil)

“You’d better take Brad Miner’s guided tour of smear tactics, because they are all around you. (Richard Brookhiser, senior editor, National Review)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (November 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061140147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061140143
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,394,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brad Miner is Senior Editor of The Catholic Thing and was the founding editor of American Compass: "The Conservative Alternative," which was formerly a division of Bookspan, a joint venture of Bertelsmann and Time-Warner that operated most of America's commercial book clubs. His Compass Points blog received recognition in the 2007 Webby Awards.

He is the author of five books, including The Concise Conservative Encyclopedia and The Compleat Gentleman: The Modern Man's Guide to Chivalry. With journalist Charles J. Sykes, he co-wrote and edited The National Review College Guide: America's 50 Top Liberal-Arts Schools. His most recent book, Smear Tactics, was published in November by HarperCollins, and will be released in paperback this August. A new edition of The Compleat Gentleman was published by Richard Vigilante Books in 2009.

He has managed bookstores in Columbus, Cincinnati, and Dayton, held senior editorial positions in New York with both Bantam Books and HarperCollins, and from 1989 until 1992 was Literary Editor of National Review, America's leading journal of conservative opinion. As a book editor, he has published the work of a diverse and distinguished group of authors, including Sidney Hook, Evan S. Connell Jr., Hal Lindsey, Mother Angelica, and Chuck Yeager. He is the author of scores of magazine and newspaper articles.

He has been a John M. Olin Visiting Professor at Adelphi University.

Mr. Miner has appeared on many radio and television shows and has been quoted in articles appearing in The Washington Times, The New York Times, USA Today, Columbia Journalism Review, The Los Angeles Times, Newsmax, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Washington Post, Newsday, and The American Spectator.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suppresst on January 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
I read this work hoping to gain metaphysical insights into the use of smear tactics - get at root causes of why smear tactics are employed, how they are employed and by whom, based on past and present practices. A few pages of this work attempt to shed light on these questions, but the bulk of the work is exculpatory - it singles out smears employed by liberals in recent years and then debunks them; as if I need to read a book to find out that George W. Bush is not actually a Nazi, or that 9/11 was not an "inside" job by the Bush administration.

The author is a true conservative and has a fine writing style, but the substance of this work fell short, for me.
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