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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House (August 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401940544
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401940546
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #941,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alan Colmes is a liberal political commentator, radio host, author, and web publisher. He currently hosts “The Alan Colmes Show,” a nationally syndicated radio show distributed by Fox News Radio. Offering a bold take on the news of the day, with guests ranging from prominent political figures to the biggest names in entertainment and pop culture, Colmes welcomes “any and all opinion, any and all of the time.” Colmes runs the website Liberaland, where he covers the most recent and powerful stories in the news. He is also the author of the book Red, White & Liberal.

Colmes began his career in stand-up comedy, but quickly moved into the world of broadcast news. After several highly rated radio shows, Colmes cemented his reputation as a liberal voice in the media when he served as the liberal counterpart to Sean Hannity on Fox News’s “Hannity & Colmes.”

Website: www.alan.com


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I really enjoyed this book, very thought provoking.
Jenn B
I could go on and on and point out the many factual errors and obvious misuse of terms that mislead the reader, but after all, this is a polemic, not a scholarly work.
David M. Dougherty
In this book, liberals are people who are open minded and willing to make a change.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OutlawPoet TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 8, 2013
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Now, when reviewing a political book, I think it's important that the reader know if my review comes from one political side of the fence or another. So in all fairness, I'm a Liberal. However, I'm a Liberal who doesn't believe that all Conservatives are evil, racist, etc.

Now that I've gotten that out of the way, to the book:

I did think that this was a pretty fair accounting of Liberalism in America. It seems that the author went out of his way to show a broad history of the founding of America and American political ideals. He includes stories about many Political Conservatives who have acted in ways to increase racial equality, acceptance of gays and lesbians, and who have helped the poor. He includes stories that show that some of our Liberal Saints were racists who believed in eugenics, regardless of some of the good things they are remembered for.

At its heart, the book is a fascinating history lesson - a history of Americans trying to help others as we build our nation. At the end of reading Thank The Liberals, I wasn't thinking of whether Liberals or Conservatives are better. I was just thinking that we live in a darned good country and I was glad I learned something new.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Roy Clark on October 8, 2012
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On the back flap of THANK THE LIBERALS dust cover it said "Colmes began his career in stand-up comedy and quickly moved to..." Then too, there was the book's front cover of BOOK, which depicts author implishly shoving his finger up the Liberal's 'A'. I expected Funny,or at least anything but musty-dusty.

Once inside though there are lifts from the U.S. Constitution (Article I, Section 8, etc) with liberal (pun intended) lifts from books about the Constitution, alota legal tomes to do with someone or some entity suing some institution re rights or Supreme Court verdicts (Plessy v. Ferguson), even as far back as 1896 (maybe further) or Brown v. Board of Education or political speeches, debates et so-forth. Then re immigration laws (like SB 1070, with lengthy legal comments. And pages of The Wall Street Journal; then et al et on et on)

Oh: And lower court verdicts and commentary, too. zzzzzzz

In all, it was a lengthy paper chase which must have involved many many many hours of library and online research. If you like law or history or politics (many partisan readers might) this book is for you. For Clark v. THANK the LIBERALS, it became a somnambulistic marathon.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Neal Reynolds VINE VOICE on November 7, 2012
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A goodly portion of this book reminds us that many of the advantages we enjoy today were implemented by liberal thinkers who were heavily opposed by the conservative thinkers of the day. Social Sicurity, Medicare, minimum wage, five day workweek all fall in this category.

The author of course then tries to convince us that the main issues on today's liberal agenda, abortion and gay marriage, fall in the same category as the above. Some will agree with him and some won't, but the book and the arguments therein are worth reading. And the look at what liberal thinkers accomplished in the past is definitely something all should read and be aware of.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R S Cobblestone VINE VOICE on March 13, 2013
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There's a crowd that I have lunch with after diving that, after discussing observations on sea life and equipment foibles, always seems to have the conversation turn toward the country and state's economic policies. One friend in particular bashes liberals relentlessly - he would call himself a libertarian, but I would call him a conservative libertarian - and he seems to be waiting for civilization to collapse because of Obama's policies. My observation from these discussions is that it is easy to give short quips that are critiques of what is happening in the country and the world, but thoughtful rebuttals take more time, time not really available in a multi-conversation lunch. I feel the same way on the rare occasions I listen to aliens like Limbaugh or Hannity.

Thank the Liberals, by Alan Colmes, is a refreshing reminder that a healthy liberal streak was involved in everything that makes this country great, from the actual content of the Constitution to Supreme Court decisions to the social policies that make our country the envy of many in the world.

"Government isn't the enemy; its employees aren't automatically incompetent (another broad generalition that has played itself out with the attack on public unions); and when the government steps in to regulate something, it isn't fascism. Our heroic first responders are government workers. Our police, fire, and military workers keep us safe and protected. Government regulations make sure that when you bite into a potato chip you don't die of arsenic poisoning and that when you get into your car the engine doesn't explode" (p. 88).

And I like this... "One of the bedrock tenets of liberalism is the ability to change your thinking. You may believe the earth is flat on Monday, but if new evidence comes to light on Tuesday, you change your views" (p. 89).

For me, refreshing and uplifting.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Carey VINE VOICE on December 7, 2012
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Thank the Liberals is a political book about the many contributions liberals have made in their quest for a better, fairer America. Fox News commentator Alan Colmes takes the time to share with the reader an endless list of examples that prove the book's main point: That liberals are responsible for positive change and have been on the right side of American history from the beginning.

Author Alan Colmes is no stranger to the bulk of the American public and he is very open in his liberal stand on the pressing issues of our day. He firmly believes in liberal values and the need to work for change and equality whenever possible and he credits his fellow liberals, past and present, for working to make change a regular part of American life. He points out the liberal nature of the founding fathers and other important figures who realized that conditions were not equal for all Americans and worked to even the playing field. The book stresses, over and over again, that liberals were the ones working behind the scenes and in front of them, fighting for change and standing up for the underdog.

I know that the more conservative among us are likely feeling their temperature rise as they read this review, but what everyone must realize is that the book is not referring to liberals in the sense in which most of us think of them today. What the book means when it uses the word liberal is in the classical sense- a person who believes in a live- and- let- live attitude and believes in progressive change. That means that almost every founding father of the United States was a die- hard liberal because each of them wanted a nation founded on radical ideas that were in sharp contrast to the ways of governing in Europe and other places.
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