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The Backlash: Right-Wing Radicals, High-Def Hucksters, and Paranoid Politics in the Age of Obama Paperback – September 13, 2011
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In the end he speaks about what he feels these people really fear and I think he hits the nail on the head. They fear that their way of life is vanishing and to some degree they are right. I don't agree that this should be frightening, but it is an accurate diagnosis of the source of their anger.
This is about another kind of tragedy: An entire class of American citizens whose fear over a changing country has led them to some irrational, paranoid beliefs. Bunch manages to make these people likable and engaging -- without giving an inch on the glaring factual inaccuracies of their attacks.
I especially enjoyed the chronological structure of the book, because it reads almost like a detective novel. Who are these people? Why do they hate the President? What are they so afraid of? By the time you get done reading "The Backlash," you'll have a much better idea. Highly recommended.
Since then, volumes have flooded the market which all but accuse Obama of having written The Communist Manifesto While many of the volumes may be incomprehensible, they do have an audience. And the AM airwaves flood us with warnings of the coming apocalypse, the socialist takeover, the evils of health care reform, and people screaming to keep the government off our Medicare.
So, when a book such as this one came out, I wondered how long it would take for some of those who despise Obama to write one-star reviews. It didn't take long...
Bunch, who'd already written an eloquent exposé of the Reagan administration, Tear Down This Myth: The Right-Wing Distortion of the Reagan Legacy has several characters in his narrative. Interestingly, the lead one is fear. Second may actually be Glenn Beck. Then there's unemployment. But there are others less noticeable. He starts the book with a description of a few advocates of Glenn Beck's 9/12 movement, and members of the Tea Party. He stayed with some of them in places like Delaware and Pennsylvania.Read more ›
Even though Bunch is an avowed progressive, he does a fairly decent job of presenting his case in a relatively objective and straightforward manner. Oddly, as someone who is more sympathetic to liberal ideology generally, by the time I finished the book I found myself less alarmed by the rise of Tea Party activism than I had been previously. Perhaps I'm naturally sympathetic to those who find themselves on the political fringe; which, incidentally, is an impulse manipulated to great advantage by those tasked with bringing fresh recruits into anti-government, anti-elitist, and anti-establishment movements. Mine is, to be sure, a sympathy for the underdog. Even as Bunch desperately tries to convey a sense of import in all this Tea Partying, the unmistakable and lasting impression is that this is a party of outliers and disgruntled misfits who mainly serve the purposes of those who are in the business of selling fear.Read more ›
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In reading this book, I came to the conclusion that all of the people that the author interviewed had one thing in common. These people cannot handle change. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Frederick S. Goethel
This book traces the roots of the Tea Party movement and right wing extremist racism. The author manages to identify several key events which served as catalysts for this movement. Read morePublished on August 26, 2013 by Mrc915
Will Bunch wrote a great book on Reagan and followed it up with this portrait of the delusional Tea Party.Published on August 26, 2013 by Joseph G. Williams
Anyone who lives in a democratic society and wishes to continue living it should read this book and the potential threat from a hate based section of the media which is clearly... Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by RR
Exactly. The republicans are reduced to having support in sparser areas the country, the gun-worshipping states, the racist, and the extreme views of the narcissistic right wing... Read morePublished on February 24, 2013 by smj
This is a terrific book. A worthy companion to Charles Pierce's Idiot America.
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This well-written review is presented in the format of factual opinion. I am waiting with bated breath to read Will Bunch's expose' of the Occupy phenomena and its accompanying... Read morePublished on January 16, 2012 by Feline Friend
In the light of the Occupy movement's disdain of political parties, the history of the Tea Party seems very tied to the GOP. Read morePublished on November 25, 2011 by John T. Earl
I had just finished reading a non-bias book about the backlash that was based on facts. I was expecting this book to be just as informative, instead it was nothing but his opinion... Read morePublished on June 25, 2011 by ldr