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Underdogma: How America's Enemies Use Our Love for the Underdog to Trash American Power Hardcover – February 1, 2011
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Michael Prell’s book, Underdogma, explains in detail how the Left masks anti-Americanism and anti-Western sentiment behind the American tradition of rooting for the underdog and how we can fight back against their rhetoric by reviving the American spirit of our founding fathers that transformed us from the underdog’ to the greatest country on earth.”
former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich
Michael Prell skillfully exposes how our misplaced emphasis to cheer on the underdogs, especially in the international community, will erode America’s status not only as a superpower, but also as the greatest nation in the world. A must-read for anyone who believes in maintaining America’s presence as a global leader.”
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, (R, MN-6), leader of the Tea Party Caucus
Underdogma is the first great Tea Party book”
Tea Party Patriots co-founder and national coordinator Jenny Beth Martin,
one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, 2010
Underdogma is the Rosetta Stone for our time’s most portentous puzzle: Why do so many in this countryincluding some in leadership positionsabhor our national greatness and seek to diminish it at every turn? Michael Prell has broken the code,’ and in so doing made an invaluable contribution to preserving and strengthening American exceptionalism.”
Frank Gaffney, Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy, Ronald Reagan’s Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy
Americans have sympathy for the underdog. But that sympathy, Michael Prell argues, can be used by America's enemies to undermine faith in our culture and our country. In Underdogma, Prell shows how that worksand what we can do to combat it.”
Michael Barone, FOX News contributor, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, Senior Political Analyst, The Washington Examiner, Co-Author, The Almanac of American Politics
Thank goodness for this effort.”
UN Ambassador John Bolton, author of Surrender is not an Option
Underdogma is the Liberty and Tyranny of 2011”
Ezra Levant, author of Shakedown
Clever, accurate, droll and timely: The meek shall inherit contrariness.”
Nationally syndicated radio host John Batchelor
I love, love love it. The title is fantastic.”
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, bestselling author, television and radio host
Compelling; well done.”
Daniel Pipes, author, founder of the Middle East Forum
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Michael Prell offers a unique insight on a heretofore unexamined weakness in American culture; the irrational love of underdogs. Prell makes the case that loving the underdog is as much a part of American culture as Mom, apple pie and yelling at the umpire.
Rooting for the underdog seems harmless enough but Prell points out that the condition he calls Underdogma actually has a profound and negative effect on America's internal politics and external relations. It seems that America's enemies aren't spending much time rooting for the underdog. They are to busy plotting to kill the overdog.
This book is timely, insightful and extremely well written. Heck, it's even entertaining! If you have ever wondered how anyone could hate America read Underdogma.
I found this book exceptionally interesting and informative. The author's practical application of his theory is fascinating and makes one more aware of one's own preconceptions.
By demonstrating that those who practice underdogma exploit our natural and laudable sympathy for the underdog Prell makes us see the dangers inherent in this increasingly pervasive theory.
It's far too easy to be politically narrow-minded and limit our openness to ideas based upon the impact they have upon our preconceptions and political biases. There will be those who will be tempted to dismiss this work simply because of the author's politics and who will fall back upon their own hackneyed arguments without engaging the work and honestly considering the author's theory.
Those who do approach this work with an open mind and a desire to consider this well researched and interesting theory will have their eyes opened and their awareness increased.
If you are trying to understand the confusing and contradictory ideologies active in society today, and to see them for what they are, this is definitely a book that you should read.
You will never look at the news (or your own gut-reactions to the news) the same way again. You'll look at them clearly after you've read Underdogma.
Prell's writing style is concise, his multiple examples are provocative and effective as they serve to illustrate just how wide spread this Underdogma 'affliction' is in our society. This is the first work of its kind in a very long time that actually offers a new-- and very useful-- lens through which anyone can analyze the day-to-day happenings of society as well as complex relationships between nations.
I am looking forward to reading more from this author.
Ironically, in order to neutralize the "Big" and powerful, power-seeking politicians use Underdogma to create Big Government. "Jealousy, envy, and Underdogma," Prell explains, "have their roots in our desire for equality...Underdogma is not simply resenting what the Joneses have but scorning the Joneses for having it, while actively looking for ways to knock our overdog neighbors down a few pegs and, in the process, lifting ourselves (the underdogs) up." In order to "lift up" so-called underdogs, advocates of Big Government use Underdogma to appeal to voters' emotions by projecting virtue onto the "little guy" (simply because he has less) and demonizing supposedly greedy "big shots" and "fat cats" because they have more than their "fair share".
Underdogma turns heart-felt compassion for the less fortunate into political propaganda that Leftist and other power-seeking "Puppetmasters" use to manipulate what Vladimir Lenin called "Useful Idiots.Read more ›
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This is an excellent book, one that explains why people hate us, how the progressive political people thinks and acts, and how to respond to it.Published 16 months ago by Frederick Y Machado
Great insights into some of our more bizarre social-psychcography. The insights presented by Prell offer clarity and helps understand how some people react to the underdog.Published 23 months ago by tony scott
Young people are clueless about how they re being manipulated by the Media and Political Parties. This will open the eyes of many about how they are being easily manipulated... Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by restpoint72
This was for a Christmas gift so I cannot review the book. The recipient was very happy. Should be quite interesting.Published on February 6, 2013 by sdean
IT IS JUST THE BOOK TO EDUCATE AS TO THE TYRANNY OF WORDS THAT IS BEING USED TO INDOCTRINATE AND DECEIVE THAT IS USED WIDELY... Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by Marbo424
Very well done treatise. Prell presents a reasonable argument for his thesis that Americans tend to rally behind the perceived underdog simply because of his status as an... Read morePublished on December 18, 2012 by Howard J. Slepian
But, if you're a thoughtful person that has the notion that there are other individuals than yourself, then this book will open your eyes to a whole new world of human behavior and... Read morePublished on August 1, 2012 by Darrell G. Eson