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Why the Left Hates America: Exposing the Lies That Have Obscured Our Nation's Greatness Hardcover – October 22, 2002

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Spurred on by what he sees as anti-American sentiment among leftists in the wake of September 11, Flynn, the executive director of Accuracy in Academia, a conservative watchdog group, seeks to "expose the strong undercurrent of reverse patriotism on the political Left." Unlike fellow conservative pundit Ann Coulter (Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right), Flynn draws a distinction between liberals, who are motivated by "love of country," and the real targets of his criticism, those who "view 'Amerika' as so inherently corrupt as to be beyond repair." He offers numerous examples of journalists, college students, professors and anonymous voices on the World Wide Web who are critical of the U.S. government; gives a thumbnail history of anti-Americanism in the U.S.; and argues against the "Five Big Lies" of the American Left (#5: "The rich get richer; the poor get poorer"). Flynn is particularly dismayed by the prevalence of leftism on college campuses and in academic curricula. Though some of his arguments are familiar, and his historical perspective arguably lacks rigor, Flynn will likely find grateful sympathizers.
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Flynn, executive director of Accuracy in Academia (www.academia.org), attempts to analyze and explain the anti-American sentiments of the Left in his new book. The Left, according to Flynn, consists of intellectuals, museum curators, journalists, librarians, movie stars, and academics who question or criticize U.S. government policies, American culture, and society. Flynn generalizes that the Left controls and manipulates education and entertainment in the United States in an attempt to destroy American society and values. He also writes that McCarthyism, internment of the Japanese during World War II, and slavery have been embellished by the Left (to the detriment of other historical calamities) and are therefore not as vile as the Left believes or teaches. Flynn's gross generalizations and virulent depictions of the Left go beyond a simple critique of the excesses of political correctness; he paints with such a broad brush that "Left" and "Intellectuals" function mainly as straw men in his argument, making his views finally unbelievable. Activities and statements representing the Left are cited in an extensive end notes/bibliography section. Libraries that already own the works of David Horowitz (Hating Whitey and Other Progressive Causes) need not buy Flynn's book. Joyce M. Cox, Nevada State Lib. & Archives, Carson City
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Prima Lifestyles (October 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076156375X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761563754
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,985,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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46 of 60 people found the following review helpful By The Nerd on July 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Daniel Flynn does a great job arguing his case that the left generally, and academia specifically, are consumed with an anti-American agenda. He starts with a large series of anecdotes that followed 9-11. They consist of mainly stories and quotes from college profs, students, and protesters who blame "Amerika" for the death of nearly 3,000 Americans that day.

Flynn then explores the roots -- both historical and intellectual -- of anti-Americanism. He traces it back to the Industrial age of the 19th century, where changes in the economy (i.e., prosperity) brought with it a mantra that hasn't stopped since-- economic inequality. This increase in wealth allowed for the formation of a leisure class to contemplate their guilt. And these wealthy individuals, using their time to ponder such issues, became America's first intellectual/anti-American class. This new anti-American class, however, was unorganized and thus resorted to using "bombs and bullets" instead of articulating a coherent refutation of American society. The author then runs us through these violent events.

Flynn then proceeds into the 20th century, exploring the more organized groups that made up American communism and the subsequent Frankfurt School (i.e., Critical Theorists). According to Flynn, the latter development was created in light of the worldwide economic failure of Marxist ideas. Sensing the waning popularity of traditional Marxist thought, these would-be traditional Marxists did something quite clever. Just as a species must adapt to a hostile environment to avoid extinction, so too must an ideology, or a memeplex, adapt to survive in people's minds when faced with facts that fail to support it.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Daniel Flynn has done a remarkably cogent and level-headed job of examining and revealing why there is a faction of Americans in this country who have been indoctrinated to hate themselves and their prosperous country - a strange phenom that has been increasingly evident since the horrific attacks of 9/11. All of the sudden, more than ever before, all the ills of the world are the fault of the USA. Flynn probes the origins of this bizarre trend - and what he uncovers has a decidedly sinister base (Communism). But Flynn writes with intelligence and care. This book should be taught in high schools and on college campuses.
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30 of 41 people found the following review helpful By dean_from_sa on July 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Inflammatory? Yes.
Does this author deliver over-the-top narration about the holes in his adversaries� opinions? Yes.
Does this author have a good point? Absolutely!
This book outlines some of the arguments posited against the longest standing democracy in the world. While he readily acknowledges the shortcomings of our current system, he decries the Left/Socialist critique of America. Dating back to earliest attempts to subvert our democracy by Socialism and chronicling the various attempts after, Flynn documents the history of Communism/Socialism�s chronic attacks on our freedom and way of life. Starting with Marx, W E B Du Bois, the US Communist Party, and their illegitimate offspring �multi-culturalism�, Flynn gives a blow by blow account of how the jealous elite wants to subvert all of our freedom.
If you have become frustrated by the continuing liberal slant in the news media and from the universities, this is your road map for understanding what is really behind the nonsense. This is your chance to unlearn the unsupported attacks on our country and its founders that you received in school.
Deal with the hyperbolic language and you will find this a well-researched gem that with help you understand the wellspring of Leftist whining and extremists attacks on our country. It may also help you �re-educate� the brainwashed liberal next door.
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22 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Martin Asiner on January 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
There is so much anti-American sentiment worldwide that one is not surprised to find that these strident deniers of all worthwhile things traditionally American are often of the homegrown variety. In WHY THE LEFT HATES AMERICA, Daniel J. Flynn takes the Left to task as he analyzes who they are, why they think the way they do, and what the Right can say to refute the Left's most egregious charges. Flynn places current vitriolic hatred of America within an historical context. He notes that those who shout the loudest are often the same ones who in the mid 1960s stormed the ivy citadels of Columbia University in their protest against the Vietnam War. Those bearded radicals upset far more than the placid decorum of a few harried college administrators. Over the next few decades they became the new generation of administrators and teachers. They wrote books revamping history, taught a brand of history that focused only on America's acknowledged blighted past and carefully overlooked an unacknowledged glory filled record of achievement. Flynn notes that the trend toward anti-American thought began with the early Communist converts of this country in the mid 1920s. It was not difficult for these converts to attract the leaders of a series of oppressed minorities to their cause: W. E. B. DuBois, Paul Robeson, and Lincoln Steffens. With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the race toward finishing the job begun by DuBois, Robeson, and Steffens accelerated. I seem to recall that it was only then that I began to read about a new source of blame America first; the Frankfurt School of Max Horkheimer, Erich Fromm, Theodor Adorno, and Georg Lukacs revamped their then debunked Critical Theory to criticize American culture from top to bottom.Read more ›
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