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Why the Left Hates America: Exposing the Lies That Have Obscured Our Nation's Greatness Hardcover

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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: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,682,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

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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42 of 55 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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29 of 39 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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 13, 2003
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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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47 of 65 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 6, 2004
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Most of the people that have written reviews that say this book is shallow have obviously not read the book. These people have obviously read nothing more than the title of the book and possibly the blurb on the back. I feel that they have chosen to "review" the book just to keep others from even considering reading it. Dan Flynn does not define the LEFT as people who are merely liberal or Democrats. The LEFT in his mind is something completely different from the vast majority of America, and they are hardly represented in our government as well. He defines the LEFT as extreme and radical. They include people like movie stars with the bully pulpits who constantly tear down our country. These are the people who say terrible things and then run to other countries to hide all the while spending money made by entertaining an uninformed public. Before you close your mind to this book, make sure that you know what the book is about. The person who said that he is talking about 30 percent of the population obviously did not even read through the first pages of the book. This book is about a much smaller and far more dangerous population.
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117 of 165 people found the following review helpful By Enigma on November 30, 2003
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First a review about the other reviews (something I have never done or felt the need to do but in this case it is warranted) and then a review about the book.


You need to READ and then THINK and then try to COMPREHEND the book before you review it. If you did you would have found out these things. The book over and over states the difference between liberals, who DO NOT hate America and what the book defines as those on the left, WHO DO. The author continually speaks about the founding fathers and usurpation of the constitution as being a threat to America. One of his strongest points is that the first amendment must be embraced so we CAN HAVE discourse on both sides of the issues. Nowhere does he even suggest the antithesis of this.


Each study that I have read has shown the anti-podal of your belief. The higher the IQ the more likely to be conservative, while the lower the IQ the more likely to embrace liberal philosophies. Sorry Dusty, the truth hurts, try to live in reality.


1. The author encourages disagreeing with presidents and even gives a great story about Thomas Jefferson encouraging this as a staple of liberty in the book (198-199)

2. Questioning war is not anti-American, it is healthy as the author points out, what is anti-American is showing only the worst of war and claiming that this is the norm. (30, 45, 86, 129, etc)

3. Please read his book Phillip, you might understand how wrong you are.

JOESPH LINDEN & A reader from San Diego

You say he forgot to mention "slavery" Try READING these pages 9, 33-39, 61, 90-96, 126-128, 150 - 158, 178-180, 211.
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