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Well-Written, Well-Researched and Rather Shrewd,
This review is from: Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America (Hardcover)
If you are interested in reading this book, it's likely that you are already of a certain political mindset. Therefore, I'm going to try to make this review helpful to you depending on your specific beliefs. I will do my best to be direct and not mis-leading.
If You Are a Liberal:
Let me give you a fair warning; If you are a liberal democrat, even an "open-minded" one, you will hate this book. I would not recommend you waste your time reading Demonic. You will likely find Ms. Coulter to be mean-spirited toward your affiliation and paint you all with a generalized brush of disdain that you may not deserve. Now, if you still choose to read the book (despite my stern warning) you may learn some interesting facts(while being offended) as this book is undeniably well-researched and covers some interesting historical and philosophical concepts. However, I would imagine the chore of spending the hours needed to read this book red faced and clench-jawed will easily override some interesting facets the book uncovers. In fact, you will probably garner more from simply reading the work of Gustave Le Bon, particularly his book "The Crowd"- which provides many of the same factual insights discussed in Demonic, without being overtly offensive. So, to you my liberal, beloved, fellow American, I hope this review will save you some time and money by avoiding the aforementioned work.
If You Are a Conservative:
Ahh, yes, the target audience for this book. If you fit within this group, Ann Coulter, and her newest work will likely appeal to you- especially if you prefer a no-nonsense delivery and a barrage of well-articulated shots taken at the Democratic Party and Liberal/Progressive leaders and it's followers. Coulter's true strength is her ability to couple well-researched events and link them to what she feels are modern equivalents (often with compelling evidence). The end result will supply you with entirely new reasons to remain firm in your political and moral convictions while giving you new ammunition to besiege your Democrat-loving relatives next Thanksgiving dinner. In truth, Ann is incredibly insightful and much too smart for my personal liking- as I fear ever having to debate someone like her about ANYTHING. I greatly enjoy her writing style, she is blunt, bold and opinionated- and fortunately for you, those are opinions you will likely support.
Demonic is primarily a book that seeks to highlight the mob-psychology that often occupies space in modern politics. Ann equates the "mob mentality" with literal demonic/evil influence- a notion that many may feel takes the argument too far. However, as with many of Coulter's books, her claims are backed by a myriad of historic events, facts and statistics, that may lend credence to many of the implications within the book. Ultimately, it will be up to you to decide whether her allegations bear any weight. I can only tell you, that for me personally, Demonic underscored strong correlations with some tragic historic events and recent tactics seen in several parties and sects today. Those who fail to observe the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them; perhaps Demonic will help America dodge some of the most unpleasant lessons on the horizon by encouraging critical thought from its people, rather than loyalty to propaganda and hollow-catchphrases.
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Posted on Jun 7, 2011 11:44:47 AM PDT
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good review. however, i'm not sure that people such as myself would "hate" the book. Although for some reason we can't look inside this book, the absurd title and quotes from coulter in the product description clearly indicate extreme and ridiculous hyperbole--for example "If Charles Manson's followers hadn't killed Roman Polanski's wife, Sharon Tate, Clinton would have pardoned him, too, and he'd probably be teaching at Northwestern University." This and other idiotic, extreme and one-sided statements about liberals don't make me hate books such as this. i find them to be very boring and a waste of time because they can't be taken seriously.
i put this book on reserve at the library so i may write a review at some time.
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Posted on Jun 7, 2011 12:56:53 PM PDT
Felix Gumby says:
Kanavy, I do not believe you read this book. . .certainly, the "review" you gave gives no indication, nor does it substantiate that you did. You apparently think that by giving a bizarre neutral bashing of Coulter and her ideas you will garner interest from the left and uninformed. Calling Coulter's arguments "overtly offensive" is not just rude, but wrong. Since when is the TRUTH "overtly offensive"? The truth is, and sadly for you, the truth is only the truth. Sorry, next. . .
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T. R. Kanavy says:
Did YOU actually read my review? I didn't bash Coulter at all, I merely pointed out that she would offend anyone on the left. There is no such thing as a "neutral bashing" or a neutral five star review! Did you read the book? When you do, you will notice that I specifically cited some of her main inspirations and ideals. I'm not trying to prove I read the book in my review(who wants to read that?), I was giving it the five stars I felt it deserved and hoping we could skip the 30, 1 star reviews from people from a hardened pre-disposed position by giving them fair warning they would dislike the book- so why should they bother reading and reviewing? The book is not intended for that audience. Also, pretty many people will agree that if someone says that liberal's "have their head up their ass" - as Coulter implies is an "OVERTLY offensive" way of saying she does not respect their viewpoint. I personally love Coulter's writing, but its not for everyone- as I stated in my review. I don't think I need to be mean to people, because they believe differently or are misguided on issues. Why subject them to a verbal thrashing they have to pay for? Why don't you read my review again, especially my summary paragraph and see if you can better understand my intent. If you still can't, well then I apologize for trying to be to be fair.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2011 1:48:02 PM PDT
Thomas Pynchon says:
Keep pushin' the hate Ann. You're really making American a better place. If you have a problem with our President then feel free to move to Canada. Or maybe China might be a better choice, you seem to prefer repressive govenments. In fact, the Chinese will shoot into a 'mob' every time.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2011 5:02:09 PM PDT
Son Of Samwise says:
It's hard to imagine Coulter being any more revealing about the Demonic nature of the left than she already has been - especially in Godless, where she linked the left to Darwinism and the Nazis.
I'm sure this will be a very interesting read.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2011 7:43:11 PM PDT
i have not reviewed blind allegiance yet. i am currently reading it, about one-third through it. my comments have not been specifically about the content of the book but of statements of reviewers, just as you have not read this book either.
however, palin's damaging emails can be taken seriously. and let's not forget that you copied a negative review that you had not written and put your name on it. and are now criticizing people that you think didn't read the book. i guess that's ok, right?
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Mark A. Whitenack says:
How can the far right ever convincingly throw off Naziism when it so thoroughly rests in their camp! Lol