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5.0 out of 5 stars Today's GOP Falwell's Creation Not Reagan's, January 18, 2012
This review is from: God's Right Hand: How Jerry Falwell Made God a Republican and Baptized the American Right (Hardcover)
I've not made it fully through this important book, but it's sharp-edged analysis is breathtaking in what it unearths. Foremost is Winters' startlingly insight that today's political landscape -- its fault lines and battlegrounds and ideological armaments -- derive not from Reagan and his so-called revolution, but rather from the mind and manipulations of Jerry Falwell and the Moral Majority he built and deployed into partisan politics. With careful archival and historical research, moreover, Winters shows both how Falwell was able to accomplish this as well as revealing the peculiar architecture of mind, psychology, and theology behind it all. Many books of punditry and opinion purport to explain the origins of contemporary American politics, in God's Right Hand Winter's does the scholar's task of tracing real history. Highly recommended...
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Initial post: Jan 18, 2012 5:07:54 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 18, 2012 5:32:42 PM PST
C. Scanlon says:
"sharp-edged analysis is breathtaking in what it unearths. Foremost is Winters' startlingly insight"

"Winters' startlingly insight"

First I have ever seen a noun modified by an adverb.

"With careful archival and historical research, moreover,"

Von, dude, admit. You have NOT read this book, nor even seen it.

How about a bit of backing up this breathlessness with quotes?

"Many books of punditry and opinion purport to explain the origins of contemporary American politics, in God's Right Hand Winter's does the scholar's task of tracing real history. Highly recommended... "

How about replacing that comma with a semi-colon, if you must run on so breathlessly, dropping the vestigial possessive apostrophe from the writer's last name, and ADMIT THE FACT THERE IS NO "scholar's task of tracing real history" in this over extended puff piece.

Your following your final recommendation with tripled dots indicates you have doubt . . .

This is clearly a shill review from someone who has never seen the book at all, at all.

For your first and all review on Amazon, this is highly:

NOT recommended!

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 6:04:34 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2012 5:44:48 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 31, 2012 5:44:59 PM PST
C. Scanlon says:
just like the phoney four star review here.

this is the best that McWinters can do?

goes to show . . .

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2012 9:26:50 PM PST
Speaking of surrogates and proxies, you should check out the comments by "SnoopDopeyDogg" to my articles on Smirking Chimp. Such a high-minded fellow!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 17, 2012 2:47:08 PM PST
Max Reader says:
Spot on!! I've never been too keen on accepting a review whose writer would have failed a 7th grade grammar class.

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 2:22:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 27, 2012 2:37:19 PM PDT
ganddw42 says:
Reagan may not have invited them into the Republican Party per se! But, it was shortly after the Religious Right arrived in their party in the early 80's, they started setting the agenda for the Republican party. Some of us Republican's were so offended by this new style poltical party that was trying to meld religion into politic's and hung up on sexual issues, we just left and started voting for the Democratic side in protest and have been ever since. We well remember what happened.

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2012 2:41:55 PM PDT
C. Scanlon says:
shamelessly Mike pays a pal to "review" this shameless puff piece over at "his" weekly:

http://ncronline.org/node/29922
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