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Attention Deficit Democracy Hardcover – January 10, 2006

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That mendacity has long been a bedrock of government makes Bovard (Lost Rights; The Bush Betrayal) mad as hell, and he takes administrations from Johnson's to Bush II's to task for distorting, concealing and fabricating facts and condemning voices of dissent as unpatriotic and damaging to democracy. Bovard places past and current administrations' justifications for military actions (Johnson in Vietnam, Reagan in Iran, Bush I in Kuwait, Clinton in the Balkans and Bush II in Iraq) alongside the facts of each case, an approach that benefits greatly from hindsight and serves to insulate his argument from partisan criticism. Clearly, it's government, not the liberals or conservatives who man the helm for any period of time. Government, though, can only be as crooked as the public and media allow it to be, Bovard argues, decrying voters who vote for a candidate because he "wears a cowboy hat" and the media for not being vigilant enough in calling out wayward politicians. Bovard describes problems in painstaking detail, but he is less adept at offering solutions, blandly encouraging Americans to cultivate "a higher grade of patriotism." Readers up-to-date on the headlines will learn little, but those looking for a rousing refresher on the merits of skepticism will find it here in spades.
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"A lively attack on politicians, voters and government. Bovard's indictment of an ineffective but ever-expanding federal government would make any libertarian proud." --The New York Post

"A comprehensive attack on the administration from a less-often-heard place on the political spectrum." --Publishers Weekly

"Bovard explains how supposedly free citizens have bought into the lies and frauds offered by the political class.... Bovard offers wise counsel and sage advice."
--The Orange County Register
"Bovard makes his most salient points about the hazards facing a depoliticized public."--The Washington Times

"We ignore Jim Bovard's work at the risk of being repeatedly...'betrayed' by the siren songs of presidential candidates of both parties."
--Former congressman Bob Barr, American Conservative
"Attention Deficit Democracy not only diagnoses our national malady, it provides a remedy as well. If you care about the loss of our liberty, have people read this book. Once Bovard gets their blood boiling, they start paying attention!" --Charles Goyette, Air America
"Spectacular... Attention Deficit Democracy displays Bovard's emergence as a formidable prose stylist. Relentlessly incisive and epigrammatic, Bovard at his best reminds me of Nock and Mencken. And in the course of nearly 300 pages, he very rarely - if ever - descends from that exalted level.”              
--Will Grigg, Editor in Chief, New American
“Readers looking for a rousing refresher on the merits of skepticism will find it here in spades.” -- Publishers Weekly
“Bovard is an iconoclast's iconoclast. While much of the western world  unquestioningly accepts democracy's pretenses... Bovard not only questions those pretenses, he proves them false.... Bovard yanks the curtain off the voting booth.” -- Becky Akers,  Counterpunch
“Bovard is a partisan of neither major party, only of liberty.... The American people must start paying attention, and thus start being more outraged. Reading Attention Deficit Democracy is a perfect place start." -- Anthony Gregory, Freedom Daily
“Our modern-day Thomas Paine has done it again.  In Attention Deficit Democracy Bovard bombards us with the same high level of unfettered ‘Common Sense’ perspective on freedom that we've come to expect from him."
-- Joe Fondren, WRJM, Alabama radio
“Playing fast and loose.... Bombthrower....  A grating tone....  Overheated....  Trafficking in shopworn dissident rhetoric...  Character assassinations... Such smearing is all in a day's work for Mr. Bovard...”  -- Washington Times
“It is fantastic. I could not stop thinking about it. It is the unheard truth behind what is happening in the United States.” -- Liz Skrobiszewski, WRIR Richmond, Virginia.

“This is an amazing book... A fantastic job... Bovard is  one of the best writers for freedom in the world today.” -- Gardner Goldsmith, WNTK New Hampshire 
“It is a great book. People should not read this book unless they are willing to have their arms twisted  to think for themselves.” -- Ron Smith, WBAL, Baltimore
"Attention Deficit Democracy is Bovard's best book. You can open it up anywhere, start reading, and every paragraph will smack you upside the head."
--Brian Wilson, WSPD Toledo
It ‘s a wonderful book. It is really thought provoking. Anyone who wants to think out there is in for a treat with this book." -- Bill Borst, WGNU Radio St. Louis
"Bovard is one of my favorite authors... Attention Deficit Democracy is kind of a painful read." -- Jan Mickleson, WHO Iowa radio
Bovard... is one of very few journalists who are both pro-freedom and willing to dig... The dry wit is vintage Bovard, and is plentiful throughout Attention Deficit Democracy. Such Menckenesque touches are much appreciated... "   Sunni Maravilossa, Internet maven
“Attention Deficit Democracy is a wake-up call to the American people. As Bovard reveals one ridiculous lie after another, you won't know whether to laugh or cry.”     Laissez Faire Books
“James Bovard has hit another one out of the park... Americans may suffer from an attention deficit when it comes to their government, but your attention will be riveted on this book. By the time I reached the final page, my copy bristled with Post-It notes marking Jim's brilliant observations, startling facts, and wickedly witty statements.” Claire Wolfe, author

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