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- Print Length: 358 pages
- Publication Date: March 30, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004UN5A5I
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The Bookworm Turns: A Secret Conservative in Liberal Land Kindle Edition
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She is especially pointed when dealing with race relations and how the Progressive movement has destroyed the middle class, especially the black middle class. All politically hot subjects ranging from the military, militant Islamists, education, treatment of women, abortion, etc. receive an intellectual and reasoned illumination, challenging the reader- even one that might already consider themselves to be reasonable- to reconsider their own ideas about the world in which we live. Her treatise at the end, describing the Progressive utopia of San Fransisco, is stomach-turning in its detail, and almost unbelievable in account. She takes issue with anyone that might say, "But that could never happen here!" and forces them to gaze upon what has happened here and by extension, what will.
If you are a Conservative, add this to your must-have library and then read her column. If you are a Progressive, do the same. It's quite possible that neither side has ever considered politics the way this book presents it.
"Bookworm" is the pseudonym of a baby-boomer former Democrat--since reformed and wiser--now a conservative bwana living among the liberal crocodiles near San Francisco. Even after awakening from her long liberal sleep, she was, at first, forced--for her young children if not herself--to tiptoe the riverbanks of her Bush-hating, small-brained but razor-toothed neighborhood, choosing to unthreateningly nod and smile at her friends' leftist chompings.
But when she could no longer stand the self-righteous enamel-clatter, and her kids were old enough to understand standing up for principles, she started her eponymous blog and soon became the hero to truth-hunters. This book is a powerful, elegant, and deeply satisfying compilation of her best blog posts. These aren't antigovernment, cynical rants, but thoughtful, spot-on observations of what's wrong with the world and, more importantly, what we can still do about it. She takes on the usual suspects--teacher unions, welfare, abortion, drugs, sexual permissiveness--rationally, entertainingly, and persuasively. But she also pushes her canoe into dangerous waters. Her Anne Frank riff, for instance, though perilous (Bookworm herself being Jewish), is breathtakingly honest and bitingly accurate.
I read The Bookworm Turns at bedtime, one chapter each night. Its morsel-size essays are the perfect late-night snack.
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