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Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America's Most Notorious Lobbyist Hardcover – November 7, 2011
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Don't get me wrong. This book is interesting and telling at times (such as the way he portrays Ralph Reed, experiences with members of Congress, battles like the one he had with movie producers who set up shop outside his restaurant, etc.), and I don't regret reading it. But this is not a five-star book, and I really don't understand the unconditional raves for this book or the fact all reviews before mine were five star. A couple of them don't even sound like they read they same book I read. But read the book and judge for yourself. I noticed that this is the first review ever posted by several five-star reviewers, and it is the second or third review for all the other five-star reviewers.Read more ›
I don't understand reviewers who bill his book as a cure for what ails politics. Jack Abramoff and people like him are what's wrong with politics. He can blame it on the system all he wants and act like his working within this system or his working the system were simply a reflection on the political system and not on himself, but he would be wrong. The bottom line is that the majority of people serve and work in the political system without being corrupt like Jack Abramoff was or without corrupting others as he says he did.
I also don't know where people are getting that his book is one of great repentance or contrition. I didn't get much of that at all. Instead I got that he would prefer to blame the system rather than truly examine himself and accept blame for his consuming greed. I'm not saying there aren't reforms that need to take place in politics. Of course there are. I'm just saying that even with reforms, corrupt people like Jack Abramoff would still exist. They exist in all fields of work. There are bad apples in every profession.
Abramoff wants people to think that his book is an indictment of the political system, but really it is an indictment of himself. Some of these reviews that fawn over him and talk about how he has the cure for what ails politics are giving him too much credit.Read more ›
This book seems to try and redeem him. He acknowledges that he did wrong and that he should pay for his offenses. However, he glosses over some of the more egregious topics covered (Suncruz), readily points the fingers at others, portrays himself as more religious than the Pope, and, perhaps most perplexing, expects the reader to suspend common sense. When the author spends so much time and energy providing details about benign / useless events and conversations and then skips through seemingly big parts of the story, the suspicion I think rightly points to the fact that there's a lot more there than meets the eye.
This book, I think, is just a means for the author to make money. I can't help but think of Kevin Trudeau. I feel sleezy having contributed to this guy's pocket (and this, from someone who politically sees the world the same way). If I can dissuade someone from buying this book to save yourself the same feeling - all the better. I've never written a review before, but having read this book, feel pretty passionately that anyone contemplating should satisfy themselves with some decent fiction.
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Mr. Abramoff is a skillful writer. And he has the inner strength to open his soul to those who would scoff at his revelations - because of so much misinformation. Read morePublished 11 months ago by E West
Disheartening to think that events akin to those mentioned in this book really happen in our Government, but I'm afraid it's probably true. Eye opening, to say the least.Published 13 months ago by Angela Gardner
In this incredibly self serving tale, the author must have set some sort of endurance record for patting himself on the back. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mel Peel
Good book but a little to much of a pat on the back - doesn't take a lot of the blame for his sins.Published 15 months ago by Everglades Bear
I really enjoyed this book. It's a very interesting story of American politics and how things get done in government.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
THIS BOOK REVEALS A GIANT FLAW IN THE POLITICAL SYSTEM OF OUR COUNTRY. WE MAY VOTE OUR POLS IN BUT WHO MOTIVATES AND CONTROLS THEM? ABRANOFF SHEDS LIGHT ON THE SUBJECT.A MUST READ!Published 16 months ago by TONY P