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The Great Progression: How Hispanics Will Lead America to a New Era of Prosperity Hardcover – September 1, 2009

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Geraldo Rivera is an award-winning journalist and the host of Geraldo at Large on the FOX News Channel. He has been an investigative reporter for Good Morning America, ABC News 20/20, and Dateline NBC, and the host of The Geraldo Rivera Show. Prior to joining FOX News, Rivera hosted CNBC's Rivera Live. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Celebra; First Edition, 1st Printing edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451228812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451228819
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,335,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David M. Dougherty VINE VOICE on August 17, 2009
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Although Amazon does not like comments on the author himself, in this case it is impossible to separate the author from the content since so much of the content is about himself. Author Rivera repeatedly talks about himself and his personal life, even listing his children and giving brief bios on them.

The book starts out with name-dropping (Jennifer Lopez is the first to be quoted) and continues throughout the book. He definitely takes a journalistic, even tabloid view of his subject which also meanders throughout. There are NO footnotes or end notes, and NO references except vague quotes in the narrative that are difficult (if not impossible) to verify.

Supposedly this book is about how Hispanics will lead America into a new era of prosperity. Wow! Really? Sounds interesting. Fifteen percent of the population will become the leadership that will teach all those nasty nativist Americans of European extraction how to run a republic. Please tell me where Hispanics have successfully run a republic better than Americans of European extraction have done here in the US. No doubt there is a market for jingoistic tripe like this, but hardly among Americans of European extraction.

The work clearly exhibits much muddle-headed thinking, although it is useful to know what some segments of our society might believe. The biggest drum the author beats is over illegal aliens or undocumented workers depending on the reader's point of view. Rivera believes they should be given immediate and unqualified amnesty, and although he doesn't explicitly state this opinion, he apparently believes we should have an open border to allow as many Hispanics to come in as wish to enter. But what does this have to do with Hispanics leading the US into a new era?
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I enjoyed reading some of the passages in this book pertaining to the contributions of the hispanic community to America's culture and economy. The information provided, however, was incomplete and frequently missed the point.

First of all, Geraldo regards Latinos in the US as the big monolith that they certainly are not. He believes that the biggest obstacles in the face of this monolithic community are what he calls "the education siesta" (true in some Latino communities but not all) and immigration (also relevant to one community (i.e. Mexican) but not all.) Lumping the distinct Latino communities in America into one will not go well with most Latino readers, I suspect.

Also, I didn't quite understand the parallels her tried to draw between the flow of Jewish, Italian and Irish "legal" immigrants at the turn of the century and the flood of "illegal" immigrants today. He failed to mention the role geography has played in both situations. The main reason the illegal immigration today is far more serious than ones past is that it is constant and unrelenting due to the land continuity between the US and Mexico. This very important difference and its impact on the overall culture, quality of life and public services in this country was never even mentioned in the book.

There was also very little mention of suspect groups like La Raza and others that are viewed by the vast majority of Americans as separatist and their impact on the Latino communities and the country as a whole.

My biggest beef with this book is that it didn't really deliver on its promise. Geraldo didn't really explain "how" Hispanics will lead America to a new era of prosperity. He didn't paint a prosperous future where the Hispanics where the leading force.
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Geraldo Rivera has never been known for his accuracy as a "journalist," and has always been something of a showman, with lots of razzle-dazzle and little genuine fact, or import.

This book rates overall about what I had expected. That's right, the person most people know as Geraldo Rivera is the son of a Jewish mother and Hispanic father. The scuttle but on the Good Morning America show, where he first emerged as a "hot talking head" some 35 years ago was that he traded up on his half-Hispanic heritage given the demand for "minority" reporters, and absolutely went ballistic every time anyone called him by his given name---Jerry Rivers.

And much like all his "hot talking head" reporting over the years, such as the spectacular tale of a sunken Spanish treasure whose booty he "first revealed" on air, this book is a lot of snap, crackle and fizz.

Other reviewers have already commented on many of the other disappointments here, including Rivera's failure to mention the appalling racism of groups like La Raza and the murders of many New Yorkers by Puerto Rican nationalist terrorists (freed by Bill Clinton in the waning days of his presidency, at the behest of his soon-to-be New York senator wife), not to mention other heinous crimes. They've also noted the sad statistics concerning Hispanic life in America, and the alarming rate at which illegal aliens cross the southern U.S. border --- to the detriment of all Americans, most especially Hispanics who are legal American citizens and attempting to rid their neighborhoods of crime and improve their economic lot.

Overall, I'd have to agree. This book is a quick try at a fast buck, a typical slick, and somewhat sleazy Rivera play. Skip it.

---Alyssa A. Lappen
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