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Hoodwinked: How Intellectual Hucksters Have Hijacked American Culture Paperback – July 20, 2009
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I am a conservative with libertarian leanings, and I enjoyed the book. Liberals may not be so enthusiastic. I had known about most of these subjects beforehand, but Cashill provides a good summary of the lesser known sins of the left's saints.
First, my criticisms of the book are as follows. I felt the author could have improved his prose greatly by including his source material more readily in the text. While well documented in the back, the book reads too much like an essay, and less like the researched prose it is intended to be. Second, there were several examples in the book that were stretches at best. He would have been better off taking a half dozen of his points and expounding in more detail than filling in with examples not as relevant or as strong.
That said, the book is quite strong. Jack spends the first few chapters delving into the origins of "progressive" thought. There are several stories of well documented frauds that were trotted out to serve political interests. Of the most alarming is the work of one Walter Duranty who falsified the horrors of Stalin and legitimized the Soviet Union in the West. (Page 32). This gave rise to many of the liberals that still sympathize with Castro today for example, for much of the same reasons. Of course these lies come out in time, yet surprisingly as the book depicts, they are ignored by the cultural elite who continue to trot out time and time again philosophical "truths" long since exposed as frauds.Read more ›
That's Jack Cashill's synopsis of Jack Cashill's good book, which was written too quickly and published too soon, perhaps to cash in on last year's controversy du jour, Ward Churchill. Churchill was merely a recent and transitory example of fraudulent progressive posturing, part of a project that goes back at least to Sacco & Vanzetti, Darwin & Marx.
Mr. Cashill carefully notes that his object is not to debunk Darwin, but he demonstrates that Darwin's useful research was warped and twisted by useful idiots whose project is the apparent ejection of God from God's green, evolving earth. Marx, Godless from the ground up, didn't require the luxury of being misunderstood. Marx's contribution to the progressive project was clear & costly: Chang & Halliday, in their recent biography of Mao, show that establishing Marx's utopian kingdom was almost infinitely bloodier than Montesquieu's estimated body count from the earthly kingdom of Christ.
About other things, Cashill is careless. Lillian Hellman is born in 1905, then she's born in 1904. A victim of the Black Panthers is correctly identified as Betty Van Patter; then, two or three times, as Betty Van Tapper; then back to Van Patter in the index. Leonard Peltier is called "Chippewa Sioux," a surprising amalgamation of tribes that hated each other.Read more ›
Cashill notes that American culture is a fabric woven of an assortment of myths, sex, crime, politics, science, and history. For decades, supporters of the belief that capitalist America exists only to serve the blessed few over the downtrodden many have distorted this culture into a witches' brew that now serves as the basic core values of the leftist Democratic party. Cashill classifies these hucksters and highjackers of traditional American values into three broad categories. First, he lumps your basic criminal types who initially had no political agenda. Sacco & Vanzetti, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Alger Hiss, and OJ were all convicted (well, except maybe OJ), of serious crimes but the elite and effete socialist America-haters were quick to pick up their cause and interweave it into their own. Second were the self-aggrandizing hucksters who knew quite well what they were doing.Read more ›
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excellent, delighted, most informative book, a must for anyone who wants to know what's been ongoing right in front of us.Published 9 months ago by Paul Z.
In this fascinating book, writer and director (including films for PBS) Jack Cashill casts a piercing light on the American intellectual elite. Read morePublished 10 months ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
Find out how almost everything you take for granted is false. The scope of this book is incredible. The writing is concise and clear. Read morePublished 19 months ago by V. S. Ragland
Much history about the Left's attacks on truth. Sometimes tedious reading, but a lot of information on not-so-well-known incidents and some interesting details about some well... Read morePublished 21 months ago by WaltV
Few books do such an interesting and entertaining job of demonstrating just how indifferent to the truth the left is and has been for the better part of a century. Read morePublished on July 23, 2012 by Ken Eliasberg
When I was a freshman in college in the late 60s, Noam Chomsky was a hero to me. His transformational grammar gave me an excuse to end sentences with a preposition, which I... Read morePublished on December 29, 2011 by Kansas Tango
This book is very unusual. Why? Because the author dares to confront many of the liberal myths that have been handed down as fact throughout many of the nation's universities and... Read morePublished on April 25, 2010 by Dr. Jones
I was spending the night in a family member's home, and came across this "book."
I quickly concluded that this was a vanity press publication as the quality of the... Read more