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How to Win a Fight with a Conservative Paperback – June 1, 2007

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"You should pick up this book before your next dinner party."
--Gayle King, editor-at-large of O, The Oprah Magazine and host of "The Gayle King Show" on Oprah and Friends

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"No one knows political satire like Daniel Kurtzman."
--Andy Borowitz, creator of The Borowitz Report and author of The Republican Playbook
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 177 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Hysteria (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402208804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402208805
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,325,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Roger D. Launius VINE VOICE on January 20, 2008
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A friend gave me this book for Christmas this year because she knew how much I enjoyed ranting about politics. While it is not truly a self-help book, and I doubt anyone will win a fight with a conservative by following its directions, it is an enjoyable little diversion that made me laugh. Daniel Kurtzman is a good satirist and his jabs are hilarious. For instance, he divides the conservative movement into several cleverly named segments:
(1) Rapturfarians--Christian fundamentalists.
(2) Enron-omists--über capitalists.
(3) Big Brethren--militant authoritarians.
(4) Gunfederates--people with confederate flags and gun racks in their pickup trucks.
(5) Spongebob-ophobes--militant anti-gay activists.
(6) Crusadomasochists--imperialistic neoconservatives.
Clever names to be sure, but the descriptions are just as humorous. The rest of the book is just as much fun. I should mention that Daniel Kurtzman is an equal opportunity satirist; he also published in 2007 another guide, "How to Win a Fight with a Liberal," that takes aim at those on the left. It is just as humorous.
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I came across this book (and its partner) by accident and bought them as a gift for someone who spends most evenings yelling at Fox News. Since his yelling doesn't seem to make any difference to the TV, I thought maybe if he had some practical advice for handling a political debate things might improve...

These books (Of course I bought both. How can you not?) are so clever and funny that I ended up reading them both myself before turning them over to the gift recipient. They are chock-full of "funny-because-it's-true" moments, great quotes, and my personal favorite, a schedule for a typical day in the life of liberals and conservatives. Hysterical.

Oh yeah, and the gift recipient loved them, too.
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Who doesn't want to learn how to win an argument? This book gives a lighthearted but effective means on how to do so. It helps to identify which method is most productive with particular kinds of conservatives as well as helping you to determine what kind of liberal you are, which can be very helpful when trying to discern how to approach a situation. It's a fun and easy read, but also very effective if you're wanting to score a few points for the Blue Team!
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This is a really funny, enjoyable book. It has lots of great quizzes, lists, and do's and don'ts that make it easy to jump into at any point. And I loved all the quotes from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Great stuff!
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I was disappointed with the content. It's funny, and cruelly accurate, but I was looking for a more serious approach to engaging conservatives without actually making fun of them. Not that they don't deserve being made fun of, but I was looking for ammunition to use in discussions with many of my friends and family who somehow had their brains infected with conservatism. I don't wish to alienate them. I was hoping to have ready replies to their arguments without having to spend all day hunting down refutations.
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Just finished this hilarious book. I laughed on every page. Lots of great stuff from liberal comedy luminaries like Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, Dave Barry and others, too; but Mr. Kurtzman delivers plenty of really funny lines himself. While approaching political argument from the liberal perspective (in this book), you'll find lots of good advice about arguing generally, also, like how to spot logical fallacies and the importance of avoiding Hitler analogies.

Arguing politics is difficult, potentially embarrassing and ultimately fruitless--after all, how many arguments have you had where you actually changed your opponent's mind? But it can at least be fun and memorable--and this book can help you become good enough at it to actually look forward to your next dinner-table throw-down. A wonderful how-to guide for sharpening your rhetorical knife-fighting skills. Great read!
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Excellent fact-based book. It will assist the reader in how to converse with a conservative, if you can find one who is not swept up in the Fox News Time Warp of misinformation. Having accurate facts (with the appropriate references) provides self-confidence when discussing politics.
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Absolutely loved it,could not put down read.Not just helpful but also hilarious,makes you laugh at yourself.Will buy How To Win A Fight With A liberal And Win because this was so entertaining ,just to see if Fight A Liberal is as informative and funny.
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