- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday (June 3, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 038551350X
- ISBN-13: 978-0385513500
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 43 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #658,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Makers and Takers: Why conservatives work harder, feel happier, have closer families, take fewer drugs, give more generously, value honesty more, are less materialistic and Hardcover – June 3, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Schweizer (Do as I Say [Not as I Do]) expands his critique of modern American liberals to contend that liberalism not only leads to social decay, but can also lead to personal decay. Drawing upon polls and psychological studies, the author argues that conservatives work harder, feel happier, have closer families, take fewer drugs, give more generously, value honesty more, are less materialistic and envious, whine less... and even hug their children more than liberals. Schweizer is noticeably silent on current affairs; instead, he focuses on the culture wars of the 1990s, demonstrating how Clinton lied... and did so in a fine fashion, that Al Gore has also told lies and that the Clinton administration was notable for its tolerant attitude toward drugs. Schweizer refrains from making substantive commentary on the upcoming election; he spends more time attacking Garrison Keillor, for whom he reserves a special distaste. The readable prose and vigorous defense of Republican voters ensure that this book—despite its dated material and lack of analysis of the current campaign—will rally and rouse conservatives. (June 3)
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About the Author
Peter Schweizer is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and is the author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestseller Do as I Say (Not as I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy. He lives in Florida with his wife and sons.
Top customer reviews
I found it well written and correctly substantiated. Well worth the read.
Probably the best way to review this book at this point is to simply list the chapter titles and it will be obvious what the book is about.
The first chapter is: “The Mighty me: Or Why Liberals Are more Self-Centered Than Conservatives.
The second chapter is: “Think Globally, Sit on Your Butt Locally: Or, Why Conservatives Are Actually More Generous Than Liberals.”
Chapter three is titled: “Liberal$ and Money: Or Why Liberals Are More Envious and Less Hardworking Than Conservatives.”
The next chapter is: “The Whole Truth and Nothing But: Or, Why Conservatives Value Honesty More Than Liberals.”
Chapter Five is: “Anger Management: How Modern Liberalism Promotes Anger.”
Next: “Mind Wars: Why Conservatives Actually Know More Than Liberals.”
The Seventh and final chapter is: “Whine Country, Or Why Liberals Complain More.”
The book's conclusion is titled: “Why Did I Write This Book?”
…it is also my hope that by exposing the true nature of the link between ideas and behavior, the book may serve to put the era of ad hominem politics behind us…But I’m not holding my breath.”
This is an excellent and well-documented book, but read “Clinton Cash” in order to connect the dots and see a very provable story.
The General Social Survey is repeatedly referenced by Schweizer. It is a comprehensive survey which asks thousands of Americans their attitudes on a host of issues. It turns out that most of the caricature of conservatives is in error, and many attitudes considered conservative are held more often by self proclaimed liberals, such as selfishness and anti-Semitism.
Peter Schweizer is another rising star at the Hoover Institute of Stanford University.
People who are relatively happy with their life and their decisions are less likely to be interested in wanting to control/exert influence on others.