- Paperback: 273 pages
- Publisher: Sterling & Ross Publishers (November 18, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0981453503
- ISBN-13: 978-0981453507
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 7.6 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
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One Nation Under Fear: Scaredy Cats and Fear-Mongers in the Home of the Brave (And What You Can Do About It) Paperback – November 18, 2008
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Cliff Schecter, Author of The Real McCain: Why Conservatives Don't Trust Him and Why Independents Shouldn't
"The great irony of this book is that Bob's writing is totally fearless. That's what I love about it. Are you allowed to write a fearless book about country living under fear? Whether he is allowed or not, Bob has done it."
Cenk Uygur, "The Young Turks"
"Fearless and funny, Bob Cesca captures the smart brawling style of today's blogosphere, while putting the press and Republicans on notice."
Eric Boehlert, Media Matters
"As a liberal blogger of profound depth, righteous outrage and sly humor, Cesca's like a combination of Molly Ivins, H.L. Mencken and Wavy Gravy. I'm not sure what that means but it looks nice in a sentence."
Steven Weber, Actor/Hockey Mom
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Bob Cesca loves politics and delivers his liberal message efficiently and incisively using a variety of media. At Cesca's web site there's well-informed commentary by Cesca and his savvy regulars in addition to a stream of newsbytes, film clips, and music videos.
Cesca's new book "One Nation Under Fear" is the first blog-style book I've encountered. Most of its extensive and well-researched references are electronic. Surprisingly, Cesca was able to maintain his online writing style in print, and his book is as much fun as his HuffPo columns.
Cesca writes like a street-fighter, with an uncanny ability to take whatever's at hand (be it a word, a quote, or a news item) and fashion it into a homemade weapon. His hip, colorful vocabulary usually hits its mark. As a bonus, "One Nation Under Fear" includes a tutorial on the art of name-calling.
Like many of us, Cesca is fed up with politicians using fear to control our nation. His book offers a detailed revelation of the Bush administration's use of terror tactics to consolidate its power. There are alarming descriptions of Orwellian doublespeak and groupthink among the ex-president and his cronies.
Fortunately, these details are punctuated with ribaldry and amusing personal anecdotes. The funniest is Cesca's run-in with G. Gordon Liddy (of Watergate fame). This hilarious formative collision seems to have set Cesca firmly on his career path of snarkery.
Cesca deserves kudos for ending his book with a discussion of global climate change. This, not the current economic crisis, is our biggest challenge. We're lucky to have political street-fighters like Bob Cesca. Our political bloggers are the new generation of the Fourth Estate, the people who hold the true balance of power in this country.
Those familiar with Bob Cesca's writings both on his own blog ([...]) and on the Huffington Post, will be delighted to discover that Bob does not turn into a "stuffy academic" when setting his pen to the longer form. Those not familiar with Mr. Cesca's writings are in for a treat. (And fair warning - tolerance of "colorful language is a must... but it's worth it!) Forceful, assertive, and honest, I've become a fan of Bob Cesca, largely because of how completely forthright, and upright he is. It isn't just that he expresses his opinions with emotional honesty - its that in his expression, both by word and by tone, he demonstrates a thorough and absolute rejection of the politics of hate, division, and fear.
I'm sure that Mr. Bob Cesca and I disagree on a number of points, not limited to his colorful language. But in the reclamation of our national character, defense of our liberties, and refusal to let fear cause us to sell our heritage away, Mr. Cesca will find common cause with patriots everywhere.
This just sounded like whining and accusing, there wasn't much factual basis, from what I've read. To be fair I read the 1st half of chapter one loathed it, skipped to several different chapters and all read the same.I would use this as fire kindling, but I'm really opposed to the idea of a book being burned.
I think a clinical history would be difficult to swallow. What Bob presents is a snarky examination, but yet not lacking at all in credible accounting. Rather than a history lecture from a stuffy old professor, this is like one lead by a friend, a compatriot who shares your outrage and frustration at the use of fear mongering, it's successfulness, and for what passes for being an American these days.
Laugh, cry and shake your fists along with Bob at the engineers of the dark ride. Great read!