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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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"Bob Cesca is easily one of the most incisive political writers on the scene today. Nobody else can make me think, laugh and cry–all at once–by simply giving his take on the corrupt political establishment that runs things in Washington."
— 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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Product Details

  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,655,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We may not always agree with one another politically, but the central thesis of this book, that our politics are tainted with the stench of fear drummed up for political purpose, is one which will light the revolutionary spark that is the birthright of every American - and it comes not a moment too soon. As our nation gears up for "Change" and "Hope" under the administration of our history-making 44th President, we must stand guard against the impulse in ourselves, and others, to cheat America of its best days because we are cowering in fear.

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.
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Though disappointed that the book was not released before the election, when it would have been so timely, Cesca's book cuts to the heart of the tragic misuse of the war on terrorism to justify the administrations suspension of Constitutional rights and its uncanny ability to make us accept it without question. The author's passionate and extremely well-documented presentation of his case against these abuses is gripping. I felt like we were sitting face to face in a personal conversation. Cesca's hard-hitting style is tempered by his subtle wit, and his command of prose makes me anxious to dive into his next political book.
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I hate politics, which consists largely of people behaving badly. This is why I love Bob Cesca, the Huffington Post columnist also known for his own political blog. Cesca, unlike many bloggers, knows how to convey his message in more ways than simply screaming it.

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.
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The tragic events that unfolded on the morning of September 11th, 2001 struck fear, sadness and anger into the hearts of American citizens at home and abroad. In the face of worldwide support and unprecedented approval ratings, Geroge W. Bush and company did their level best to manipulate that fear, sadness and anger for their own political and financial gain.

In "One Nation Under Fear," author Bob Cesca dissects the fear-mongering tactics used by the Bush administration and the right wing media with all the wit and humor he displays on his own blog ([...]) as well as his featured writing on The Huffington Post ([...] The writing style he uses on his blog is expanded to essay form as he tackles issues from the well worn myth that we haven't been attacked since 9/11 to the questionable methods of pundits and politicians attempting to derail a message of Change and Hope from the one John McCain called, "That one."

Be prepared to wrap your house in plastic and duct tape so you can remain uninterrupted as you laugh out loud at the wisecracks and scream out loud at the outrageousness of what this country has endured under the sophomoric leadership of the incurious George W. Bush and his criminal enterprise.

A must read!
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