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  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (March 7, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0029046564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0029046562
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,605,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Bono on October 9, 2010
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I just changed the rating of this book from one star to five. The reason is that I was wrongly reacting to the original book, which this book recants completely. I disagreed with his first book entirely and completely. It indeed deserves only the lowest one star rating. But not THIS book. I agree with the author's "mea culpa". It took courage. So here's my unchanged review with my changed rating:

This is a rare case where a book has been totally and completely recanted by its author...self describing it as "character assassination". Any potential reader should be fully aware of this. Mr. Brock has clearly and publicly apologized to Ms. Hill. This new book lays bare his confession. This is quite extraordinary.

The reason for reading his second attempt at all, is to study, as a specimen of the genre, the extraordinary confluence of politics, self interest, and pure ambition, in our mangled public discourse. Our politics have gone awry when such writing can so glibly become part of the public discussion. This is how bogus "facts" are created out of thin air. While Mr. Brock merits only condemnation for his cynical abuse of free speech in his first book, he also deserves respect for recanting it in his second. I do respect him for this reason.

There had been a legitimate debate about Hill's accusations...but now, similar Thomas behaviors have been corroborated by five women. It's increasingly fair to say that something did happen...whether it should have risen to the level of personal scandal...in the context of a public confirmation hearing, the way it did...is an open question. But the original book was never about this. It was about one very scurrilous and admittedly unethical, ad hominem, after-the-fact, reaction to it.
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In his new book, Blinded by the Right, here's in part what Brock says about his writing of this book:
".... Tainted by bias, and already committed to a flawed interpretation of events in print, I got no closer to the truth in the book.... I failed to weigh my findings against the fact that all of my sources were pro-Thomas partisans..... I had no access to Hill's supporters, and therefore no understanding of their motivations, no responses to any of my charges, and no knowledge of whatever incriminating evidence they might have gathered against Thomas that was not introduced in the hearing..... As for the traits ascribed to Hill that might have motivated her to lie -- ambitious, willful, and even vengeful -- they were all culled by me from the Thomas camp. Everyone I spoke to HATED that woman."
It is truly sad, and frightening, that not only was the book published, and believed, but that, as far as I'm aware, none of the conservatives who continued to rip Anita Hill to shreds based on the falsehoods contained in this book have come forth to apologize to her. Partisanship seems almost always to trump truth and plain human decency.
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Back in the 1990s David Brock was an investigative journalist who earned his credentials - and hefty salary - as a right wing attack dog through highly questionable reporting.

In March 1992 Brock penned a critical story on Anita Hill for The American Spectator, which was the springboard for the book that was published 13 months later. Hill had testified under oath during the latter stages of the 1991 Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court-nominee Clarence Thomas that Thomas - as her supervisor at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - made harassing sexual statements directly to her. Hill's allegations initially became public when information from an FBI interview about the allegations was leaked to the media.

The book became a best-seller and propelled Brock's career, but the stardom did not last. Several years later Brock disassociated himself from his right wing benefactors and disavowed his writing of the book, while publicly issuing an apology to Hill.

That the book is still in print is not a surprise; it was a cause celebre that virtually ushered in the era of shoddy, hateful reporting of "liberal" politicians. But that it is published as if the author stands by his work is a highly despicable act.
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As the other one star reviewers have said, this is nothing more than a Thomas whitewash. Now after 25 years of Thomas on the Court, we see just how horrible this book and the Republicans who put him on the Court really are. Thomas is without doubt, next to the late and unlamented Scalia, the absolute worst the SC has ever seen. He is a self-loathing and hateful individual who took every advantage for himself but would deny it to others. Any writing that does not accutately portray him as such is to be ignored. Hill was right.
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It was difficult to take this book seriously to begin with. There were gaping holes in logic a fourth grader could have picked out; sources for important information were either vague or nonexistent; and on the whole, the scenario painted by Mr. Brock -- that Ms. Hill was an opportunistic, even somewhat unbalanced participant in a vast left-wing conspiracy -- was far less believable than the commonsensical notion that Clarence Thomas actually did what she said he did.
Now, Mr. Brock, a former darling of the extreme right, has recanted and admitted that the entire book was little more than a smear job, in which even the most absurd and unsubstantiated "evidence" was included so long as it fit the right-wing's own image of Ms. Hill. In fact, according to Mr. Brock, at least one of the claims reported in his book as absolute fact came from Thomas himself, via an intermediary, with positively no corroborating evidence whatsoever. He also admits to deliberately burying evidence (provided in a Wall Street Journal article and another book, "Strange Justice," that Brock savaged as a "left-wing hit job") buttressing Ms. Hill's claims that Thomas was addicted to pornographic films.
Of course, Brock still should not be absolved. His crimes against truth and honest journalism are so extensive (remember, this is the man largely responsible for breaking the Troopergate "scandal") that it will be years before his reputation can be considered rehabilitated. Still, Brock's recantation of this book provides further corroboration of what most objective observers have long since realized -- that Anita Hill was telling the truth and Clarence Thomas was lying.
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