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The Savage Nation: Saving America from the Liberal Assault on Our Borders, Language, and Culture Paperback – February 24, 2004
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Michael Savage is the host of The Savage Nation, a radio program that airs on over 300 stations nationwide. A self-described victim of "truth-in-mouth syndrome," he claims to be "the only man in the country saying it the way it really is." His stated purpose for writing the book is to save a "homosexualized, feminized America" from a liberal assault that is "unraveling the very fabric of this great nation." Declaring that "a minority of feminist zealots rule the culture," he blames Democrats and liberals for everything from a general decline in morals in the United States to bringing the Taliban to power in Afghanistan. Although one chapter is entitled "Crimes of the Democrats" (with special attention paid to Al Gore), Savage is no Republican stooge--this "bipartisan basher" reserves plenty of venom for the GOP as well, particularly regarding immigration, one of his favorite subjects. Savage calls for a severe tightening of U.S. borders and vigilant racial profiling in order to combat terrorism and the spread of infectious diseases. He also rails against liberal media bias, big government, the lack of prayer in schools, rampant pornography, the UN, the ACLU, and a host of social ills that he believes were caused almost exclusively by hippies in the 1960s and the Clinton administration in the 1990s.
Like many talk-show personalities, Savage is confrontational, angry, entertaining, and prone to exaggeration, sometimes all at once. He can also be funny and sarcastic. But while he does offer some interesting observations and enough food for thought to make this slim volume worth a read, his book is essentially one long rant with precious little useful information to back up his often bombastic claims. His angry-man shtick may make for stimulating drive-time listening (and high ratings), but it doesn't make for a particularly convincing book. --Shawn Carkonen --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Michael Savage is the host of one of the most popular radio talk shows in the nation. Savage has worked as a factory worker, waiter, teacher, New York social worker, medicinal plant explorer, and scientist. He has a Ph.D. in epidemiology and nutritional science from the University of California, Berkeley.
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My overall opinion of him now is that he is a loud, intelligent, hypocrite, that knows how to push his audience's buttons while demeaning anyone who does not agree with his exact value system.
His idea's on immigration are right on in my opinion. Let the people in who have something to contribute to society and who want to be part of American culture. Don't let those in who want to collect a welfare check, not learn English, and gripe that they don't get free health care.
His idea's on religion are wrong. He basically states that if you are not religious, then you lack morals. Morals and religion are not mutually exclusive if you ask me. I happen to be an atheist, and also moral. You can get the same morals from a book of Aesop's fables as you can the bible. You are not automatically amoral or evil simply because you do not subscribe to a religion.
His idea's on profiling people are hypocritical. He feels the US should use racial profiling when dealing with Muslim's. I agree. So far only Muslim people are the one blowing themselves up to kill innocent people. To ignore this, would be ignoring a valuable tool in the fight to prevent such things from happening. Then he goes on the say that profiling priests is horrible, in light of the child molestations that have occurred. Isn't this the same thing? You have a certain group of people that are committing a crime, while others in that group my not condone it but are not doing much to prevent it either. When speaking about Muslims he says "He is tired of hearing 99.9% are good people, but it is the 0.1% he is worried about". When it comes to 3% of priests being child molesters though he is not so worried. 3% of priests being child molesters is certainly higher than in the general population and does warrant closer inspection.
The book did present some timely, interesting topics that will make you think, but I doubt it will change anyone's mind on any of these topics. You will just find yourself either agreeing with them or calling Savage an idiot. From and editorial viewpoint the book looked like it was really rushed to press and seemed to be disjointed at times and at other times repetitive. Editing could really use some work.
Savage is highly controversial and provides the tone in a very provocative manner. I enjoyed his lucid and amusing commentary although he is more prone to attacking than laying definitive substance to illustrate his points. He has a tendency to attack individuals in addition to their ideas, which in my mind, gives him less credibility. However, the amusing character of the sections and the short, easily read sections, allow for a very entertaining read.
Unlike other conservative authors like Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, and Michelle Malkin, Mr. Savage does not use citing and a highly fact based presentation but relies on his own words. This is a novel approach in this genre, relative to other recent books, and provides a more entertaining read but i belive this would turn away the more moderate reader or one who is not familiar with Savage's ideas. He discusses EVERYTHING. This is a high point, he leaves nothing out. However, there are times when I would hope that he develop his points more throughly because I like to not only know his ideas but be able to use the noted facts for my own arguments on similar issues.
Who Should Read this Book:
What kind of reader are you? If you are the reader who wants that entertaining read, and wants to know the basis of Savage's understanding of the issues our society faces, then please read this book. On the other hand, if you want the more academic, well documented research that would be used to sway one who is a fence sitter on any of these issues, then it is unlikely that Mr. Savage would sway your point of view.
I tend to not love the in your face style because it tends to make one dismissive of the arguments themselves. But if you want to see how one thinks, and one who is intelligent, Savage has a very nice writing style, and his writing will not displease you. Also, if you happen to be a liberal (or any democrat) then please read the book because you will enjoy yelling at the pages. For the conservatives out there, you will enjoy chiming in with Savage. He is that angry white man that liberals despise.
Savage is doomed to be assaulted by the left for his views on immigration, though it is exactly his view of America that immigrants are enticed by. Understanding these plain-spoken truths requires the reader to abandon years of PC brainwashing, and political partisanship. Regardless of your political orientation, this book is an excellent reminder of what has been lost in America to politics in the last 30 years, and a common-sense roadmap for rebuilding national unity and culture.