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Underdogma: How America's Enemies Use Our Love for the Underdog to Trash American Power Hardcover – February 1, 2011

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“Michael Prell’s book, Underdogma, explains in detail how the Left masks anti-Americanism and anti-Western sentiment behind the American tradition of rooting for the underdog and how we can fight back against their rhetoric by reviving the American spirit of our founding fathers that transformed us from the ‘underdog’ to the greatest country on earth.”
—former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich

“Michael Prell skillfully exposes how our misplaced emphasis to cheer on the underdogs, especially in the international community, will erode America’s status not only as a superpower, but also as the greatest nation in the world. A must-read for anyone who believes in maintaining America’s presence as a global leader.”
—Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, (R, MN-6), leader of the Tea Party Caucus

Underdogma is the first great Tea Party book”
—Tea Party Patriots co-founder and national coordinator Jenny Beth Martin,
one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, 2010

Underdogma is the Rosetta Stone for our time’s most portentous puzzle: Why do so many in this country—including some in leadership positions—abhor our national greatness and seek to diminish it at every turn? Michael Prell has ‘broken the code,’ and in so doing made an invaluable contribution to preserving and strengthening American exceptionalism.”
—Frank Gaffney, Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy, Ronald Reagan’s Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy

“Americans have sympathy for the underdog. But that sympathy, Michael Prell argues, can be used by America's enemies to undermine faith in our culture and our country. In Underdogma, Prell shows how that works—and what we can do to combat it.”
—Michael Barone, FOX News contributor, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, Senior Political Analyst, The Washington Examiner, Co-Author, The Almanac of American Politics

“Thank goodness for this effort.”
—UN Ambassador John Bolton, author of Surrender is not an Option

“Underdogma is the Liberty and Tyranny of 2011”
—Ezra Levant, author of Shakedown

“Clever, accurate, droll and timely: The meek shall inherit contrariness.”
—Nationally syndicated radio host John Batchelor

“I love, love love it. The title is fantastic.”
—Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, bestselling author, television and radio host

“Compelling; well done.”
—Daniel Pipes, author, founder of the Middle East Forum

About the Author

Michael Prell has written for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and hundreds of politicians on three continents. His specialty is starting, shifting and amplifying national debates. Prell has also worked with the Dalai Lama, Dr. Phil, the global Chinese dissident community, “America’s Rabbi” Shmuley Boteach and the Jewish Values Network. Additionally, he was a crisis manager during the Northeastern Blackout of 2003. He has written for The American Thinker, Vice Magazine and The Epoch Times. His writings have been discussed by radio hosts Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Michael Savage. Previously, Prell launched and ran several multimillion-dollar nightclubs and high-end restaurants and once produced a record that charted above Puff Daddy in Belgium. Prell runs a successful marketing and publicity firm and is a Pollie Award winner (the Academy Award of political advertising).
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 318 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books; First Edition, 1st Printing edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193561813X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935618133
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,532,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Now and then a book comes along that opens the door on a new and powerful way to see the world. Underdogma is one of those rare books.

Michael Prell offers a unique insight on a heretofore unexamined weakness in American culture; the irrational love of underdogs. Prell makes the case that loving the underdog is as much a part of American culture as Mom, apple pie and yelling at the umpire.

Rooting for the underdog seems harmless enough but Prell points out that the condition he calls Underdogma actually has a profound and negative effect on America's internal politics and external relations. It seems that America's enemies aren't spending much time rooting for the underdog. They are to busy plotting to kill the overdog.

This book is timely, insightful and extremely well written. Heck, it's even entertaining! If you have ever wondered how anyone could hate America read Underdogma.
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Finally, someone has deciphered the Leftist code. Underdogma is the Rosetta Stone that unlocks the mysterious psychological underpinnings of victimology. Michael Prell reveals the polarizing thought processes--better yet, emotional feelings-- that fuel a divisive us-versus-them mindset. Underdogma reveals the reasons why we humans reflexively cheer on the "little guy" and demonize any individual or corporate entity that is perceived to be too "Big" and powerful.

Ironically, in order to neutralize the "Big" and powerful, power-seeking politicians use Underdogma to create Big Government. "Jealousy, envy, and Underdogma," Prell explains, "have their roots in our desire for equality...Underdogma is not simply resenting what the Joneses have but scorning the Joneses for having it, while actively looking for ways to knock our overdog neighbors down a few pegs and, in the process, lifting ourselves (the underdogs) up." In order to "lift up" so-called underdogs, advocates of Big Government use Underdogma to appeal to voters' emotions by projecting virtue onto the "little guy" (simply because he has less) and demonizing supposedly greedy "big shots" and "fat cats" because they have more than their "fair share".

Underdogma turns heart-felt compassion for the less fortunate into political propaganda that Leftist and other power-seeking "Puppetmasters" use to manipulate what Vladimir Lenin called "Useful Idiots.
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This book is well researched and very thought provoking. The author, who has clearly put a great deal of effort into his work, not only proposes his theory in a lucid and forthright way, but also applies his theory to many areas of life today.

I found this book exceptionally interesting and informative. The author's practical application of his theory is fascinating and makes one more aware of one's own preconceptions.

By demonstrating that those who practice underdogma exploit our natural and laudable sympathy for the underdog Prell makes us see the dangers inherent in this increasingly pervasive theory.

It's far too easy to be politically narrow-minded and limit our openness to ideas based upon the impact they have upon our preconceptions and political biases. There will be those who will be tempted to dismiss this work simply because of the author's politics and who will fall back upon their own hackneyed arguments without engaging the work and honestly considering the author's theory.

Those who do approach this work with an open mind and a desire to consider this well researched and interesting theory will have their eyes opened and their awareness increased.

If you are trying to understand the confusing and contradictory ideologies active in society today, and to see them for what they are, this is definitely a book that you should read.
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Michael Prell is onto something...Any free-thinking, intellectually-honest individual, whether on the left or right of the political spectrum, will be forced to pause and think when reading this book.

You will never look at the news (or your own gut-reactions to the news) the same way again. You'll look at them clearly after you've read Underdogma.

Prell's writing style is concise, his multiple examples are provocative and effective as they serve to illustrate just how wide spread this Underdogma 'affliction' is in our society. This is the first work of its kind in a very long time that actually offers a new-- and very useful-- lens through which anyone can analyze the day-to-day happenings of society as well as complex relationships between nations.

I am looking forward to reading more from this author.
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For the longest time I have been unable to put my finger on the invisible force that has been driving our country to make such asinine decisions. What is it that drives people to put down their own race, country and beliefs? Why are people so prone to feel sympathy for our enemies and disdain for our own great country. What are all those guys driving Subaru's and volvo's really thinking(or not thinking)? Underdogma has lifted the curtain of mystery for me. If you want to stem the tide of American decline, or at least understand what is happening in the psyche of those Americans driving us downward, read the book.
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