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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and very readable political memoir., August 19, 2012
This review is from: What's the Matter with White People: Why We Long for a Golden Age That Never Was (Hardcover)
This year has seen three books by MSNBC personalities: Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, and now Joan Walsh. I've read all three -- and while Maddow and Hayes's books are fantastic, they're not memoirs -- I can't make books on political elites or the military industrial complex into bedtime reading! Walsh's book, on the other hand, is a deeply personal look at the US political landscape during the past five decades. I love how Walsh connects her own Irish Catholic, working class upbringing to the unhinging of the Democratic coalition in the late 60's and 70's. She speaks from a deeply personal and human perspective, and yet doesn't miss a beat in describing in great detail the economic and political events that brought us to the Tea Party and failures of the current Democratic administration to confront a recalcitrant Republican congress (elected by working class whites!) on behalf of those same working class citizens. A most enjoyable read.

Frances Langum
The Professional Left Podcast
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Initial post: Sep 10, 2012 5:17:03 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 10, 2012 5:17:17 PM PDT
Mickey Ryan says:
Does Ms. Walsh ignore the pink elephant in the room or does she actually address the white-guilt complex that is so prevalent among modern white liberals today?

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 8:26:18 PM PST
I've been hearing about this "white guilt" bugaboo most of my life and still haven't seen sight of it in the white people I know/have known. I think this is pretty much an urban myth, much like the self-hating Jew or the hunter who can't get an erection. They don't exist in real life.

Oh, I almost forgot: bra-burners. Did you know that there's never been a bra-burning? Yet people still believe feminists burned bras. There are also people who believe that one of the airmen who dropped one of the atomic bombs on Japan "went crazy" and was in a mental institution due to his guilt at the act. Never happened. All of the airmen involved just carried out their military assignment and felt no more guilt than a combat soldier did while shooting enemy forces.

Just thought I'd throw in my two cents and correct the above comment.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2014 10:06:45 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 22, 2014 10:11:57 AM PST
Callahan says:
If you've never witnessed white guilt or the effects of it, then you're either black, hispanic or a white self hating liberal. For no self respecting white or Asian would say what you said. White guilt has been shoved down our faces day and night for at least the last 50 years. You're in complete, and I mean complete, denial. A true liberal.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2014 10:08:56 AM PST
Callahan says:
oh, and Hope, ( a hispanic name) Yes, women DID burn their bras in the 60s. How old are you? You apparently didn't witness this or you're just another lying liberal. Since you're hispanic, *of course* you don't understand or witness white guilt. Typical liberal. Did you cross the border illegally? Or was it your parents?
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