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Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World!

4.29  ·  Rating Details ·  1,747 Ratings  ·  185 Reviews
Known for his network of conservative websites that draws millions of readers everyday, Andrew Breitbart has one main goal: to make sure the "liberally biased" major news outlets in this country cover all aspects of a story fairly. Breitbart is convinced that too many national stories are slanted by the news media in an unfair way.

In RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION, Breitbart talks
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Hardcover, 258 pages
Published April 15th 2011 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2011)
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Ray
Jul 27, 2011 Ray rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book isn't what I was hoping for, but I thought it would be worth a try. Breitbart fans will (and do) enjoy it, since the book serves to affirm conservative doctrines and delegitimize the left and the mainstream media by pointing out real and apparent bias. But I found it all too predictable without providing for an honest debate on opposing positions. For example, if Breitbart declares that the Democrats "hate the military", without explanation, I'm wondering what the basis of that stateme ...more
Richard
Jul 24, 2011 Richard rated it it was amazing
Chapters 1-2 of Righteous Indignation could have been about any of thousands of young men (or women) who grew up in a traditional household, tried to keep pace with his richer friends, fell under the sway of an oddball character or two in high school, and spent 4 years partying hearty and barely graduating from a large private university. Mildly interesting. Fun to read. No big deal. That's the set-up. Then young Mr. Breitbart started to figure things out.

In chapter 6 Breitbart asks, how did cul
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Patrick
May 01, 2011 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Should be required high school reading material. Sure would beat Catcher in the Rye.

Amazon review:

If you ever watch the news, listen to the radio or check the headlines on msn.com, you must read this book. There is a battle going on for the information gateway of our country: the news media complex.

And the great general leading the charge, the brilliant strategist who has been literally on the forefront of this fight and has seen it from the inside-out and the ground-up, who makes it possible f
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Mike (the Paladin)
I had never read anything by Andrew Breitbart...and then he died at 48. I see now what a great loss that was.

As with certain other writers Mr. Breitbart's name brings a grimace to some faces. Fists clench, teeth grit, temperatures rise and foul names are uttered. But also as with say...Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter and others many who are sure they completely disagree with the person in question have never actually read anything by the individual in question.

I would like to go into some of what Mr.
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Kelsey
As a disclaimer, I will say that I am a left leaning moderate, but I do dabble in conservative literature and have liked some other books much more than this one. I recently read Decision Points by George Bush and thought it was an insightful and thought-provoking book, even if I didn't always agree 100% with Bush's beliefs.

With that said, I was a little disappointed in this book because I thought it could have been so much better. As a background, years ago I read a book called Bias by Bernard
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Kenny
Jul 05, 2011 Kenny rated it really liked it
He's a contentious loud-mouth, a liberal-baiting stream-of-consciousness arguer, and a pretty damn smart guy who just redefined the political memoir: tell it all, hide nothing, lay out your views, prescribe solutions, challenge the reader, and do it all with panache, wit, and disarming humor. A good read.

What surprised me most was his solid understanding of the traditional media and how they shape or suppress stories and have been doing it since time immemorial. He traces its methods back to the
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Maria
Jun 29, 2011 Maria rated it it was amazing
An honest book about many things, but mainly the hypocrisy within today's mainstream media complex. This book should be required reading at the collegiate level, and perhaps one day it will be.
In "Righteous Indignation", Breitbart lays bare his motivation for co-creating the Huffington Post and his collection of the "Big" sites: "...to knock down the false edifice that is mainstream media, that is built upon the false proposition of 'objective' journalism and the grotesque anti-American proposi
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Anthony
Nov 06, 2011 Anthony rated it really liked it
Shelves: political
The book reads as a history of major American political events of the late twentieth and earl twenty-first century. I think the negative reviews miss the fact that this book isn't written to convince anyone that they should switch sides or come to their senses or any other such nonsense, it is a book aimed at people who share a similar worldview as Breitbart (and although Breitbart doesn't consider himself a social conservative his views on American Studies and Post-Modernism almost put him in t ...more
Sanaya
Aug 26, 2012 Sanaya rated it it was amazing
This book is essentially the story of how Andrew Breitbart came to his ultimate political views, and with its very conversational style it's a quick and enjoyable read filled with little tangents (he had ADHD) about music and pop culture in the 90s. He discusses growing up in a very quietly conservative family in the middle of LA, and embracing the liberal views of the people he was surrounded by. Gradually his perceptions changed as he watched the Democrats belittle the very people they claimed ...more
Jordan
Mar 03, 2012 Jordan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
Andrew Breitbart's largely autobiographical tale of his attempt to take on the institutional media by revealing the truth to the people is not only funny and exciting, but momentous, serious, and, to me, truly inspirational. I feel like if I had had this book in my hands back in college in the early 2000s, I might have gone into journalism, if only to be able to play a small part in the liberating, enlivening, enlightening, and subversive groundswell of conservative New Media backlash to the old ...more
Pat Herndon
Mar 13, 2016 Pat Herndon rated it it was ok
Phew! Phewt! Blah, blah. Ooooo.

The above pretty much sums up my opinion of this book. Though, clearly, Breitbart is an engaging entertainer raised on the teats of Orson Bean and Rush Limbaugh, his message is absurd. Our country is ruled by the Democratic Media Complex? Geez. Like Limbaugh, Breitbart's ability to properly construct sentences seems to negate any insistence on critical thinking on the part of his audience. He moves his narrative along astutely, leaving the listener with little tim
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Michael Vint
Feb 16, 2016 Michael Vint rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Political historians
Some thoughts:

"I've seen your future and it is the internet">

Brietbart was an immeasurably important political figure, mostly due to his style and focus on polemical, confrontational and bombastic opinion pieces. Assertiveness is a trait that is very much respected in the American political scene. The ethos can be summed up by the chorus of Bruce Springsteen's song, "No Surrender":

We made a promise we swore we'd always remember
No retreat no surrender
Like soldiers in the winter's night with a
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Laurence Sherry
Feb 18, 2017 Laurence Sherry rated it did not like it
Could only make it half way.
Brett Tompkins
May 04, 2011 Brett Tompkins rated it it was amazing
I'm surprised I haven't heard of this guy before. I really like what he has to say. I saw him promoting this book on Hannity's show and wanted to check it out. Glad I did. I like how he has figured out the extremem left tactics and are using them against the left. What he says is so true, the left has the right and the Tea Party defending itself so much that people actually start believing all the lies that are put out there. They talk about violent protests by the Tea Party, but the only footag ...more
Tressa
Apr 08, 2011 Tressa rated it really liked it
It's nice to know that there are men and women who have the guts to call out the media on their bias. Righteous Indignation proves just how deep in the pocket the media is to liberal politicians and causes. It's quite disgusting, actually.

It used to be that journalists felt it their duty to report newsworthy stories free of bias by bringing it to the people through radio, TV, or the written word. Now they go out of their way to skew or totally ignore stories that shine a bad light on their good
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Carl Martinez
Mar 03, 2013 Carl Martinez rated it really liked it
Shelves: wishlist
I got to stop loaning good books to people because this and many others are never returned to me! In his short life Andrew Brietbart did more damage exposing the left for the liars we all know they are, than Michael Moore has done in 20 years promoting those lies with major financial backing from Hollywood and most of the mainstream media. Brietbart details his transformation from West Coast liberal to conservative libertarian, what I found interesting though growing up in an affluent home he de ...more
Christopher
Jan 16, 2014 Christopher rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Its interesting that Breitbart ends the book by implying the momentum the Tea Party had on its side (at the time) would last a while. Not so much. And calling Ann Coulter "a warrior of the highest order?" Again, not so much. I agree with Breitbart's premises about the media's leftist bias and the danger of groupthink but I disagree with his arguments which are themselves seemingly biased and specious in my opinion. I would have liked to have seen less glib explanations as to how the media got it ...more
Anna Murray
Jul 02, 2012 Anna Murray rated it it was amazing
Okay, so it was really easy for me to give this book five stars. After all, here is a relatively light read written by a man who, if he were alive today, would be exactly my age AND he saw all that same stuff going on since the Clinton Administration as I did AND he wrote it down! And that's just the tip of the iceberg. He did a whole lot more than just write it down, but if you don't already know Andrew Breitbart and all of his work, you just have to read this book to learn more about him.

I re
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Pasquale
Jul 14, 2012 Pasquale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Breitbart everytime he appeared on t.v. and was hoping to be able to read this sooner than later. I've been reading a lot of political books over the past few years trying to get a grasp on what I believe, and it's amazing to see just how one sided everything I used to think was true actually is. It's a shame that he died so suddenly; I'm sure he would've done much more to help break the ideological stranglehold that the traditional media has over its consumers.
Amanda
Mar 18, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it
RIP Andrew Breitbart

I love Breitbart, but this book was a bit dry. It covered topics that were not new to me throughout much of the book. I do find his history interesting, but I could have done with more about him and less teaching political theory. I would think most of his readers already know who Saul Alinsky is. Overall, it enjoyed getting to know Breitbart a bit more even if it was posthumously.
Darren Kirby
Aug 28, 2011 Darren Kirby rated it it was amazing
This was a fascinating read! I learned how Huffington Post was formed (the insider version), how Andrew came to his current state of thinking, and what his plans are for the future. This is not only a story of how one man did it, it's also a call to everyone else that you can do it too! Don't sit on the sidelines, but get out there and take action. He may not save the world, but he's making a dent on saving this nation.
Rohith
Apr 06, 2017 Rohith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a need for human societies to hold politicians and bureaucrats accountable daily. As Human species is still in it adolescence in trying ways of organizing societies and will succumb to certain silly notions that harm us in long run.

As we are busy with our own lives. It is impossible to keep track of what politicians and bureaucrats do. At this point we had two options: either
1) reduce the power each politician/bureaucrat possess in terms of affecting lives of other citizens or
2) Hire
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Adriano Rodrigues
Jan 12, 2017 Adriano Rodrigues rated it really liked it
An amazing introduction to the ongoing Cultural Wars that we see every day on TV, newspapers, radio, and the internet. Andrew was there when the tide turned, he helped it turn. Too bad he had to go, but not before passing on the torch to a younger generation; guys like Milo Yiannopoulos, who are able to drive the left mad, expose their dirty secrets, and still seem almost immune to their tactics.

It's nice to see how it al began, and a relief to know that the movement is only growing. It gives o
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Benjamin Barton
Jan 26, 2013 Benjamin Barton rated it really liked it
Andrew Breitbart makes a case for boycotting the main stream media and given what we've seen they are capable of, or better stated as what they are incapable of, why wouldn't we? The author describes the incestuous relationship between the institutional left and the "Democrat-Media Complex". While helping Ariana Huffington launch the Huffington Post and being the founder of Big Government, Big Hollywood and Breitbart.com, the late Andrew Breitbart had developed a keen sense for the inner workin ...more
Blain Dillard
Feb 20, 2017 Blain Dillard rated it it was amazing
This was stunning. Great background on the origins of the Saul Alinsky rules and ideology, the rise of new media such as Veritas, the take down of Acorn and other media/political corruption, and the media coverage of the Tea Party. Though I don't think he ever became fully conservative, I had no idea Brietbart started out at Huffington Post and used to be a left wing ideologue. He was quite a media prophet, predicting - 6+ years ago - many things that have come to pass about the media. Unfortuna ...more
Tylor
Apr 18, 2012 Tylor rated it it was amazing
It sucks that I only heard just started looking into Andrew Brietbart after his death. Luckily for me there was a plethora of Youtube videos and interviews to refer to in researching him. This book jumped out at me after reading the free sections and watching the Hoover’s Institute where he talked about being a default liberal through High School and college at Tulane. Being originally from the left or the automated left as he called it, I could definitely relate to his experience and transforma ...more
Alan
Aug 13, 2013 Alan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics
This is honestly one of the best political books I've ever read. I'd venture to say that Breitbart knew more about the media and how it functioned than any other current political activist. His understanding of the liberal media is down-right impressive. Not only is his understanding of how the liberal media operates impressive but his intellectual grasp of the deep philosophical/historical origins of the progressive movement in the US and how it has come to grow into such an ideological leviath ...more
Tamara
Mar 05, 2017 Tamara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
History of the New Media from the man who invented it

The late Andrew Breitbart, whose legacy lives on through his eponymous website breitbart.com, as well as the Huffington Post which he created for Ariana Huffington, tells a compelling tale of his unlikely rise from dissipated Tulane student to the face of the New Media and champion of free speech and debate. The most valuable part of the book for me is the succinct explanation of the arrival and development of Marxism in America. Really fascin
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Constantina
Mar 16, 2012 Constantina rated it it was amazing
Recommended to conservative/ libertarian Gen Xers and anyone interested in the rise of Internet citizen-journalism. Breitbart was an advocate of free and open debate. He wanted conservatives to challenge the hegemony of the Left in popular culture-- especially the media, entertainment, and academia. And the book is a fun read!
Eric Keith
May 16, 2011 Eric Keith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely a great book. Chapter 6, Breakthrough, is worth the price alone. In that chapter, Breitbart gives a nice history lesson on Progressivism in the media. The entire book is a great call-to-arms for conservatives to fight against the liberal-biased media. High recommendation!
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Andrew J. Breitbart was an American publisher, commentator for the Washington Times, author, an occasional guest commentator on various news programs who has served as an editor for the Drudge Report website. He was a researcher for Arianna Huffington, and helped launch her website, The Huffington Post.

He ran his own news aggregation site, Breitbart.com, and five other websites: Breitbart.tv, Big
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