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Dispatches from Bitter America: A Gun Toting, Chicken Eating Son of a Baptist’s Culture War Stories

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FOX News Radio reporter Todd Starnes is a self-professed “gun toting, chicken eating son of a Baptist” whose Dispatches from Bitter America is “a collection of stories from my travels across this country (and) conversations I’ve had with regular folks who have deep concerns about the direction we are going as a nation.”

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Published February 1st 2012 by B&H Books (first published January 13th 2012)
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Clinging to your guns and religion? Apparently this makes you a bitter American. In his book Dispatches From Bitter America journalist Todd Starnes contemplates what his country is made of. The five things he names certainly feed the stereotype many have of America - country music, guns, barbecue, the military, and freedom. One thing seems to be missing, but only on first glance - religion.
Expecting an honest view on America and its people I soon realized that these "dispatches" are basically a
Tom Dye
With a little tongue in cheek, a little bite your tongue, a little imagination, a little agitation, a little make believe, and a little “you can’t make this stuff up,” author Todd Starnes leaves no sacred cows off the table (metaphorically speaking of course).

This book will take you from sentimental to nonsensical, from Christmas to Kwanzaa, from barbeque to Barack Obama, from the food police to the thought police, from DC to the flyover-states, from the schoolhouse to the House of God, with a f
I am a conservative, but I don't care for books that don't seek to persuade or engage, but rather are just trying to stir up the base. That's what this book was like. The book ranted about lots of different topics. At times he would switch into satire without warning, which was jarring. Lists of news stories without much context, making it easy for the author to say "See! Isn't this awful!" All in all, although I would probably agree with him on a lot of his political viewpoints, the way he appr ...more
I decided to read this book because I always try to be open-minded, and I did find many humorous entries. And, there are stories that, if true, show much needed change in our country. For instance, when the government and schools decide that they know better than we do when it comes to raising our children…by banning outside lunches being brought into schools, telling parents what types of lunch they can send in with their children, banning bake sales as fundraisers, and even sinking as low as m ...more
When candidate Obama was first seeking to sway voters to his side, he accused Americans of being bitter and clinging to guns and God. Had he included fried chicken in that condemnation of traditional American voters, he might have been talking about journalist and commentator Todd Starnes, author of this collection of essays about America's culture war. He writes with great perspicacity and vigor on the usual targets of the Left -- Christmas, Boys Scouts, Billy Graham, guns, pro-lifers, the "fly ...more
Katie Tahuahua
This book is filled with a refreshing collection of stories about the havoc liberals are wreaking on American culture – especially Christianity, conservatism, and the family. Some chapters are delightfully satirical – one even features the Chick-fil-A cow as a guest star. Some are interviews with key conservative figures like Mike Huckabee and Sean Hannity. Others are sobering and even painful to read. But read them we must, or else get lost in the mire of culture wars.

Starnes proves he’s not so
The absolute best book I have ever read.....outside of the Bible!

Fox don't ever loose Todd Starnes! He has a gift for writing/story telling that so many others just hope to be like. Without a doubt God has blessed him with a talent and he uses it well. Todd keep it up and thanks for restoring journalism to a respectable level. I will have sweet tea and fried chicken in your honor today. May God continue to bless and use you.
Shelley Goltara
An excellent commentary of the current state of affairs in the United States delivered with humor and satire. From the obvious war on Christianity to animal rights Todd Starns covers all the topics with his usual "tongue in cheek" style.

Todd Starnes handles some very serious subjects with excellent insight and a good dose of humor. I enjoyed this book, will read more by him.
This is a sometimes funny, sometimes hilarious mix of personal stories, interviews, and embellished satire that works perfectly for today's political and religious climate. I highly recommend beginning your read in a Cracker Barrel with a nice glass of sweet tea, as I did. The book is a quick, compelling read grouped by topic. Those who pay attention to a lot of news may be familiar with many of the stories, but it's nice to have a refresher all in one place. Definitely recommended for those who ...more
Richard Hayes
Liberals, progressives and non-believers take warning. Do not buy this book as it will cause your head to explode. To everyone else, this is from a self-identified gun toting, chicken eating son of a baptist. Mr Starnes writes about thing he has seen in his travels around the U.S., things he has read and things he has saw and talks about them in the manner of someone like he has described himself. I think people will either love it or hate it.
The book was interesting truth mixed with humor. My husband is a Fox News addict and I had heard everything in it on the truth side so that made it hard for me to stay focused.
Loved this book. Unfortunately, he is right on about what's happening in this country. I like his added humor and recommend this book.
An amazing and very funny book by Todd Starnes. Thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.
Kendra Armstrong
Todd's message is so true. This book is hard-hitting, yet absolutely hysterical!
Brenda Nora
Love love love this book! It is like sitting down to chat with a dear friend!
A mix of sarcasm, humor & cold hard facts. An easy enjoyable read.
John Arnold
Absolutely Awesome!
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