100 People Who Are Screwing Up America: (And Al Franken Is #37)
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100 People Who Are Screwing Up America: (And Al Franken Is #37)

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The number one New York Times bestselling author of Bias delivers another bombshell--this time aimed at . . .

100 People Who Are Screwing Up America

No preaching. No pontificating. Just some uncommon sense about the things that have made this country great--and the culprits who are screwing it up.

Bernard Goldberg takes dead aim at the America Bashers (the cultural elites who...more
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published July 5th 2005 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Maurean
This was a very interesting read. I too, found I agreed with many of Goldberg's list choices, but more than that, I agreed wholeheartedly with his analysis:

"So, what is it that so many ordinary Americans want? It's actually pretty simple. We want a little more appriciation for the values that most of us - liberals as well as conservatives, Democrats as well as Republicans - used to take for granted: civility, mutual respect, a semblance of decency and yes...a little old fashioned love of country...more
brian lee
a surprisingly fun read. liberals will probably be ticked off by the conservative tone and the following hit-list of mostly-liberal characters, but it is a pretty interesting view into just how screwed up politics and political figures (especially the celebrities who really aren't but make themselves out to be)

an eye-opener into the insatiable corruption of mankind
Jack
Jan 03, 2009 Jack added it
Shelves: bleggghh
I'm surprised he doesn't list himself as one of the 100 people who are screwing up America, seeing as how he identifies himself within the book, with several of the people he lists. He complains about Al Franken being a satirist, but also admits that "that makes two of us". At the beginning he complains about Barbra Walters being CONSERVATIVES = BAD, LIBERALS = GOOD, which I don't like about her either, but then goes on to list a third of his 100 being liberal politicians/devout democrats. (mich...more
Joe
Apr 15, 2012 Joe rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Conservatives, Political Wonks
Shelves: politics
As good a political book as I've read in a while. Goldberg pulls no punches in reminding readers of the listed's most egregious sins (and even crimes, in some cases). From lesser-known gangsta' rappers, to far more infamous politicians (like Ted Kennedy), Goldberg calls out those listed, for their detrimental effects on American culture and government. Despite some claims, the book isn't a partisan attack of either side, and includes disgusting people from all political stripes.
The book is easil...more
Beth
Oct 30, 2007 Beth rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Melissa
Missa, you've gotta read this, just because I want to have a discussion about how much you disagreed with everything Goldberg writes--particularly the chapter titled "Sex Warriors" about feminists.
Dale
Goldberg takes aim - both left and right (but mostly at the left)

Just so you know, I was officially tired of the Coulter / Moore slamfest format about two years ago and I went cold turkey for quite a while. Mostly, they end up being long lists of high crimes and misdemeanors committed by the other side and while that is interesting it also starts to get silly after a while. Does either party or any party have a perfect record? No. Both have loudmouths and losers that shoot off their mouths and w...more
Adam
Jul 07, 2009 Adam rated it 1 of 5 stars Recommends it for: No one other than hate mongers. . .
Shelves: politics
My mother used to tell me, 'If you don't have anything nice to say, than don't say anything at all.' I wish Goldberg's parents would have done the same. It would have saved me having to read through 305 pages of ranting prattle.

Goldberg's ideology, on which this book is premised, is not something that I want to even begin to touch on. I agree with him on many broad subjects but his ideas are presented in such an arrogant, antagonistic and sententious manner that it makes it impossible to accept...more
Brandon
This book was a interesting and fun read. I found myself laughing multiple times whaler reading this book. I was laughing because of Goldberg's commentary on the world and because of the stupidity of the people he mentions in the book. Goldberg is a republican, yet he does not only comment on liberals. His list does include people such as Maury Povich, Jerry Springer, Eminem and other mainstream names. Additionally, the book does not only include his list of people "who are screwing up America"....more
Annie
Wow.
So, I picked up this book at an airport while I was waiting a delayed plane. It started off with this wonderful anecdote about how the author was on a plane waiting to take off and someone was on their cell phone and talking loudly and using explitives. And the author decided it was people like this who were screwing up America. And I said, "Heck yes, it is!" And bought the book.
I plowed through the 100 (and 10) people, some categories of people (celebrities who go on and on about the enviro...more
Jared
As a preteen struggling to develop a political identity, I begged my mother to let me buy this book. Being a resident of an extremely city, I've been surrounded with liberal ideologies throughout my life. Bernard Goldberg certainly took on a much more conservative perspective than I had expected, yet at the same time, his arguments were very valid, especially when he discussed Americans who were heavily involved in the mainstream/pop scene. I do not recommend this book for the raging left wing r...more
Linda
The catchy title caught my attention, along with a reviewer's comment: "uncommon sense about the things that have made this country great---and the culprits who are screwing it up." It is written in chapter form, some long, some very short, for each person, and clearly from a very conservative perspective. It includes people such as Al Sharpton, Barbra Steisand, Howard Dean, Dan Rather, John Edwards, Bill Moyers, John Kerry, Gloria Steinem, Ken Lay....the list goes on and on....100 names, in fac...more
Juli
Considering that I tend to lean toward the liberal spectrum, and Mr. Goldberg expressed a great deal of contempt for liberals at the beginning of his book, I was prepared to dislike it completely. I kept an open-mind and read the book from cover-to-cover. I was surprised to agree with so many of Mr. Goldberg's choices. Not because I had any prior knowledge of many of these individuals, but because of the way in which he made his case for including each of them. I don't think political leaning co...more
Gwenda
Jun 15, 2010 Gwenda rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: any American
This book (I listened to the audio book twice)is a primer on 100 prominent Americans and the author's view of how they have tainted our culture. Very eye-opening. Between the first and second times I listened to it, Michael Jackson, Anna Nicole Smith, Jimmy Swaggart, Ted Kennedy and Ken Lay all died, so I suppose the new title should be "95 Americans....". I wholeheartedly agree with Bernie on his choices. Our country and culture are on life-support and we need to change that!
L.
While this is a list book, and Americans love list books, it's fair to say that the meat of Goldberg's intent can be found before page 55, when readers get to Rick and Kathy Hilton, hilariously occupying the final slot at #100. A series of essays sets up Goldberg's selections ends at page 54, but in that brief overture, Goldberg writes mightily against the prevailing idiocies of modern discourse. He takes on America-bashers and the purveyors of "Punitive Liberalism", those people who feel Americ...more
Kimberly Russell
I’m sure most (okay all) liberals will not enjoy this book. With that being said, I really do hate how the sides fight each other and really do wish we could find a common ground.

People who I am surprised to find on the list:
100. Rick and Kathy Hilton (who cares?)
95. Courtney Love (again who cares?)
81. Tim Robbins
61. Michael Savage (conservative talk radio – I was just surprised to find him on here)

People I agree should be on the list:
98: Sheila Jackson Lee (unfortunately this woman is my rep...more
Ryan
I agree with the concepts that he's trying to get across. I'm not sure that I like the pointing out who does it, but then again if you're going to be a public person then you should be open to public scrutiny. Some of these sort of books can make me feel a little aggressive so I don't like that, but it's nice to be somewhat informed.

I do like that Bernard is a pretty moderate voice, so I think that gives him some credibility. He and I differ on a number of topics (same sex marriage, etc.) but w...more
Rachel
100 People Who Are Screwing Up America reminds me a lot of a CBS Sunday Morning opinion piece. If you are a liberal, you will not like this book at all because the majority of the people on the list are liberals. It was very interesting to listen to while driving because it was like I was listening to a news story. Yes, this book is out dated because George Bush is still the president, and I feel the list will be completly different now that Obama is our president. It was entertaining, but not a...more
Zach
Jul 03, 2007 Zach rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: those with a sense of humor
Shelves: zachslibrary
Okay, so this book has some political commentary. Okay, so politics is ALWAYS a divisive issue that NOBODY ever totally agrees with. So What?? This book is fun. Bottomline. I have to be honest, someone as serious, cynical, and at times, grumpy as I can be really does need good laughs once in a while. Even when they come from such uncomfortable arenas as politics. But, have no fear, its not ALL politics. Besides, if you can't enjoy Mr. Goldman's commentaries on figures like David Duke, Courtney L...more
Brandy
Dec 13, 2007 Brandy rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Anyone
I can tell you that mostly conservatives are going to enjoy this book. It was hilarious and enraging, and took you through all the emotions that a good book should.
I will definitely check out more from this author.
He has a tell-it-like-it-is attitude, and he doesn't just hit on one race or one political affiliation. He says in the beginning of his book that 'no two people will agree on every person that I include in my list of 100 people who are screwing up America,' however, I must say that I a...more
Danielle
Dec 26, 2007 Danielle rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: someone venturing into politics and away from pop culture
hmm . . . well, my dad passed along this book to me, so there is tentative red flag #1. however, i will say that it was rather enjoyable. it's not that i'm becoming more conservative in my "old age," but there is something appealing to me about this book as goldberg tackles both sides of the debate -- democrats vs. republicans; intellectuals vs. non-intellectuals (whatever that means); etc. he especially takes a close look at media moguls and figures, and holds them especially responsible for th...more
Yessiwrites
This book was pretty infuriating for me as a liberal to read. Goldberg is obviously guilty of generalizations. However, I think everyone - liberals and conservatives - should read this book, or a variation on the theme. It's important for everyone to read and listen to opinions contrary to their beliefs. If you read something that challenges your beliefs, that's good! After all, Goldberg did have some good points.

On another note, I read this maybe a year or more ago, but started rereading this m...more
JP
Because I enjoyed Bias so much, I was especially surprised to find this book so mediocre. Perhaps it really is true that saying negative things never impresses, but I think the main obstacle is this format. Goldberg can only be superficial in commenting on a field of 100 people. It would have been more impressive if he had stuck to his opening chapters about the various types of people who are screwing up America. I also disagree with his world view more than I expected. His views are in lock st...more
Aaron
Pretty balanced on conservatives/liberals. By the way, the head of the ACLU is a douchebag. I now know that cause of this book.
Ben
Pretty much, if you were a liberal, you were on the list. He treated liberal as if it was a word filled with venom, spitting it out like a conservative may have spit out hippy during the 60s. Yes, he did make some valid points. But then he also made mountains out of molehills, and didn't listen to science. Suggesting a maker of video games (ie. Grand Theft Auto) was increasing violence was rather amusing.

I won't lie though, I liked how he disliked rap...

Overall, he's petty, and hates liberals. W...more
Anna
A catharsis for the author, I'm sure. Purely entertainment for me. As he says in the introduction, this is his list, and no two people will agree with the rankings. I thought he was spot on some of the time and hypocritical some of the time. I have some friends in mind that, if they all lived anywhere near each other, and actually knew each other, would be super fun to have over and talk about the book. I consider myself lucky that I hadn't heard of half the people in here. The author has got to...more
John
Jun 14, 2008 John rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to John by: Chris Ricker
Shelves: non-fiction
The first part of this book is probably worth reading. In it, the author summarizes some of the things that have him worried about our country and our culture. Much of this part resonates with me. But the actual "list" of 100 is written in a vitriolic tone that just set me sour on the rest of the book. This is both a very angry man as well as someone who has many axes to grind. I always try to learn from things I read. While I picked up a couple of things with this book to my advantage, it was m...more
Lizabeth
Ok, honestly, I'll probably never re-read it again. But GOOD LAND this guy is HILARIOUS! I don't even know half the poeple on his list, but I loved his blunt attitude. FINALLY. Someone else who thinks dropping the f-bomb isn't casual!!!! FINALLY! someone who hates gangster rap (or rap in general) as much as I do. FINALLY, FINALLY, FINALLY! Someone is FINALLY pointing out the stupidity of some people. Finally! And if you hated this book, or disliked my review, frankly, my dear, I don't give a dar...more
Jill
I agreed with most of what the author said although some of the people I hadn't ever heard of. I do think its terrible the way the culture is changing. THe author talks about how a man on a crowded airplane used the f word and how people seem to think its okay. I'm not okay with it and I'm always offended when I hear it or read it. I wish there was a way to turn things around but I'm not sure there is. I not going to finish this book because its not really my style, just sort of discouraging.
David
This was an OK book. It was just one journalist's point of view on who was screwing up America. Some of his opinions were amusing, some were valid, some were misconceived. I think this book got such a negative review from the liberal media community because they were mostly the ones being attacked, which they always deserve. But then Goldberg added the owner of the Grand Theft Auto games because he subscribes to that excuse that video games promote violence.
J
#22 is Mother Theresa. Bernie says, "The good sister was a far left loonie of the first order. If she had only left the untouchables of India to their own devices, the magical, unicorned, invisible hand would have lifted them out of abject poverty and class discrimination and straight into the good life like the mining youths in 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.'" I'm only kidding. Bernie would never recognize potential of any kind from a non-American.
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