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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
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Hardcover, 305 pages
Published July 5th 2005 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Maurean
Apr 16, 2008 Maurean rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
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
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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
brian lee
Mar 12, 2007 brian lee rated it really liked it
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
Beth
Oct 30, 2007 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  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.
Adam
Jul 07, 2009 Adam rated it did not like it
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
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Dale
Mar 12, 2012 Dale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Joe
Apr 15, 2012 Joe rated it really liked it
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
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Brandon
Jun 11, 2012 Brandon rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 13, 2007 Annie rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
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
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Jared
Feb 26, 2009 Jared rated it liked it
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
Jul 12, 2010 Linda rated it it was ok
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
Jul 11, 2012 Juli rated it really liked it
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
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
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JP
May 18, 2013 JP rated it did not like it
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
Gwenda
Jun 15, 2010 Gwenda rated it it was amazing
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!
Chris Ross
Let me start by saying my wife picked up this book for me from a library cart of selections that one could choose from our local library as part of their summer reading contest. The only reason I read it is because I want to get it off my shelf and get rid of it by donating it.

This book was written in 2005 and is now considered old news and some material quite outdated.

To review the book all I will say is that if you are a Democrat and left-leaning liberal you will probably hate this book if you
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J
May 20, 2008 J rated it did not like it
#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.
Caroline
Aug 13, 2010 Caroline rated it did not like it
In #80 Kitty Kelley, the author includes a quote from Ronald Reagan. The former president responded to a book Kelly wrote about him, saying a "point-by-point denial of the book's many outrages" would "provide legitimacy to a book that has no basis in fact and serves no decent purpose." Change "outrages" and "no basis in fact" to "gross generalizations" and "lack of cited references" and you have my review of this book.
Grace
Apr 30, 2015 Grace rated it it was ok
Where to start with a review of a now outdated book?

First, it's people bashing, which while sometimes can be entertaining, really takes a certain type of fortitude. I do not have such fortitude. Instead, I would read an entry or two, put it down, and go do something else. Something happy. Like play with the kittens for a couple hours. (This leads me to believe they liked the book more than I did, selfish little fluffballs.)

Second, it's a lot of ranting about how terrible a specific person is a
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Vickie T
Jul 06, 2010 Vickie T rated it did not like it
Oh please, Michael Jackson was screwing up America. I think Bernard Goldberg gives him and a whole host of other people way too much credit. Michael Moore is the number 1 person screwing up America according to Goldberg. Really. He blames everything on cultural elites (who exactly are they?) who are liberals and tars all with a broad brush. Superficial.
L.
Dec 14, 2013 L. rated it liked it
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
Jan 30, 2012 Kimberly Russell rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, non-fiction
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
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David
Dec 27, 2015 David rated it it was amazing
While I wasn't familiar with a lot of the names, when I read about each one many of the things they are famous (or infamous) for rang a bell. It is certainly from a more conservative viewpoint (although there are even a couple of conservatives in the list) and likely that is how many, if not most, Americans think. It is scary to think how much influence these people and others like them have over today's children; reminds me of a disgusting video showing a radical terrorist coaching a young boy ...more
Ryan
Jun 15, 2012 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Rachel
Mar 14, 2014 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-on-tape
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 really liked it  ·  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
A K
Jan 20, 2016 A K rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Too Hokie. Loved BG's Bias and Arrogance for the fortitude he showed and his new book looks promising. This book's presentation was a little over the top but vitally interesting on a micro level.
Brandy
Dec 13, 2007 Brandy rated it it was amazing
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
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Danielle
Dec 26, 2007 Danielle rated it really liked it
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
Lorene Conklin
Jul 16, 2014 Lorene Conklin rated it it was amazing
I agreed with the author on this book, these are some of the best people screwing up America. It definitely needs a volume 2.
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American writer, journalist, and political pundit. Goldberg has won twelve Emmy Awards during his career. He is currently a commentator for Fox News and a correspondent for HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.

From 1972 to 1974 he worked for CBS News as a producer in Atlanta; he became a reporter in 1974 and correspondent in 1976.

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