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We're Right, They're Wrong: A Handbook for Spirited Progressives

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Just in time for the primaries, a top adviser to President Clinton uses his trademark historic, pointed arguments and homespun wit to deflate GOP claims that nothing is amiss in America that budget-cutting won't cure. Filled with political war stories and including such special features as the Republicans' Biggest Lies and the Most Expensive Boondoggles, Carville's accessi ...more
Paperback, 183 pages
Published February 20th 1996 by Random House
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This book was published in 1996. That's 17 years ago for those of you who may be bad at basic math skills. Why is this important? Because in those 17 years, not a damn thing has changed. Ok, so we're moved beyond Limp Bizkit and The Offspring (well, must of us have) but when it comes to the difference between right and left wingers, Democrats and Republicans, talking points about how big and bad Federal Government is? The change amounts to zero. Zip. Nada.

Even the names are the same of our dear
I read this one fourth of July many years ago; great timing--it really clarified for me the very real case the Liberal has as being a SUPERIOR PATRIOT to the ineffective government, pro-business-at-the-expense-of-the-citizen, anti-environmental, and working-class-hostile mentality of the Right.

A significant work, Carville cites a few programs I, personally, benefitted from as a child (school lunch programs came from federal grants), while my own family by and large rabidly followed Reagan, who's
Written back when Carville appeared to have a soul.

This is actually a fairly good book on how to argue with your republican friends and neighbors. I was actually looking for Al Frankens "Rush limbaugh is a big fat idiot" when I found it and was probably the better informed (and the much, much less entertained) for it.

I sometimes wonder if the Clintons had read this book more closely if we would have been in better shape. Hell, I wonder if Carville had read this thing in the last ten years if he
Amy Wolf
I guess I was in the mood for something a little more light-hearted, but Carville really reaches for the facts & figures to prove his points here. He is an excellent debater & I absolutely agree with his conclusions -- just wish that the numbers had been used a little more sparringly.
Jul 08, 2008 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people interested in politics
Shelves: political
It was written in 1996, but the arguments that Carville uses to describe how the government does a good job providing needed support for people that would not be provided in a pure free economy. Worth the read. It'd be nice if Carville wrote an updated version.
Reading this was like deja vu. It seemed oddly prophetic. The book is not new, but the issues are so much the same. Enforced my gut feelings that we are indeed right, and they are undoubtedly (and unapologetically) wrong!
I enjoyed this tremendously. He is realistic about the world we operate in, as well as an able defender of logic, truth and numbers.

It's not easy being left. At least with Carville, you can untwist the corkscrew of revisions.
I probably would have enjoyed this more when it was first published. Unfortunately, most of Carville's essays are dated. His points on welfare, education and immigration are still relevant, so the book does still have some value.
Will Byrnes
Carville provides a host of answers to Republican untruths, and throws in a few recipes. The value of Carville is to provide talking points for Dems who are faced with right-wingers blowing gas based on lies.
Feb 08, 2008 Namfan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Conservatives, Liberals, or anyone who has an interest in politics
This is a great book if you want to educate yourself about what the left is doing, why they're doing it, and what they hope to accomplish.

Carville is entertaining and he tells it the way that he sees it.

This is now most interesting as a reminder of where things stood at the time. Still, insightful and well written enough for a 4, even though the folksy jokes work far better on tv than in a book.

Used to like The Cajun a lot more before he married that woman. Once he did that, I started to question his sincerity. Book was good at the time though I'm not sure he's kept up.
Good how to book for progressives. Too bad they didn't listen (see elections of 2000 and 2004). It was fun riding with the ragin' cajun!
Brady Dale
I was nuts about this book in college... even got mine signed by the big guy. Not sure where it is now, though.
Kirk Bower
Carville's books are great. Funny...indepth...funny... straight shooting... funny.
D. Todd
Sep 12, 2007 D. Todd rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ANYONE
This is one of the best books I have ever read...period.
The ragin' cajun's got it right.
Hilarious and spot on!
Aimie Hansen
Love, love, LOVE this book!
my uncle made me read it...
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