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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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Jun 11, 2013 Angie rated it really liked it
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
Marty Greenwell
Nov 09, 2015 Marty Greenwell rated it really liked it
Written in the mid 1990's, this shows that liberal and Democratic party issues aren't that much different today. This was written to energize progressives, not as a learning device. I think James Carville writes in a funny, no BS way. Easy read
Feb 15, 2016 Bruinrefugee rated it it was ok
This book just confirms my generally low opinion of political hacks. It's a light, breezy read back in the bad old days of '96 (tongue in cheek). Where I learned that the Anti-Federalist Thomas Jefferson was a fan of a powerful central government. Who knew? While there's an interesting critique or two, it's almost ironic how "evil" the other side is for cutting govt. while he repeatedly brags of slashing 200,000 federal jobs. The stuff about budget deficits is downright cute in light of later de ...more
Aug 09, 2011 Matthew rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 18, 2008 Ken rated it it was ok
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
Feb 06, 2013 Amy Wolf rated it liked it
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 really liked it
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!
Jun 06, 2012 Pricia rated it liked it
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.
Feb 13, 2008 Bernadette rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
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
Oct 26, 2008 Will Byrnes rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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 it was amazing
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.
Oct 09, 2013 Alex rated it it was ok

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.
Jul 07, 2012 Peter rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics

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.
Dec 17, 2008 Drew rated it really liked it
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
Jul 14, 2013 Brady Dale rated it it was ok
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
Jul 29, 2011 Kirk Bower rated it really liked it
Carville's books are great. Funny...indepth...funny... straight shooting... funny.
D. Todd
Sep 12, 2007 D. Todd rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ANYONE
This is one of the best books I have ever read...period.
Jun 07, 2010 Marc rated it it was amazing
The ragin' cajun's got it right.
Jun 10, 2008 Doug rated it it was amazing
Hilarious and spot on!
Aimie Hansen
Oct 04, 2012 Aimie Hansen rated it it was amazing
Love, love, LOVE this book!
Jul 14, 2008 Rachel rated it it was ok
my uncle made me read it...
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James Carville is an former U.S. Marine, political consultant, commentator, actor, media personality and pundit. Known as "the Ragin' Cajun," Carville gained national attention for his work as the lead strategist of the successful presidential campaign of then-Arkansas governor Bill Clinton. Carville was the co-host of CNN's Crossfire until its final broadcast in June 2005. Since its cancellation, ...more
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