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Obama Zombies: How the Liberal Machine Brainwashed My Generation

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  449 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
In 2008, Barack Obama lobotomized a generation.

For an entire year, otherwise clear-thinking members of the most affluent, over-educated, information-drenched generation in American history fell prey to the most expensive, hi-tech, laser-focused marketing assault in presidential campaign history.

Twitter messages were machine-gunned to cell phones at mach speed.

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Published March 23rd 2010 by Threshold Editions (first published January 11th 2010)
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Amanda Lyons
May 25, 2010 Amanda Lyons rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've looked this one over and nope I wasn't brainwashed as the author claims. In fact most of the generation it discusses and those who voted for Obama as a whole made their decisions by researching information on both candidates via the internet rather than latching onto the "liberal media" and other such sources. Being young doesn't make us all gullible folks! In fact many of us have read, learned about or experienced the same parts of history that caused you to make an opposing decision!

June Junebug
Dec 14, 2010 June Junebug rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who knows not to take this book seriously.
Recommended to June Junebug by: Someone who took this book seriously.
→ Laughable in a "haha, this is so childish" sort.

→ No valid arguments to support theories.
→ Meant to be insulting so it may or may not be insulting depending on how you look at it.

If the book was meant to anger and/or make liberals laugh, then it got the job done. I like to read books to see the other people's opinions but I have only found one (Moral Politics : How Liberals and Conservatives Think; very unbiased and maturely well-written). I still have yet to find a book with oppos
Doug Hauser
May 09, 2010 Doug Hauser rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well done with the same cutting humor that is usually reserved for lefties Cobert and Stewert. I'm sure they wouldn't consider it funny though since they really lack any sense of humor at all. Young people read this book, enlighten yourself!
Dec 23, 2011 Barney rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
OK, so I don't really know where to start with this. Is it the constant use of "bro" in reference to Obama, or the constant use of the phrase "beta male" when writing about any TV talking head not named Hannity or O'Reilly? Beta male means "an unremarkable, careful man who avoids risk and confrontation" according to urbandictionary. com. In other words, pussies. I read this to see how one side is trying to reach out to the youth market. I will NEVER read another screed of this kind, regardless o ...more
Aug 07, 2012 Martina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this one with only a few ideas based on the title of the book. Had never heard of it and cam upon it by chance and it's been lying around for a while. I had this idea that it would be a critical commentary of the overwhelming gush that obama received upon election (thinking of the nobel prize and similar stuff) and just because the title's hyperbolic it wouldn't necessary be an interesting critique.

Holy crap on a cracker was I wrong. I wish I could give this book negative stars
May 24, 2010 Tressa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, 2010, nonfiction
Jason Mattera has some funny things to say about the twenty-somethings who played a big part in sweeping into office a man with very little experience; a man they put on a pedestal as a uniter and reformer, even though he is anything but.

I try not to cheapen anyone's vote by assuming they're voting for the wrong reasons, but, come on, even I'm cringing at some of the loopy, idealistic, unicorn-under-the-rainbow things Obama Zombies were caught on camera or in print saying and doing. The crying,
May 14, 2010 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every young person in America should read this book!
Steven Shroyer
Oct 13, 2012 Steven Shroyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First let me say something to all those 1 star reviews... IT'S CALLED OBAMA ZOMBIES YOU DUMBASSES, IT'S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE NEUTRAL! Now on to the review.

Being a former Obama Zombie(I can remember volunteers coming to my anime club for Christ sake) I can say this is a truly entertaining book. It basically spells out how Obama took advantage of the youth of this country by using the internet their basic lack of knowledge, and their love of celebrity culture. It is brutal, scathing and often times
Jun 22, 2010 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Making my teenager read this - however, I'm marking over some of the swear words (that the author directly quotes from others) and passages that may be inappropriate material. That being said, this book should be required reading for all youth before they vote in their 1st election as it will teach them a little something about what candidates & their handlers will do to get their vote; also, how to be a more savvy voter themselves. I knew the Obama team was up to no good, & it has been ...more
Jan 31, 2011 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, politics
Before picking this up I thought, "I already know all this stuff". But, decided to give it a try because I noticed the last chapter was about what we can do to help make sure no more zombies are created.

I appreciate the way the author breaks up the book into chapters dealing with the "hot-button" issues of the time. (This was published in March, 2010, so there's obviously a lot more to add now.) It starts out really angry sounding when he's writing about "manufacturing a crowd" with celebrities
Nov 03, 2012 Travis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Obama Zombies: or how I'm really bitter that my guy lost the election and being a loud and proud conservative meant I didn't get laid for two years.

Where to start with this mess of a book?

Here's his main argument: Obama was charismatic, articulate, cool, made use of social media, had the backing of a huge chunk of Hollywood and had a rock solid, on the ground, infrastructure and McCain was a lousy candidate, so the obvious conclusion is that Obama won because...College kids are dumb and Obama br
Carl Martinez
I highly recommend this book but at the same time it was hard for me to enjoy it. Growing up in the eighties over the years I've learned to detest the current and last few generations of "young" people from the Gen X'ers, Y2K generation, the hip-hop generation, etc., ...for a lot of other reasons besides political I might add. Unfortunately for years I cast aside the youth as irrelevant but reading Obama Zombies I felt as if I was in a wide-awakened nightmare where ObamaGirl and Oprah actually h ...more
Oct 13, 2010 Jay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Mattera is simply bashing douchey college kids and newscasters. "Meh, I'm a republican and I'm not used to kids being active in politics therefore they must be brainwashed. Mehhhh."
Jul 29, 2011 Dachokie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
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Arguably, the sudden ascension of Barack Obama can be credited to the youth generation's decision of choosing someone who seemed to echo their concerns, ideals and vision for the. The 24/7 news cycle seemed to chronicle this growing group of vociferous individuals in perpetu
Rob Bryant
Jan 28, 2013 Rob Bryant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Obama Zombies, subtitled 'How the Liberal Machine Brainwashed My Generation,' is a look into how President Obama won his bid for the presidency, and generally how the brainwashing of the young in America continues. It concentrates on how the left have centered their efforts on capturing the youth vote and the methods used. Mattera goes into depth on these things, and brings his own youthful banter into the fold with sarcastic critique. If you have ever read Conservative Victory by Sean Hannity, ...more
E. Scott Harvey
Jul 26, 2011 E. Scott Harvey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a terrific, eye-opening book. Mattera pulls no punches regarding the liberal BS that inspired - er, brainwashed - a generation of "zombies" as he calls them, sold out the the "anointed one" himself.

I especially enjoy his six-point battle plan at the end for awakening these zombies:

1) Get "back to the basics" - the unapologetic espousal of the core principles of conservatism. No more John McCain "RINO" candidates (Republican In Name Only).

2) "The job stimulus that wasnt" - drive home th
Brian S. Wise
It took me thirty-two pages to understand what bothered me about Obama Zombies, but once I did, it completely unraveled a book that didn’t have far to go. The problem isn’t that the premise is flawed; in fact the premise – that the Old Media, celebrities, and large sections of American youth were so captivated by Obama in 2008, and were so willingly blind to his many faults, that their dedication bordered on zombie-like – is unassailable. The problem also wasn’t the foundational research Jason M ...more
Feb 14, 2014 Ifor rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is dire.

I am not a fan of Obama, nor do I strongly support his policies. By doctrine, I consider myself a republican, I believe in small government and the freedom of the individual to choose.

I also believe when writing a critique of a politician it is important to uphold certain standards.

The first standard is to tell the truth. To criticise a man whilst decrying established, well researched facts reduces the argument to little more than a rant.

The second standard is to present evidence t
Mar 22, 2011 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, politics
Though I tended to agree with the ideology behind this book, and there are some gems of quotes in there as well, I couldn't bring myself to even finish it.

It reads more like insult comedy, than a quality political text. It tends to insult and deride progressives more than establishing why the author believes their political opinions are errant. Nor does it satisfactorily explain why conservatism and/or libertarianism is a better option. After 3 chapters, this got boring and I just put the book d
I couldn't finish this book, because it was awful and embarrassing. (Embarrassing for the author, not for me.)

Lest you believe it's because I'm a huge Obama fan and just didn't agree with the guy, that's not it at all. I voted for Obama the first time he ran and then didn't make that mistake a second time. I really did wonder how a Senator came out of relative obscurity and transformed the better part of a nation, specifically the younger crowd, into loving him like some kind of rock star.

What I
Apr 17, 2011 Ted rated it liked it
This book is exceptional. I sincerely hope that the Obama dog washers get offended by this book. The media has fallen all over themselves for the Manchurian Candidate. They purposely gave Obama more air time, purposely cast him in a favorable light, and purposely made him out to be a "cool, hip dude".

That leaves me to wonder; does the media also know Obama is laughing at them as they fellate him?
Jul 05, 2010 Joe rated it it was amazing
Written by 20-somthing investigative journalist Jason Matera, this book shows exaclty how Barack Obama was able to come out of virtually nowhere to become President of the United States.

Matera's book is not flattering to Obama and not flattering to the 21-35 age demographic, whom Matera claims drank the Obama Koolaide, without first finding out who the man really was.

Captivating read.
Aug 02, 2011 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're anti Obama this is the book to read, and if you know someone who is far too obsessed with Obama then hand this book off to them.
As one who was NOT taken in by all the slobbering hype over BO either from the liberal media or the Hollywood mentally challenged who really have no idea what they're talking about, I enjoyed this book for the straightforward way in which the hype balloon was burst. I happen to believe if the media and Hollywood wealthy who have more money than brains and represent everything BO says he's against attack another political candidate and belittle his brave service to his country, they ought to at l ...more
Aug 20, 2012 Garrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
For those interested in the 2008 Presidential Campaign, this is a great book to read. Mattera does an excellent job of parsing through why Obama's campaign was so successful--and why McCain's was so awful. Further than that, he goes on to explain why his generation (Gen Y, Millenials, etc) was hoodwinked by Obama's pie-in-the-sky promises. Mattera closes with 6 concrete steps that conservatives can--and must--make to win the hearts and minds of the younger generations. In a battle of style vs. s ...more
Jun 14, 2012 Matthew rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Short and sweet: I didn't give this book a one star because I identify as a leftist. I am myself disgusted with liberalism, something Jason Mattera displays in only the fashion Republican youth are capable of. The pop-culture monster that helped get Barack Obama elected *is* something to be studied and discussed, but to suggest that whatever the youth of the United States felt toward the now President was completely manufactured is the weakest analysis. How dare you discount the feelings of a na ...more
James Malone
This book seems like it was written more to piss off "libs" than it was to actually make a valid point. My original purpose for reading it was to get a point of view that was different than mine. I mostly just found myself feeling attacked, and really tried to give Mattera the benefit of the doubt despite that, but I knew it was hopeless when the author started citing Ann Coulter as an expert. Sheesh.
Jul 11, 2012 Eric rated it really liked it
Good book, but only the begining and end really dealt specifically with Obama's campaign. The remainder revolved around liberalism in general, which was written well, but not really what I was expecting. Still, overall it was a well written book that tells a lot about how liberal ideas are being marketed to the youth of America.
Jun 26, 2010 MG rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written from the perspective of a "Generation X"/"Millennial" conservative. VERY humorous, and very insightful.
Lana Glover
Feb 18, 2014 Lana Glover rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read for anyone that is as perplexed as I am about how in the world 0bama got elected into any office, let alone the Presidency.
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Jason Mattera is a New York Times bestselling author and the youngest editor of a national periodical, Human Events.

In 2010, Mattera’s debut book, Obama Zombies: How the Liberal Machine Brainwashed My Generation, landed at #14 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Mattera has appeared on virtually every major talk radio and television program, including: The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity, Fox & Fr
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