I've seen Ann Coulter on television numerous times and her speaking style is very tongue-in-cheek. Unfortunately, so is her writing style. It was diffI've seen Ann Coulter on television numerous times and her speaking style is very tongue-in-cheek. Unfortunately, so is her writing style. It was difficult to tell whether she was trying to be funny or seriously driving a point home.
This was a very informative book. A lot of good information about book publishers and print media in general. It's been several weeks since I read the book so I can't point anything out specifically. I can say that there were a lot of times I had to put the book down and say , "Huh, I never knew that" or "Wow, I hadn't thought of that perspective before."
I would definitely recommend this book to those who want an insight on how the Left hypocritically slams the Right.
But first, try to check out Ann on television or on radio so you can get a feel for her style. It will help when you read the book....more
I'd seen Chris Matthews' show Hardball and was really looking forward to reading his book. The title alone got me interested. The inner workings of WaI'd seen Chris Matthews' show Hardball and was really looking forward to reading his book. The title alone got me interested. The inner workings of Washington. Maybe now I'll understand why things are the way they are.
I read almost half of the book and came away with only two basic premises that were repeated and exampled ad nauseum.
1. Get to know everyone you can. They could help you in the future.
2. Be nice to your enemies. They could help you in the future.
This would have been a good book if Matthews made a point and backed it up with a pertinent story or two. Unfortunately, it was a story or ten. I found myself reading the first paragraph or two of a topic, then skipping to the next subject. Ok, Chris, I get your point. We've beaten the horse. Let's move on.
Maybe it was his writing style that couldn't hold my interest. Who knows. After a while I got tired of it all....more
This book was very easy to read. Any difficulties I had with it were because of the enormous number of people, political parties, and movements that wThis book was very easy to read. Any difficulties I had with it were because of the enormous number of people, political parties, and movements that were competing for power in post-WWI Germany. When German words or phrases were used, the author would provide an English translation. This book answered every question I had about the rise to power of Adolf Hitler. But it raised one important question that was left unanswered.
The book detailed why and how Hitler got interested in politics and government. It outlined (but didn't dwell on) his youth, family, and upbringing. This formed a basis for why Hitler was the way he was. It followed Hitler through his involvement in World War I, and the betrayal the military felt from the German government over the Treaty of Versailles. In my opinion, this treaty was solely responsible for sending the German economy into the toilet. The value of the German Mark was plummeting so fast that workers were being paid every morning. That money was given to wives to buy groceries that morning because that same amount of money couldn't buy a cup of coffee that evening.
Also there were a large number of political parties (around 40). And it seemed like they had elections every year. Each party had it's own military. Their elections were solely democratic. You were given seats in the government based on the number of votes your party received. For this reason alone I'm thankful we live in a Republic. After World War I Germany was desperate for a someone to solve all their problems. Hitler said and promised all the right things. A lot of these were out-and-out lies, but he said what people wanted to hear. He was an extraordinary speaker. On several occasions he started a speech in front of a room full of doubters and by the end of the evening would have them standing and cheering. A popular topic for him was anti-Semitism. What was really shocking to me was how strong the anti-Jewish movement was in Germany. This wasn't something Hitler believed and convinced others to believe too. There were numerous references to people and attitudes that were not at all friendly to Jews. This was the one question that I formed while reading that never got answered. So much anti-Semitism, but no compelling reason why.
I would whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone wanting to know how a man like Hitler could have been brought to power. It was well-written, and fairly easy to follow. Very enlightening....more
I wrote this review quickly because my wife told me she was sick of looking at Hillary's face on the cover. If she had only read the book. There is soI wrote this review quickly because my wife told me she was sick of looking at Hillary's face on the cover. If she had only read the book. There is so much more of Hillary Clinton about which to be freightened other than her face.
I got this book thinking it would be a behind-the-scenes look at Hillary's White House conduct. The title is what a Secret Service memo said would happen if a desire of the First Lady's wasn't carried out. The book turned out to be a biography. A lot of her history is well known. "Goldwater Girl". Conservative parents. The author, Barbara Olson, was one of the special prosecutors that investigated Filegate and Travelgate. These two scandals are outlined in gruesome detail.
What I didn't know was her radical college life. She supported the Black Panthers, and idolized radical left-wing activist Saul Alinsky. Quotes from his book "Rules For Radicals" are featured at the beginning of each chapter. Particularly revealing were her papers written for various law journals that promote the government taking over child-rearing. Child's rights, in the form of lawyers assigned at birth to represent the interests of every child. Major issues in children's lives would not be decided by parents, but by judges. She learned from civil rights activist Marion Wright Edelman, founder of the Children's Defense Fund, that tying an issue with the "protection of children" makes it easy to push your agenda. If people oppose your issue, they are opposing children. She worked for the prosecution in the Watergate case. Frequently assigned to find "dirt" on Nixon and his accomplices. You might say she was part of the "vast left-wing conspiracy".
She has a paranoid attitude to much of what she does, preferring to do work in secret. HillaryCare, the great socialized medicine fiasco was such a private matter that no one knew who was on the committee (that at one time reached 500).
It was common knowledge that she knew full well of her husband's womanizing. She used her husband's charisma to propel her (and her radical left-wing idealogy) into a position of power.
This was a very informative look into the writings, behaviors, and (ultimately) behind-the-scenes peek into the actions and "training" of Hillary into the person she is today. ...more
Although I don't remember specifics about this book, I do remember it being a fascinating breakdown on what has gone wrong with our education system.Although I don't remember specifics about this book, I do remember it being a fascinating breakdown on what has gone wrong with our education system. It's broken down into 3 parts. The first part (elementary schools) discusses the brainwashing of children and the promoting of the education system's ideologies at the expense of parental ideologies. The second part (colleges and universities) deals with admissions criteria, "preachy" professors, double standards, and athletics. The third section is an assessment of where we are heading and what we can do about it.
My only criticism (of myself rather than the author) is that Sowell writes over my head. I have three of his other books (The Vision of the Anointed, The Quest For Cosmic Justice) that I couldn't finish because they were too difficult to understand. I find myself reading sentences and paragraphs several times because I hadn't the faintest idea what he was talking about. What can I say, I like conversational writing as opposed to a master's thesis....more
This was the attitude of the Clintons during their final days in office. They had absolute control ove"Stroke of a pen, law of the land" - Bill Clinton
This was the attitude of the Clintons during their final days in office. They had absolute control over monuments, land grabs, and pardons.
Barbara Olson does a masterful job detailing the things done by the Clintons (usually Bill) in the last few days of his administration. What impressed me the most is the level of detail that is presented on each topic. This was something that I had not been presented with from the standard media outlets.
Olson explains the pardon process and why this president's pardons were so unusual. He bypassed or ignored the Justice Department. He submitted numerous pardons the morning of the inaguration guaranteeing they wouldn't be looked into with any great detail, if at all.
He pardoned drug smugglers. It's hard to be tough on the drug world when we release their kingpins back onto the streets.
Olson went into great depth on who Marc Rich was, what his businesses were, why he was in trouble, and why it was such a travesty to pardon him. You just don't pardon people who haven't even had a trial yet.
There was an enormous amount of land that was commandeered by the Federal Government without anyone getting a say on it.
The Clinton family gets in on the party also. Roger Clinton and Hugh Rodham take up a couple of chapters.
Finally, we see quotes from a lot of Clinton apologists and Democratic big-wigs displaying their disappointment and outright anger at the President for getting around the system. It was obvious that since Bill was no longer president, they didn't need to stick up for him anymore.
There was also much analysis done on the op-ed piece that Bill wrote expaining the pardons. This was truly a spinmeister work of art. As one columnist put it, "Four excuses, eight lies."
I enjoyed reading this book. Not because it bashed the Clintons, yet again. But it explained in great detail why people inside the Beltway were so appalled and upset at what was done by the Clintons during their final days in power. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in one of the few things the President of the United States has absolute authority over with no veto possible....more
This book starts out as a history of the fast food restaurant. It concentrates specifically on McDonalds, but does touch on others as well. It explainThis book starts out as a history of the fast food restaurant. It concentrates specifically on McDonalds, but does touch on others as well. It explains how McDonalds captured the nation and became the prototype for a fast food restaurant. There's also good history on the french fry and how the franchise industry works. A lot of the rest of the book goes into great detail on the entire fast food industry and the meat processing industry. The crime, abuse, and the injuries. In my opinion, this book was a thinly veiled attempt to put down big business, the meat industry, and the fast food industry.
The most telling part of the book was the story of one slaughterhouse owner, Ken Monfort. He was described as a "liberal Democrat" who treated his employees very well, and he got along with the union. All the employees liked him. Then after a bad experience with the union over cost-cutting, he becomes a "conservative Republican" and starts acting like all the other slaughterhouse owners. Mr. Schlosser, you broke the number one rule of successful propoganda. Don't reveal the real purpose behind your book. Have faith that your readers will figure out your message that liberal Democrats are caring and compassionate while conservative Republicans are greedy and heartless.
McDonalds began marketing to kids. You get the kids to like your food, you've got a customer for life. The kids will also pester their parents into taking them to McDonalds. The parents will also eat there. Translation: McDonalds lures unsuspecting children and gets them hooked on their processed food. They are a corporate drug addict. Reality: Kids have no power. They can't make money or drive. It's up to parents to take them to the restaurant and buy the food. To make the corporation's marketing plan fail, don't buy them the food. It's an excellent marketing scheme though, but very risky.
McDonald's implemented assembly line technology taken from the auto industry in an effort to require less skilled restaurant workers. With less human intervention, a hamburger in New York tastes just like a hamburger in Montana. These workers would not have to be paid more than minimum wage, and could work part time to keep McDonalds from paying benefits. Who is the largest supplier of labor that doesn't require a lot of money to support families and pay bills? High schools. (In recent years retirees have also entered into that arena). Translation: McDonalds wants unskilled labor unfamiliar with the real world. They can use and abuse them because the workers won't know any better. Reality: McDonalds was a pioneer of the restaurant industry. They took a huge risk in finding a way to make food service fast, easy, and yes, require less skilled workers. There is a purpose for minimum wage jobs. To get people into the work force. Get them used to working for a living. Young people have no marketable skills. These jobs are stepping stones, not careers.
One of the truly fascinating parts of this book was the time spent describing flavors and scents. How artificial flavors were created and how restaurants (McDonalds) use certain types of scents to turn ordinary food into a mouth-watering, gotta-have-it creation. Translation: Restaurants spend lots of time and money luring people into eating things that they otherwise would never eat. Reality: Good marketing and capitilization on human behavior. Give the people what they want.
There was a detailed description of the inner-workings of the meatpacking industry. These plants usually hire unskilled, Mexican illegals to kill and slice up dead cows all day long. It's a dirty, smelly, dangerous job. Sharp objects are flailing away everywhere you look. It's presented to us as though it's slave labor. When a worker gets dismembered or killed they drag him off and stick someone else in his place. There is also a constant struggle between the corporations and unions. Translation: This work environment is disgusting and dangerous and you should be repulsed any time you eat meat. Reality: This work environment is disgusting and dangerous. So are a lot of other jobs. But, we are carnivores and they make our lives easier by not making us kill and process our own food. Plus, the workers don't seem to mind. They're happy to make more in a day that they used to make in a week back in Mexico.
There's also the obligatory section on E-Coli and how you take your life into your hands when you eat fast food. The caring, compassionate Democrats were on the verge of providing us with a safe, pleasant restaurant experience. But, alas, those evil, greedy Republicans wrestled control of Congress away and thwarted all the legislation meant to protect people. The big, evil corporations now continue to poision us with their test-tube food. Translation: Processed food is filled with deadly poisions. Reality: Everything is filled with deadly poisons.
As much as I ragged on this book, it was very interesting. The history of the industries, how the fast food industry works, the marketing, the competition. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in this industry. But be forwarned of what I thought was the author's true motive....more
This is the only book that has made me want to run for public office. The IRS and Congress's motto should be:
If it moves, tax it. If it doesn't move, tThis is the only book that has made me want to run for public office. The IRS and Congress's motto should be:
If it moves, tax it. If it doesn't move, tax it. It it doesn't fit in either catagory, tax it.
This book was an eye-opening look inside the IRS, our tax system, and the Federal Government's dependency on it. It's simply amazing the things that are taxed. The author discusses in depth the history behind many of these taxes and why they are either outdated or just plain ridiculous.
In the end he offers his solution, which is found in all his other government-based books. Nuke the IRS, repeal the sixteenth amendment, and institute a National Sales Tax. He also suggests ways of streamlining the government, closing agencies and departments that serve no purpose. These include the Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, Department of Education, Rural Electrification Administration, Interstate Commerce Commision, Helium Reserve, Essential Air, and the Small Business Administration (which has an enormous loan default rate).
This is an excellent book. One warning...I guarantee after reading this book you will be so fed up with the IRS and our means of taxation and waste that you'll (hopefully) run for office just to clean it up....more
To me Nolan Ryan was the poster boy for hard work and humility. A class act, as they say in the media. I picked this book up hoping to find out somethTo me Nolan Ryan was the poster boy for hard work and humility. A class act, as they say in the media. I picked this book up hoping to find out something about Nolan that I never knew about him or had somehow missed. What I took from this book was that Nolan expected a certain amount of respect for being an elder statesman of Major League Baseball. Even more so, he couldn't understand how gifted athletes wouldn't work to keep themselves in shape to survive more than five years in the league.
This book was written in 1992, so Nolan had not yet retired.
The book's chapters deal with Nolan's opinions, growing up, and baseball. The opinion chapters are pretty much what I expected from Nolan; laid back, hard work, conservative beliefs. He adores his wife Ruth for putting her life on hold to raise kids and deal with his being gone a lot. The one thing he wants to do more than anything when he retires is spend time making up for lost time. He has a chapter dedicated to each of the teams he played for; Mets, Angels, Astros, and Rangers. He gives more of his opinions on "today's" ballplayers and other odds and ends.
The one part I thought was not needed was the last chapter on next year's Rangers. Oh sure, I got to hear about Ivan Rodriguez, Dean Palmer, and Juan Gonzalez before they were big stars, but hey, most of the players are gone along with the '93 season. So who really cares?
All in all, it was an interesting book for anyone wanting to know about Nolan Ryan, from Nolan Ryan. Unfortunately, his description of himself and his baseball career was a lot like I expected....more
Clinton Fatigue. It's the reaction people have when they hear O.J. hit his girlfriend, or they found Jeffrey Dahmer's cookbook. Yeah, so?
This was yetClinton Fatigue. It's the reaction people have when they hear O.J. hit his girlfriend, or they found Jeffrey Dahmer's cookbook. Yeah, so?
This was yet another book on Hillary Clinton. This one tells by example why she is the way she is. It was very well-written. I read it in two days.
One of the key sections of this book is a meeting between Hillary and entertainment executives. The author happened to be at the house in the kitchen. She fired up her tape recorder and got the entire speech. Mrs. Clinton was railing into the execs about the content of their movies and shows. I started to feel that maybe Hillary isn't that self-absorbed. Maybe her "caring about children" isn't really just talk. Then the author reveals she (Noonan) made the whole thing up. It would have been really nice if Hillary HAD made this speech. But Noonan's point had been made. Hillary wouldn't do the right thing at the expense of her political career, her "friends", or her cash flow.
Noonan examines what Mrs. Clinton has accomplished in her career. Nothing. She's never authored one piece of legislation, or lowered taxes. There was the Health Care Reform debacle that she headed. She worked for a short time at the Rose Law Firm. She and her supporters talk about her leadership, her experience, and her ability to get things done. Huh?
She has lived in government housing for over twenty years. She's never picked the kids up from school, cleaned house, run errands, fixed dinner, paid bills, gone to sleep exhausted, and gotten up the next day to do it all again. When Chelsea was a baby she tried to hire a nanny to look after her and claim it was "extra security". And yet she seems to have all the answers as to how the government should take care of children and families. She wrote articles in the '70s about how divorce and the women's movement was deteriorating the nuclear family, and because of this the government should step in and raise the kids. The other fascinating aspect of Mrs. Clinton was revealed in an interview with a close friend of Hillary's. She refused to say anything specific, but showed Noonan the book Borderline Conditions and Pathological Narcissism. In summary, she says Bill and Hillary need to be loved and admired by others, but they also have a very inflated concept of themselves. It's a vicious circle. Without mass approval their concept of themselves falls. In other words, they need to be in our lives for a long, long time.
This was an eye-opening and fascinating book. Not because we hear about all the scandals and problems with Hillary. But because we learn why she is the way she is.