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Independents Day: Awakening the National Spirit

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The bestselling author of War on the Middle Class looks at the critical issues and challenges of the 2008 election

In Independents Day, Lou Dobbs examines the public policy choices over the past thirty years that have eroded individual liberties, disenfranchised the middle class, reduced worker rights and pay, and led our nation into social and political division at home
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 6th 2007 by Viking
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R.C.
Jun 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
I got this super cheap (probably less than $0.50) years ago and I'm not sure I got my moneys worth. There didn't seem to be much of a point to this book, other than to point out a bunch of things that is wrong with America and then hope people to go out and fix it. No vision, no plan, just here, this is what's wrong, now go do something. It's no better than watching the news, which makes sense since this guy is a talking head.

The reading was simple and easy (I was practicing speed reading, fini
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John
Jul 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
Hyperbole and opinion do not make for a good read; unless the author is being sardonic and it's expected. While there's some good thoughts in this book; I don't have time to read what amounts to a regurgitation of a (former) commentator's viewpoints.

Were his points backed-up by factual evidence, statements such as, "These lofty elites wield their awesome social, economic, and political powers without apparent regard for the common good, the national interest, or the traditional values that have
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Angel
I just did not find this book as appealing as the other book of his I read (War on the Middle Class). He makes some good points in terms of how corporations have pretty much bought the political parties lock, stock, and barrel. That the political parties, the major two, are pretty much two sides of the same coin, is a given that he discusses as well. It's an important point to make, but then again, the book is pretty similar in tone to the other one. So, if you have read one of his books, you ar ...more
Carol Schultz
Nov 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'm giving this a 5 because although I have seen all the different pieces I had not put them all together to see that illegal immigration, outsourcing, failure to deal with drug and alcohol abuse, and the rise in pharmaceutical prices are all part of the same animal over running this country. He has lots of good statistics and vocabulary which I always appreciate. The one section I felt was disappointing was on education. Interesting stats but his conclusions were superficial. He did tend to rep ...more
Robert
Feb 19, 2008 rated it it was ok
Parts of it were a little too long-winded and too political for my own liking. Still though I did learn some interesting things about issues with American Government (dealing with both Democrats and Republicans). One issue that Dobbs details is how the United States government is selling away the rights to some of their major highways and airports to International firms for 50-99 year deals, and how this could affect America in the future. If there is one other thing that I learned in this book ...more
Joan
Jan 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
I listen to CNN streaming news all day long at work and have a habit of sending in comments to both Lou Dobbs Tonight and The Cafferty Files. Well, one of my comments got read on-air and I received a copy of Lou's latest book in return. A populist and socialist, and self-proclaimed "advocacy journalist", Lou believes "disregard for the will of the people" is the new status quo among the government and business elite. Independents Day is a straightforward and thoughtful read, and makes me want to ...more
Joe
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellently written, whether the content is agreeable or not. It does exactly what the title suggests: awaken. The figures, situations, and arguments presented are meant to instill a sense of urgency, anger, and ultimately, informed political action. The book does not propose HOW to take action, but it never pretended to do so.
Ray
Jun 20, 2008 rated it liked it
For those familiar with his TV show and commentary, I doubt if there will be many surprises in the book. Dobbs taks both the Republican and Democratic Party to task, and for good reason in my estimation. Some of the examples he provides in his book are enlightening about the state of America, and for that reason, I think it's a worthwhile read.
Sue Boros
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
his book isn't about Politics but about our day to day life. If you live here and want to make a better life for your family's future this is a great read to get a foundation from which to make decisions in future elections.


Tony
Dec 13, 2008 rated it it was ok
I liked Lou Dobbs when he hosted the financial show on TV. Now he is an old mouthy fart injecting his opinion about all the ills of the world. I do respect him bashing the Democrats and Republicans equally. His premise is that we need a new "independent" party to lead the nation.
Eric
Sep 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Great book. Another one that all Americans should read. And just like "War on the Middle Class" I didn't agree with everything that Lou said but I think he is right on with about 95% of it.
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Lou Dobbs is an American television personality, author, and radio host. Dobbs joined the FOX Business Network in November of 2010. He is the host of Lou Dobbs Tonight, a primetime program featuring a breakdown of the day's top stories and how they impact the economy. He had previously anchored Lou Dobbs Tonight on CNN until November 2009 . For his reporting, he has won the Emmy, Peabody, and Cabl ...more
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