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American Taliban: How War, Sex, Sin, and Power Bind Jihadists and the Radical Right

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“We all agree with the Taliban.”—Rush Limbaugh, October 9, 2009

America’s primary international enemy—Islamic radicalism—insists on government by theocracy, curtails civil liberties, embraces torture, represses women, wants to eradicate homosexuals from society, and insists on the use of force over diplomacy. Remind you of a certain American political party? In American Tal
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Justin
Sep 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
Nothing I really didn't already know, being a liberal political junkie for many years now, but it was great to see all the examples of "Oh, I can't believe they did it" compiled all together in one place. It would have been nice if the analysis went a little further than it does, or maybe even some suggestions on how we can move forward, but all in all, a quick and worthy read.

What bugs me is the people who decried the book, without reading it, saying things like "come on, conservatives aren't a
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Luis Miguel Luna
Mar 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“We all agree with the Taliban.”
—Rush Limbaugh, October 9, 2009

I picked up American Taliban as an impulse buy when Borders went out of business. It was marked down to about half price and I’m familiar with Markos Moulitsas. Moulitsas, @Markos on twitter, is the founder of the Daily Kos and a CurrentTV contributor. He’s as big a Progressive in the public eye as you can find. Good enough reasons for me.

As an Anti-Theist, I liked his subject matter on this one. From the cover, I thought the book wo
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Dave Schumaker
As I was reading this book, I found myself struggling with how I ultimately felt about it. In some chapters, it was a stunning and enlightening exposé on the ridiculously absurd policies held by the extreme right of the political spectrum. But in other chapters, it resorted to simple and immature mockery.

One of the arguments of the book is how civil discourse in this country has been compromised by ignorant citizens, complicit mainstream media, and impotent politicians -- which is a fair point.
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Anton
Dec 28, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Nothing earth-shattering or particularly new, if you are a liberal who's been paying attention for the past few years, but not a bad read. My two problems with this book are: 1) since it is written by a blogger, it occasionally becomes just a mocking rant (somewhat expected, obviously) and 2) I am not sure if I am comfortable with calling the extreme right 'American Taliban' -- it seems like stooping to their level of calling Obama 'Hitler' (that said, Moulitsas shows that those people are distu ...more
Randall
Oct 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Markos Moulitsas (of Daily Kos) explains "how war, sex, sin, and power bind jihadists and the radical right." His examples of the parallelism between jihad terrorists and radical rightists are frightening and prove once and for all that we can't defeat the terrorists by adopting their weapons.
K
Jan 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book offers a solid comparison of the tactical and ideological similarities between the Islamic Taliban and the American political Right-wing. That said, there is an inflammatory tone that may turn off moderates and will likely prevent the people who would benefit most from understanding the similarities (namely those on the political Right) from absorbing any of the points made and conclusions drawn. But this is not a book for moderates and right-wingers: this is a book for the Left to hav ...more
Deana Baker
The fact that Moulitsas is a blogger is apparent in his rambling conversationsal style. Even though I agree with the points that he is making the delivery is not persuasive and verges on a rant. I wish there were 3.5 stars because it is somewhere closer to that in my apprasial.
Joel
Nov 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, politics
religious fundamentalists of all stripes are assholes
Book
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
American Taliban: How War, Sex, Sin, and Power Bind Jihadists and the Radical Right by Markos Moulitsas

"American Taliban" is an appropriately titled book. It's a book about how the American right resembles the theocratic views of the Islamic radicals. In an irreverent and yet informative way Markos Moulitsas provides a recent history and progression of how the American far right is in essence no different than the Islamic radicals that they themselves claim to be opposed. This 256-page book is
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Sylvia Moore
I had the pleasure of meeting Markos a few months ago at a talk he gave about this book. The event was organized by a group I volunteer for. He wrote a message in the book for me, addressing it to my DailyKos handle. I've finally read the book and I thought that Markos deftly proved his point about the danger of rightwing extremism and the fact that we must all take it more seriously. The seriousness of the subject matter was nicely balanced by touches of biting of humor. Markos shows how patent ...more
Matthew
Jan 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
I'm a bit conflicted about this book. On the one hand, I like Kos's writing, and I read Daily Kos, well, daily. Sometimes I write a diary, too. But I feel that the central metaphor of the book, the whole "radical right=Taliban of America" bit, was just tacked-on and not much use. On the gripping hand, it was a witty, sarcastic take-down of the radical right. Maybe this would have done better without the Taliban comparisons, since I was horrified enough at the outrageously stupid opinions voiced ...more
Susan
Sep 10, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got an eBook passed to me from a Twitter chum.

Admit I skipped some of it because I found some the details, well boring in just a few spots and hard to read (too painful) in others. But the majority was readable and it went fast.

I think I have a problem with the word "Taliban" used generically as I do with what the term "conservative" means in my mind still, compared to what it really means today. I guess it's because I don't want to believe that zealots worldwide truly believe, though facts poin
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Adr
Sep 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Burned through this book in days. It highlights the ideological (and methodological) similarities between the totalitarianist fringe of Islam and the Christian right in our own country. It's told with a fair amount of pith and a great many examples; it is most powerful when it asks you to guess if a give quote was made by a member of the US Right or the Taliban. Penned by the founder of the Daily Kos blog, it is unlikely to win any converts to progressive causes, but nevertheless is an unexpecte ...more
Chuck
Jan 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has some interesting stories and some recent history. I learned a few new things from the book. It presents an argument that the religious right and radical islam share a lot in common and share common techniques. I consider this book good reading for the liberal crowd, filled with reasonable arguments concerning the dangerous path the conservative movement has taken in the last twenty years. This book is best looked at as a book on politics, not as book on political science or politic ...more
Elyssa
Feb 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liberals like myself will find little new information in this book, but it is well structured and the examples of the flawed reasoning of the radical right are strong. The main limitation of the book is the writer's snarky writing which could be alienating to more moderate voters. I think if he toned that down, the book would be much more effective.
Terry
Oct 15, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly hacktacular, given that Markos' strength as a blogger is that he usually keeps it fair yet aggressive. It's sad too because I enjoyed his last two books (which were more about strategy than ideology) and frankly I agree with his central point. It's okay in points, but for anyone who gets the concept already, it's not essential.
Jim
Jan 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plenty of good information and some humor, but I wish this was a little less rabid, and a little more objective. The presented evidence is very strong, but the hyperbolic style puts me off and lowers my trust. A worthwhile read, nevertheless.
Johnny Carson
Aug 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book,.
Shiloh H
Obviously liberal leaning but its got a lot a truth and is an easy read.
Kelly Bragg
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yep, another FAB read by Markos.
Christina
Sep 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Book #38
Dane Mamula
Sep 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now THIS is a good left-leaning book. Objective to the point of criticism of both sides of the aisle, and a fresh take on a somewhat taboo subject. Good stuff here.
Jarad Huffman
Mar 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read. A rehash of all of the absurd, Right-wing extremists and their plots to control society.
C. Witch
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Important topic. Readers can miss certain similarities, no matter what their political inclinations.
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Founder and publisher of Daily Kos, a blog focusing on liberal and Democratic Party politics in the United States.

He is also a weekly columnist at the Washington, D.C. newspaper, The Hill, and a contributing columnist at Newsweek.
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