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100 People Who Are Screwing Up America: (and Al Franken Is #37) Paperback – May 11 2006

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Broadside Books; 1 edition (May 11 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060761296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060761295
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 13.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #651,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 9 2006
Format: Paperback
This expanded paperback edition of the bestseller now includes 10 additional wreckers, including Ramsey Clark, Fred Phelps and the five Supreme Court judges who handed down the eminent domain ruling that facilitates the expropriation of private land.

The book is an addictive read that inspires emotions ranging from incredulity, shock and amusement to disgust, revulsion and sadness at the plight of the victims. Fortunately Goldberg's witty observations mostly succeed in serving as antidote to the disturbing revelations.

The author identifies the problem in the introduction: society has become indiscriminately tolerant of bad behaviour. The pendulum has swung from judgmentalism to the unquestioned acceptance of the vulgar, the nasty and the downright evil. Most decent people seem to be too intimidated to complain or resist.

In the introductory chapters, the types of characters that make up the list are discussed by category. These comprise America Bashers, Hollywood Blowhards, TV Schlockmeisters, News Division Schlockmeisters, Rap Musicians, Trial Lawyers, Multicultural Relativists, Racial Enforcers, White Collar Thugs, Sex Warriors and Radicals writers.

Some entries on the list are dismissed with a single word (Courtney Love) or a sentence (Michael Jackson), whilst others comprise up to five pages. Certain entries are titled by characterization instead of name, like The Dumb Celebrity (Cameron Diaz), The Vicious Celebrity (Alec Baldwin), and the Dumb And Vicious Celebrity (Linda Ronstadt). Malignant narcissism seems to the problem in many cases.
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Bernard Goldberg attempts to accomplish what many have on both sides of the political spectrum, take aim at figures who distort facts, spew idiocy or hatred and are just a liability to society as a whole (as the author sees it anyway). This seems a risky endeavor, as I believe almost no reader will agree with Goldberg's assessment of every person on the list, as Goldberg himself admits. While there are those who would passionately defend Michael Savage or Al Franken or any number of self-professed experts, analysts or celebrities on both sides of the political spectrum masquerading as humans with a working brain, this book is an interesting and often insightful read (Who knew Al Sharpton was a pompous anti-Semite?).
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
A fun list even if I disagree with some of it April 14 2008
By General Pete - Published on
Format: Paperback
No one is going to have a list that is exactly 100% the same but what is interesting about this list is that everyone can find something that they like about it. Don't judge a book by its cover in this case because while some might be quick to dismiss it as a knee jerk republican manifesto it really isn't.

Those I liked

Two people on the list whose names escape me who are screwing up American education by the demon of self esteem. One of these people is on record as saying that "it doesn't matter that student X thinks that 2+2=5 he did try after all and he is still a winner." Ok kid see how well that attitude works for you in college.

The one word description of #56 Courtney Love is just classic

The crowning achievement of this list for me is Peter Singer(30 something) who has made a lot of friends among my fellow disabled people by saying that disabled children should be either aborted or killed at birth for the betterment of the species. This would be bad enough however Mr. Singer says that you can kill a baby up to a month old that shows signs of weakness or frailty he equates this to returning a car that turned out to be a lemon.

On behalf of disabled people everywhere Mr. Singer thanks very much its always good to feel loved and cared for which I always thought was the true mark of an enlightened society.

Now I have issues with the book four of them actually Rodney King, Jesse Jackson and Michel Moore way too predictable. Other then that I found the book to be throughly entertaining.
24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
An Important Read for Every American. May 28 2007
By Ivan Price Jr. - Published on
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No matter what your politics are, you need to read this book. (And before you liberal Democrats turn up your nose let me remind you that Goldberg himself is a Democrat who has never voted for a Republican.) Goldberg is one of the last truly moral, decent people in this country. In this easy, quick read he exposes the smut pushers, flim-flam artists, phonies and crooks for who and what they really are. Some of whom would have us believe that they are socially-conscious nobles.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Conservative Comedy at its Best Oct. 30 2007
By Greg Guy - Published on
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This list-style book is wildly entertaining. I am a moderate and I still agree with much of the content. Goldberg calls out liberal cowardice and even neo-cons on ignorant decisions and views on socioeconomic issues facing our nation. Just for fun, he even throws in some pop culture figures that are wasting our space.

I recommend this for anyone who dislikes liberals, neo-cons, Hollywood elitists and anyone with a good sense of humor. Of course, conservatives will love this book.

Genuine entertainment for anyone who is not an extremist or idealogue.
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A Broad Range of Targets March 24 2008
By Jan Peczkis - Published on
Format: Paperback
Bernard Goldberg provides opinions that are food for thought--whether or not one agrees with him. The introductory section includes scathing criticisms of the media for its bias, Hollywood for its pompousness and arrogance, and academia for its political correctness and selective sensitivities. He also has choice words for the professional America haters, and for the purveyors of frivolous lawsuits. Goldberg decries the coarsening of the American culture, including the prevalence of public profanity. He points out that we could have retained the civility of the 1950's while doing away with its racial and gender prejudices.

In his original-100 list, reproduced here, Goldberg criticizes Michael Savage and Jimmy Swaggart for what he considers their intemperate rhetoric. He sees Jesse Jackson as someone who, unlike Martin Luther King, divides rather than unites, and who is a hog for the cameras. Goldberg chides Judge Moore for breaking the law. He sees Gloria Steinem, and other feminists, as hypocrites for looking the other way while former President Clinton preyed on women. Goldberg sees former President Jimmy Carter as soft on dictators.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great, but could have been more balanced Sept. 5 2008
By Matt - Published on
Format: Paperback
Very good book. He doesn't freely hurl labels, he gives credit where due (for the most part) and backs up his statements with facts (unlike Michael Moore's Stupid White Men). I am non-partisan but lean a bit to the right; however, I would have liked the book more if he would have balanced the list a bit. Of the 100 people, I'd think 15 or 20, at least, would be Republicans.

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