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American Feud: A History of Conservatives and Liberals

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A College Professor, PA Aug. 29 2008
By Mike - Published on Amazon.com
In the back and forth common to cable TV punditry, we tend to forget the serious complexities of American politics. Fary and Hall's American Feud revisits what is a deep history of American political ideology.

The book is obviously well timed for the election year cycle. But what appeals most is its refusal to reduce the discourse to focus group banalities that overwhelm reasonable discussion much less accurate definitions of the way American voters think and act.

The spectrum of writers, historians, and pundits featured in American Feud is impressive. From Thomas Frank to G. Gordon Liddy, the filmmakers have solicited opinions from the very people who shape mainstream thought.

Personally, I also liked the light-hearted format used throughout the film. It is an added benefit to have a documentary filmmaker who does not take himself too seriously.

As a professor of history with fifteen years in college classrooms, I would highly recommend the film.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars rave review Aug. 15 2008
By C. Ungar - Published on Amazon.com
The thoughtful and articulate group Hall & Fary have assembled says a lot worth hearing. Noam Chomsky alone is worth the price of admission. The content may be weighty, but the presentation never is. "American Feud" moves right along, and what's more it's fun, thanks to the onscreen antics of a miniature donkey and elephant plus the producers' penchant for interrupting interviews with rapid-fire definitions and illustrations that clarify and provide historical context. If you want to go into this fall's election (or any election) as an informed voter, "American Feud" is "must" viewing.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding American Ideologies Aug. 13 2008
By Marie-jo Binet - Published on Amazon.com
Highly informative and entertaining, the DVD AMERICAN FEUD is a must for any citizen who wants to learn more and think about American ideologies today: Where do we belong and why? What does it mean to be a Republican, a Conservative, a Democrat...? Hall and Fary created an efficient, artistic and thorough documentary that will give you a sober and comprehensive picture of our contemporary American political scene in 90 minutes. Never boring, organized around archives and a great variety of interviews, AMERICAN FEUD has to be shared with your family, friends and communities.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational and Entertaining Aug. 27 2008
By Timothy Archibald - Published on Amazon.com
American Feud investigates the history of Liberalism and Conservativism in United States. By combining a mixture of man-on-the-street interviews, in-depth interviews with experts, and light-hearted graphics, the film makers have created a documentary that successfully speaks to everyone.

Carefully balanced and unbiased, this film moves rapidly thru history and into the modern day, providing us with an easily digestible history lesson. No fan of politics myself, I found myself quickly engaged with the film, eased into the concepts and characters, and enlightened on the topic in a way I would not have expected.

A timely film coming out at the perfect time of year, American Feud is a must see for the season.
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5.0 out of 5 stars American Feud all the way! Aug. 6 2008
By J. M. Fary-Moeller - Published on Amazon.com
Need to catch up on the history of partisanship in America? Tired of how liberalism and conservatism are overused labels that have lost their meaning? This movie is a concise but thorough review of how we came to the current idea of liberalism and conservatism and what they mean to today's society. This movie seeks to move beyond the idea that American is a nation where everyone can simply be labeled as "red state" or "blue state" and investigates if we really are as partisan as commonly portrayed in the media. There are interviews with liberal and conservative icons such as Noam Chomsky and G. Gordon Liddy.

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