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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (Feb. 25 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400047285
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400047284
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 13 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (342 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #824,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Format: Hardcover
David Brock should be the poster boy for the new politics. First he makes a living writing stories the right wingers want to hear. Now, he is retracting it all and telling stories tthe left wingers want to hear. Pretty amazing! He is able to rip off both sides of the political spectrum. Why would anyone want to buy a book from an admited liar??????? and not just about little things, but just about everything he previously wrote. The sad part is the book is well written. Perhaps Mr. Brock should consider a carrer as a fiction writer, evidently he already has a good start! Don't wast your Money.
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This book gets five stars for the list of names it drops, and I get five for actually making it to the last page without vomiting once. Brock gives us a guided tour of the hate matrix from the top down. Bizarre freaks like Rupert Murdoch, Sun Moon, and Richard Scaife bleed influence and money into a rat maze crowded with legions of hungry rodents thoroughly purged of principal and hungry to feed. And feed they do, on everything from the self-esteem of a 13-year-old Chelsea Clinton, to the tentative and twisted lies and fantasies of a bunch of power junkies, gold diggers, hillbillies, sociopaths, and miscreants, all floundering around together like pigs in a sty.
Brock and his buddies attended the delivery of the current Rosemary's Baby of a presidential administration that we currently cower under in a state of near-perpetual fear and utter victimhood. He appears to repent as it twitches away in its black cradle, but his confessions and regrets are little more than weak platitudes, and the author's core personal defects are neither explored nor resolved here in any meaningful way. At the bitter end, I was left with a haunting feeling that endures. The book is billed as an autobiography, but the interior world of its author is either heavily guarded or nonexistent. Who is this guy, and who abducted his soul? Certainly not the Berkeley anarchists who angered him, or his neocon professor friends who mentored him - no comic book activists or university faculty could ever warp a smart guy like this to such an extreme. Don't crack this book expecting anything but solid concrete - it's nothing more than a running diary describing who he screwed, how hard he screwed 'em, and his resulting ample compensation. That's what you get, but you get a LOT - perhaps more than you can take.
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By Aaron on June 21 2004
Format: Paperback
If you need to know, Brock tells how disgusting the right wing is. Reagan put a happy face, unity, and some civility on it all, but when Daddy left, the "kids" started to lose it. Gingrich and so many others could throw bombs, but couldn't lead. Nope. Brock found himself fronting and digging dirt for this wingnut crowd, after (understandably) shying from and countering ultra-PC lefties in college. So Brock went Reagan's direction in formative years, like so many others his age. And then... well, Brock tells the story best... and I can't think of a more encompassing history of 1990's politics. The story is dark, and if you're too alert you'll keep questioning Brock's initial motives for the book, and how he spins his tales in his book. (Especially after Bill Clinton's performances - with fingers to chest -, this reader is cynical toward apologies). But, if you lay back and give Brock the benefit of doubt (at least until you finish the book), it's a good read about 90's right-wing politics, tactics, $$$$, careerism, "friendships" of convenience, and hypocrisy, not in that particular order. When I finished the book (which is hard to do -- just keep plowing through it; the info and perspective *is worth it*) I actually felt for Brock (and I don't *think* I'm a bleeding heart :-). Brock's arc and inside perspective are wholly unique. Is this book a new Whittaker Chambers' (who left the communists and spoke up) "Witness" for the *left*? A little, maybe?
Anyway, I'm pretty conservative, and learned a lot. Brock's is a hard book to get through, but I'll never view the 90's (Newt, Clinton, all media) the same again. Oh yeah, back to my review title: Brock tells of his relationships with right-wing queens Arianna Huffington, Laura Ingraham, and Ann Coulter. More details next time! Do they like to play quarters? Caps?! Keggers or wine boxes?
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Format: Hardcover
Brock comes clean and writes a fantastic account of the late 80s and 90s war between the Right and the Left. He strode to prominence in the Conservative movement with horrific attacks on Annita Hill during the Clarence Thomas hearings and fired the first shots of the Clinton Wars with his article on the "TrooperGate" scandal. He outed Paula Jones in this article formenting the eventual charge of impeachment. He fires back at the unjust hypocrisy of his old friends whose "high morals and values" almost brought down the 42nd president. He outs gossip queens like Matt Drudge and Anne Coulter and fires back at the establishment that once called him comrade. If your looking for a great book on the inside fight to TRAP CLINTON IN A PERJURY CHARGE this book is for you. it was highly entertaining and full of gossip about everyone associated with the hatred spewing RIGHT WING attack machine.
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