Banana Republicans Paperback – May 24 2004
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Top Customer Reviews
Those that criticize the book will have to refute an awful lot of quotes and facts by their conservative friends. With all the quotes, citations and endnotes, I don't know how one COULD refute the general claims of this book.
What was most frightening for me in this book was the push by the right to completely "wipe them [the left or the democrats] off the face of the planet." This quote by David Horowitz, political strategist for the right, is telling. As the book points out, for the Democrats, politics is a debate between two opposing camps or schools of thought. For the Republicans, it is a war for dominance. I am frightened by a group that does not welcome discourse, especially when that group is so powerful politically and economically. Squashing the political opponent seems very anti-American to me.
Read this book. Then vote.
Instead, they rely on good old-fashioned research. In many cases, they let their subjects hang themselves with their own words, as when überconservative activist Grover Norquist told the Denver Post that bipartisanship "was just another name for date rape" (and he was just quoting Newt Gingrich!).
"Banana Republicans" covers a wide range of topics, from the well-funded network of conservative grassroots organizations and think tanks, to the continued blurring of lines between industry and government, to the right wing's fierce and deceptive attempts to stifle dissent. They also find time to cover the many journalistic abuses of ABC's John Stossel, a free-market acolyte and possibly the biggest schmuck on TV.
Hardcore conservatives in this country (and on this page) will certainly attack this book, just for its title. But in the spirit of raising the level of discourse on this page (and in this country), I challenge all naysayers to actually read the book and debate its many points.
One chapter of the book, Traitor Baiters, lists specific instances of inflammatory rhetoric by Republic leaders and pundits accusing those who disagree with them of hating America, undermining America, presenting a threat to America. These are potentially dangerous words to anyone who questions this administration and its nearly total acquiescence to corporate control.
The writing style is clear, concise, and unburdened with the thick satire of writers such as Michael Moore and Al Franken. A great introduction to the ongoing hard work of the folks at the Center for Media and Democracy. It could change your life, or at least your political perceptions.
DisInformation has been around since Adam & Eve bit the apple.
If you have any doubts that there are people who want us to bite the apple again, get this book. Buy an extra one for your local library.<P(...).Don't be taken in by the right wing echo chamber or it's victims (ex. NY Times & Judith Miller). Think and research for yourself.
This book, among others, will get you up to speed, fast.
I wont even mention that the so-called "left wing press" doesn't want to to hear what the world thinks about the present administration. Look them up and see for yourself.
The American press' coverage of events is highly pressured by "bottom line" considerations of their multinational owners.
Then you'll see that using critical thinking is required now more than ever. But, please dont take my word for it. Keep aware.
A great book... get their others too.
Most recent customer reviews
VEry good and timely book, showing how aonce-great political party has deteriorated and sunk to the lower depths, by embracing hate-mongers, bigots, reactionaries, and general... Read morePublished on July 11 2004
The country has been so bombarded for deacdes by the claim that the media is liberal, readers like the one from Syracuse believe it, ignoring the power, reach and influence of the... Read morePublished on June 28 2004
This book is ludicrous. the republicans don't control the "mass media" the left does. Couric,Rather,Brokaw,Jennings,. Left,left,left,left. Read morePublished on June 23 2004
This was an utterly fabulous book. My friend Marc, the Original Banana Republican, was especially impressed with the bit about gay marriage. Read morePublished on June 19 2004
Sheldon and John have done another great job. This time exposing the right wing extremist's media machine.Published on June 9 2004 by Kenneth W. Hayes