- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Sentinel (Sept. 25 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595230998
- ISBN-13: 978-1595230997
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 567 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #337,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama Hardcover – Sep 25 2012
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“Mugged is not just a book—it’s a public service.”
—The American Spectator
“A refreshing and informative antidote to the divisive narratives about race perpetuated by politicians and the mainstream media.”
—The Washington Times
About the Author
ANN COULTER is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Demonic: How the Liberal Is Endangering America; Guilty: Liberal Victims and Their Assault on America; If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d Be Republicans; Godless: The Church of Liberalism; How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must); Treason: Liberal Treachery From the Cold War to the War on Terrorism; Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right; and High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton. She is the legal correspondent for Human Events and a syndicated columnist for Universal Press Syndicate.
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The book was published 2 years ago (2012).
About 20 years ago I read in a national newspaper a blurb that the US Congress has voted 173(?) million Dollars for cleaning up the library system from obsolete books. Now I understand better.
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As for readability, the only word that comes to mind, and which seems to be accurate, is: “brilliant!” Just about the time you’re ready to give up all hope for the future of humanity, Coulter injects a healthy dose of acerbic wit (the “laugh out loud” kind) in order to keep the insanity in perspective. Coulter is today’s Will Rogers regarding clever political sarcasm, but coupled with a perhaps unique intellect. For me, the only reason this book was a “slow read” is that I kept rereading her delicious passages – like savoring a fine old Scotch whiskey. Coulter’s research is amazing (I assume she has assistants who help her in this regard, so my kudos to them). Coulter is highly intelligent, but never comes across as condescending.
If you really want to put the whole theory together, read this book along with: “Righteous Indignation” (Andrew Breitbart, 2011); “Stealing America” (Dinesh D’Souza, 2015); and “The Un-Civil War” (Taleeb Starkes, 2013). Breitbart calls out the “Democrat-Media Complex” for their collusion in: (i) tearing down conservative thought; and (ii) championing the “progressive” agenda. D’Souza also calls out the “Complex”, but further offers reasonable valid motivations for their agenda. And Starkes (a black author) shows how black criminals are high jacking the American “conversation” (Eric Holder’s word) on racism. “Racism” is basically just the latest tool that the “progressives” use in order to obtain control over the masses. They tell you that you are racist, and the best way to overcome this “disease” is by handing over control of your lives to the enlightened liberals. (See "Mugged", pg. 252, third full paragraph from bottom.) In the end, the so-called “liberals” (or “progressives”) want to put themselves in the position of telling you what is best for you. And a large segment of the mainstream media is willing to go along with this agenda for their own self-aggrandizement. The only remaining question is, if the “Complex” does not truly represent mainstream America (both black and white), then how did they come to dominate the conversation? The answer is simple – fear. Fear of being labeled “racist”. It’s no different than the reason shop owners pay “protection” money to the mob – fear of the consequences of going against the existing power. Fortunately, Breitbart provides the solution in “Righteous Indignation” – i.e., attack the “Complex” (and in particular, the media) using the same play-book that they use.
I was initially thinking that Coulter should issue a second edition of this book, bringing it up to date with the recent (2016-2107) claims of “racism in America”, but after reading her quote at page 204 (“Ironically, Democrats are going back to their demagogic segregationist roots by constantly stirring up racial hatreds to motivate a small slice of the population to vote for them.”), I realized that this applies as well in 2017 as it did in 2012. While an additional five years worth of more examples would reinforce her case, she already made the case so well in 2012 that more examples would merely be redundant.
As Coulter says at page 255, “What moves the country beyond race is to move beyond race.” Perhaps the best place to start is a total boycott of MSNBC. Once their ratings drop precipitously, they might just get the message that Americans are fed up with their race-baiting and race-mongering, and are ready to move on.
Coulter notes that African American's make up 13% of America's crack cocaine use, yet they make up 90% of the arrests. This discrepancy is largely because of the greater number of crimes they commit She gives examples of where whites and blacks may receive different treatment under the law. For example, in 2008, two men, climbed the Empire State Building. The white man received a warning, the black man was arrested and detained for seventy-two hours, and then issued a fine. She gives the additional information that the black man had previously committed similar infractions, while this was the white man's first offence-the sort of crucial piece of information that Coulter points out is frequently omitted from the mainstream media.
Coulter gives many instances demonstrating that liberal's exploit race, which ultimately reduces blacks to children who are not held responsible as individual adults. She gives ample evidence as to how excessive sympathy for blacks prevents them for addressing their own problems, including drug related crime, drug abuse, collapse of family structures in black communities, gang membership, illiteracy, unemployment and incarceration rates.
By referring to President Barack Obama as the most liberal president in history, she easily demolishes his pernicious universal health care bill in that Obama's brand of liberalism is neither universal, nor a nationalization of it: it is paid for largely by one segment of society for the benefit of another, largely composed of illegal immigrants .
Coulter does provide revealing facts, as in the cases of the Rodney King case which resulted in black rioting partly incited by television news stations which edited footage from a video that justified the actions of the police officers who subdued King with great difficulty. She provides similarly extensive detail about New York subway commuter Bernie Goetz who gunned down four black youths intent on mugging him. When blacks knew of the circumstances of Goetz's Wilding case, they did not riot, but expressed approval of his actions. But Coulter also notes that in many cases, blacks who are willing to condemn wrong-doing by their neighbours are intimidated by other blacks or disregarded by the media.
In all, Mugged is refreshingly candid in an age of repressive political correctness. However, it could be improved by less dependence on slang and colloquial idiom, as well as less reliance on mock surprise for effect.