The Official Handbook of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy Paperback – Apr 25 2004
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About the Author
Mark W. Smith is the" New York Times" bestselling author of "The Official Handbook of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy: The Arguments You Need to Defeat the Loony Left," A former professor of law, he is a practicing trial attorney who is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. He is also vice president of the New York City chapter of the Federalist Society, the nation's most prominent conservative legal organization. Smith, a graduate of the New York University School of Law, regularly appears in the national media as a political and legal commentator. He lives in New York City, where he navigates the perils of liberalism with his trusty canine sidekick, Peanut.
"From the Hardcover edition." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
This book doesn't have a single well-formed argument in it, and it is full of such an obscene level of pride and arrogance that I almost started thinking it was a leftist trying to make us look bad. Then I remembered that leftists think writing like that is smart, so he really must be a moron on our side.
Even if you could ignore the lack of any sort of research or thought, it's also a despicably religious-fundamentalist text as well. Very embarrassing to those of us who believe in the right for it's rational and practical approach to government.
The format of the book is simple. Present an argument that's regularly made by the liberal elite in this country, and then spend the next several pages proving how wrong the argument is. This book does an excellent job of that, and presents its responses in such a way that readers can quickly reference the liberal argument they're having to defend against, review the actual facts of the issue, and counter the liberal argument immediately.
This book isn't written like the more weighty political texts out there. Those books take a single topic, such as liberal slant to the media, and spend the entire book showing how this is the case. For those who have time to read an entire book to learn how to defend against a single liberal argument, this is a great approach. But for those who need quick answers to arguments they are already in the middle of, Mark Smith's book is perfect.
I compare this book to the play book of an NFL coach. You already have scouted out the other team, and you know what plays they're likely to throw at you. You've built your play book to deal with their offense and their defense. And when the game starts, you're ready. Mark Smith has scouted the liberal positions (you can rely on it...Read more ›
Aside from this he asserts that there really is a liberal media bias, he attacks Islam as a religion, he says the U.S. should withdraw from the United Nations, claims we should stop supporting the poor, and of course demands an outlawing of abortions but still wants to increase the number of people put to death.
It's no real surprise that he credits noted rascist and isolationist Patrick Buchanan as inspirational on pg 214, this man obviously hates America.
Smith starts out with a great idea in titling this book as so (and it even comes with a great membership card in the back!) but the words on the inside don't hold up to what the book's title. Smith does nothing original in this book, repeating claims and allegations and talking points that you can find in pretty much any other conservative pundit's book. Granted, he's not Hannity or Ann Coulter (whose single line quote about Smith is everywhere on this book), but the text is not original. Hannity's Deliver Us From Evil and Coulter's Treason both took a historical look at issues and Smith can't compete.
If you are going to break into the niche of conservative of liberal books, you have to be original if you aren't well known. Hannity (and Colmes, for that matter) can get away with writing a book (his first, Let Freedom Ring) that covers the range of conservative causes because people know who he is. Smith's un-original text won't do much to propel him into pundit stardom.
Most recent customer reviews
The offical handbook of the vast right wing conspiracy is more of a primer on today's current political topics than anything else. Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by Nicole Lohman
At last they finally admit it---Smith admits that there is a "vast right wing conspiracy" (see title of book) just as Hillary Clinton told us during Clinton's presidency. Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by Diana W
Any person who attempts to use this stuff against a serious liberal will come away bloodied. Mr. Smith actually plucked some short criticism from this site when he was on a CSPAN... Read morePublished on July 17 2004 by George
This book is not designed to be a great work of political philosophy, and it is not meant to have any in depth arguments. It covers a breadth of topics concisely. Read morePublished on July 9 2004 by Martin Andrade
While nothing new, Mark Smith has written the Official Handbook for anyone who feels like bashing the Loony Liberals. He sums up all of the arguments quite well. Read morePublished on July 7 2004 by Greg
Living in Europe and in favor of American politics is hard. But now this conspiracy manual and membership is available! Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by Eduward du Bois
Reading this book (as much of it as I could stomach) reminds me of why I gave up the talk-radio-induced conservatism of my younger, less intellectual days. Read morePublished on June 16 2004
I bought this book as graduation presents for my daughter and her friends going off to college. They will certainly need this book to deal with the liberal professors, and the... Read morePublished on June 9 2004 by QueeNess