The title of this book makes it so obvious what you are buying that I can't believe people actually take the time to write reviews bashing it. When I bought this book, I knew I was buying a trashy book that was going to smear Conservatives. That's what I wanted, that's what I paid for, and that's exactly what I got. So, please, if you are a sensative conservative reader, prone to tantrums and an undeserved sense of victimization, then you really should NOT be buying this book (unless of course your only goal is to buy the book cheap so you can not read it, but still bash it in the comments section).
The Book is a wonderful collection of silliness. Numerous examples of how the Right has attacked everything good and educated in this world, dumbed it down, twisted it into an unrecognizable mass of bitterness and hatred, and then sold it as their own product to Limbaugh's acolytes. From the Creation Museum (terrifying to be sure) to the Conservative take-over of Talk Radio, the book is an fountain of interesting factoids and historical perspective coupled with a very sarcastic wit. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was my traveling companion as I was traveling through Utah, and I would highly recommend this to any Liberal/Progressive reader looking for a giggle inbetween conservative-bashing.
This is one of those books that I recommend without hesitation. Every Liberal and "progressive" should have a copy of this book (or audiobook). Not only does the author provide an incredibly detailed history of Liberal philosophy, but he uses the opportunity to debunk many conservative attacks in the later chapters.
However, this is a mixed blessing. I wish there was a 4.5 rating, because I really enjoyed this book, but I think the author may have slipped off his message a little in the last chapters. The author uses the later chapters of the book to debunk a number of myths about liberalism, such as "Liberals only want to tax and spend" and "liberals are elitist." Normally I think this is a great practice, however, I would have prefered if the author has used the opportunity to continue to explain and detail liberal philosophy. Instead the author falls back on pointing out how Conservatives are hypocrites in these various areas. I wish he would have continued to sing the praises of liberalism as opposed to pointing out the failings of conservatism.
Aside from that, great book. Like I said before, all liberals and "progressives" should have a copy of this book, if for no other reason than to help them understand the roots of liberal philosophy and the truth about the philisophy that has defined America for 200 years.
This book was like candy for the ears (and the brain). I was curious, because I have only a rudamentary understanding of the Declaration itself, to hear the history and background of both the document and the men who wrote it. Upon being presented with this information it became painfully clear that the religious argument claiming the Declaration as proof of religious intent could not be substantiated.
I particularly enjoyed the author's discussion of the perspectives off Jefferson and his contemporaries regarding religion. Such information is incredibly helpful in understanding their intentions when it came to founding a nation. Most Christians should take the time to read this book before thoughtlessly echoing the lines pervaded by those who intentionally misinform for the purposes of pushing a religious agenda.
What I particularly enjoy about this book is that it does NOT go so far as to suggest that America is a non-religious nation. Indeed we ARE a nation of religious people. However, it rightly points out that we are a nation of many religions, and a nation founded on the idea that each of those religions should be free from interference by not only government, but by other religions. The modern Christian power-grab of the Religious Right should not only be an affront to Non-Religious Americans, but also Non-Christian Americans, who stand to lose their rights as well should the government secumb to Christian rule.
Recommended reading for anyone who enjoys reading about the views of the founders, as well as those who are looking for a defense against the misinformation surounding the "Christan Nation" myth. Listen and be informed.