Business Physicist and Astronomer
The book isn't overly political and doesn't blame any particular party. So if you're looking for a Limbaugh style stab at Obama, you'll be disappointed. Nor will you find a justification for the policies of the current administration.
We are not doing what we need to do to make sure we have a future. The country is in serious trouble and we're treading water. I liked the audio version enough to buy several hard covers for give-aways. Will things change?
I doubt it.
Indeed we are becoming a country of idiots and this book points out many of the really stupid things people in this country believe.
I personally do not care if people believe that the earth is 6,000 years old. Everyone, myself included, has at least one totally irrational belief in their baggage.
My objection to the beliefs of others is inflamed when nutty beliefs are taught in schools or guide important political policies. No, a 6,000 year old earth is not a different point of view deserving equal time with evolution; it's nutty. I hate to see kids taught that nonsense by their parents but hey, it's a free country. And that, sadly, is the point.
So, like me, you'll read this to reinforce what you already believe. Or you will spit nails over your right to believe these nutty things and see it as yet another attack on god-fearing people.
If you're not in the nut wing, you'll get a few really good laughs and in the end, you'll feel a little sad.
Go for it. I highly recommend this book.
Chris Reich, TeachU
I'm so disappointed in our government and this book affirms the reasons for my disappointment. It's easy to cover foreign policy blunders when you are the most powerful nation in history. But as the U.S. slides into second place, our ignorant, self-centered and bungling ways become glaring errors of policy. Unfortunately, the Obama administration is no better at war than was Bush's. Well, perhaps a bit better---Obama did get bin Laden.
I listened to this book and Dispatches (about Vietnam) in the same week---hard to tell them apart. The military always wants MORE---the civilian government wants to protect image. The people in the middle are collateral damage.
I'm sick of war and I am losing respect for our military leadership by the day.
I do recommend the book.
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
Pure Hitchens; he throws lots of $hit here with little bull. Except for the "funny women" thing, which I'm not sure Hitchens actually meant as many have taken it, each essay is brilliant.