I thought I'd see what O'Neil had to say, and if he ever raised any valid arguments. He doesn't. This collection of tall tales and hearsay from a group of people not even present on Kerry's swiftboat
is in an insult to the intelligence of the reader/listener. It is classic fact distortion and at times invention. Kerry is interminably quoted out of context. Anyone could see this by reading the transcripts from Kerry's speeches on Vietnam. I'm not one for burning books. But can't say I be upset to see this one go up in flames. Absolutely worthless.
I am a non american rewiewing this book.
This is the american political culture on display:
Republicans will love this book.
Democrats hate it.
You know, in Europe we have a different political culture: Respect your political opponant.
This book is trash written with one purpose only. Hopefully we will not see anymore books from the authors.
This book should be taken for what it simply is. An attempt to put Kerry in a bad light. Whew! Talk about carrying a grudge to the limit. I found it interesting that while I examined the alleged facts, I could come to a very different conclusion if I simply set aside all of the inflammatory language that was an obvious attempt to fan the flames of emotion.
These are several facts that are outlined in the book: Kerry served in Vietnam. He was decorated by the military for his actions there. He came home and tried to speak for what he believed was right. O'Niell claims he did the same.
Examine both of their motives. Kerry's was always to try and correct what he blieved were terrible wrongs. O'Niell's was allegedly the same. Kerry took the high road and attacked the issue. O'Niell has only ever attacked a person, and that person has always been Kerry. You don't see anyone else mentioned this way in the Nixon tapes. Since it was war there were likely many things to be proud of and things to be not so proud of that happened there, we only need to look at actions in Iraq to know this is truth. So should one veteran criticize another for serving honorably and then returning to try to speak the truth and correct the wrongs he saw?
I heard this book and in the end was thankful Kerry had the courage to stand on his beliefs to try and correct the nation's wrongs. O'Niell still seems to be fixated on trying to say that Vietnam was a good war and all that were there served (except Kerry) with total honor. Only the most naive could ever believe this.
The final answer is that these words should be taken for what they are. An attempt to attack a single person.
After listening to this book and checking with other source I've decided this book is just another shot by Republicans with agendas. I've given up on trying to find a non partisan political book.
This book is more lies. They are looking to cash in on the media. How much is enough about mud slinging. If they should write about something, they should write about how NOT to wage war and critique the flop that Bush is doing right now. At least Kerry went which makes him qualified.
Politics are a filthy business. And, nothing has proven this more during this election year than this book. Knowing what I do about Senator Kerry, his years in "NAM" and his career in service to the people of the USA everyday since, I am confident when I say that Mr. O'Neill has taken a grudge (from a day in 1971 when Mr. Kerry made him look like a fool on PBS), and produced a sewage filled, ugly, inconsistent bunch of rumors, stories, half truths and innuendo, and he calls it truth.
When asked why they believe Senator Kerry could/would harm himself as o'neil claims, the fools who would actually believe this nonsense can only answer that if the information is IN A BOOK, well then it MUST be true.
This is a book for bush supporters. This is a book for the people like bush who NEVER read the newspaper, who get their news from rush limbaugh and who believe fox news really is "fair and balanced". Why? Because they say they are!
However, if you have the ability for rational thought, I would suggest you pass on this book. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY. Free is too high a cost for this book of lies. I was going to say that you could use this to pick-up dog poop from the yard with the pages, however, why filthy up the dog poop with all of o'neill's lies? This book is a total waste of time to read, and it's even a bigger waste of time to listen to o'neill tries to read his own lies in an interesting voice.
I would recommend you give this book a wide pass. If you don't like Kerry, fine. That's your right, but if you go along with a bunch of liars in order to make up your mind, would you feel like a fool? I know, I would.
This book should be in the fiction section. While I apprciate diversity of opinion, there are so many inconsistancies and out right lies in this book that it hardly merits listening. If you want to learn about John Kerry's war record look to an objective source. O'Neil and Corsi hardly qualify.