Sure, you would almost have to listen to it more than once to pick up on all the information. It is very well researched, very comprehensive.
The level of detail, the historical evolution of today's liberalism.
No, this is my first. He is okay, I wish the author had done the narration.
Everything You Suspected About Liberalism, But Never Knew Due To Media Collusion.
This should be a college course, but no college would allow students this much insight into their own dogma.
Goldberg first acknowledges that fascism is not unique to the left, and does not propose that it is a leftist-only ideal. He then takes the reader on a tour of the fascism of the left throughout the last century or so. This book is so profound in its undermining of dogmatic 20th century history lessons...it isn't that we were tought the opposite of what happened, precisely; however, a lot of the very important lessons and background were somehow omitted from our texts. I give this book my highest rating and recommend it to anyone who has the stomach for understanding the fascism that has taken place in Europe, Asia, and particularly the U.S. in the past century. I think the politicians of today utilize nationalist sentiments to whip the voters along...this is why (although, yes I'm very proud to be an American) I get immediately concerned about anyone's argument when they invoke patriotism or "America-first" dogma rather than presenting a solid principled or economic argument. This author has provided one of the enlightening political works of our time. Take advantage of it and have a listen!!! By the way, I bought the book too, but it got a little dry in places and I got bored...so the audiobook was the great answer for me and I recommend it highly.
This book was geniously written. While it was a little "heavy" (I had to relisten to portions a number of times), it revealed history that I was vaguely aware of, but didn't know the extent of its implications. The book is both terrifying in its reality, but also encouraging in the fact that American exceptionalism can overcome the tendencies of the leftist Progressives. This book proved what I have always felt. History does not really repeat itself. Instead, there are forces that are ever present and rear their heads when opportunity presents itself. While not the "feel good" book of the summer, I would recommend this book to all Americans who are concerned for their nation and want to really understand our history.
the wondering jew
fascism is leftist
The God State Lives
The book is a tour de force of analysis, drawing a line from Woodrow Wilson, through Mussolini and Hitler, all the way through to Hillary Clinton (and Barack Obama) - all these subscribe to the idea of the God State and the principle of "GEMEINNUTZ GEHT VOR EIGENNUTZ" (collective good before self). The author want to play nice with his potential opponents, and is willing to sacrifice historical accuracy for this niceness:
1. The proto-Fascist movement was (and remains) Mohammed's Islam, which seems to bear all the hallmarks of Fascism as defined by Goldberg.
2. Long before Wilson, Fascism in the United States reared its ugly head with Lincoln, who was quite clearly the first Fascist dictator, and far exceeded Wilson in the effects of his actions.
3. The author keeps saying that FDR's New Deal, while Fascist, cannot be compared with Mussolini's Fascism. It is not clear why that is: the effects of FDR's policies seem to have been far worse than anything Mussolini did, at least before the fateful alliance with Germany - it seems to me that Mussolini's fascism is altogether more benign (and this is not even mentioning FDR's selling out Europe to Stalin's dictatorship).
4. The author keeps mentioning the alleged evils of Joe McCarthy and McCarthyism. It is not clear what these evils are - the reader is strongly advised to read Stan Evans' "Blacklisted by History" and make up his own mind.
History, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Packed with well researched history, anecdotes and causation for America's present political crises.
You will, I guarantee, get much valued history, information and perspective from this serious study.
I've now read this once and listened to it once. This is an extremely thorough and informative look at the roots and history of progressivism in America and its disturbing relationship to fascist regimes in Europe. More than just demonizing the Left though, it exposes WHY they think the way they do, who the thought leaders were along the way, and how progressive ideas developed over time and in different cultures. As a Christian, I find one of the more interesting connections he makes is between progressives and the social gospel movement when Christians basically exported their duties to the State out of "compassion"; a theme I have seen more and more recently.
I have found this book immensely helpful in understanding the left in comparison to many conservative books that typically just list the litany of stupid things they propose. I find it similar to Thomas Sowell's books in the amount of useful and new information he gives.
I also like the reader's style and voice. He does a great job!
Mr. Goldberg objectively, fairly & thoroughly outlines the development of modern liberal fascism. This is an excellent resource for anyone interested in understanding the true nature of politics in today's America. Thank you!
This book is, perhaps, the most important book I've read (with the exception of the Bible). Goldberg does an excellent job of describing the political landscape. He is quite forceful in his conclusions regarding fascism and the current political scene.
After reading this book, the only thing I can say is WOW! All the things that I knew were wrong, but didnt know why, became clear. The mask came off the lie of liberalism and progressivism and how really evil it all is, you know...based on "compassion" and "giving to the unfortunate." GREAT BOOK!! This should be the starter book for all to read who want to know what is going on right now in our government in 2010.
Audio: This narration by Johnny Heller is TERRIBLE. I knew in the first 2 minutes I didn't think I would like it, and 6+ intermittent hours later (of a 16 hour book) I have finally given up. The voice is raspy and hoarse, like he has a cold or a throat condition. He speaks sentences in groups of words and phrases, as though he has to catch his breath every 4 or 5 words. They are not pauses for commas or puncuation, just grouped word recitation that totally disrupts the flow of a sentence. He does that continously. How would you... like listening to someone... who spoke like that... all the time.
Then he will go into low-voice, furtive whisper mode as though he must be reading within a parentheses or footnote, but he will go on wayyyy longer than any parenthetical context should be. Speaking of voice shift, he will be reading at a certain tone level, then switch to a totally different level and stay that way, like he went on a bathroom break or a vacation and came back later. How annoying and distracting. I've listened to 7, 10, and 52 hours books that all have consistent delivery throughout. (See my other reviews.) Heller's delivery is HUGELY disappointing. He is supposedly a somewhat renown narrator, but his work on this book is a bust. Memo to self: NEVER buy an audiobook WITHOUT LISTENING to a SAMPLE!!! My bad. I got in a hurry during the "annual sale". What a waste of money, even at a discounted-price.
I do recommend narrators Christopher Hurt, James Adams, and C.M. Hebert. They are outstanding. Brian Emerson was very good also.
Content: It wouldn't be fair to comment, having only done 1/3 of the book. The histories of Mussolini, Hitler, Woodrow Wilson, and early F.D.R. were interesting though. And H.G. Wells sounds like a bad boy! But I'll have to continue with hard copy sometime, if I haven't been soured on it.