You can't make-up this stuff. Full of intrigue and explanation.
The author, John Dean is meticulous in explaining his analysis, as well as in explaining how his analysis supports his premises and conclusions. He carefully documents the facts he presents in his analysis.
The book is written in an engaging style; that avoids the dryness which often is part and parcel of serious written analysis of public policy and politics.This may stem from the engaging manner in which readers (listeners) are encouraged to draw their own individual conclusions throughout. Readers(listeners) are gently prompted to become more informed and aware of current events and become more engaged in, today's political processes, regardless of political affiliation.
This work provides an introduction to the studies of Robert Altemyer and other social scientists as well as journalists who have studied and reported upon some of the psychological dynamics in play in politics which are discussed in this book.
The overarching point/theory/story is an interesting one. Although this work focuses on a specific set of people in modern current events, the concepts apply generally. One does not have to be a conservative to be an authoritarian; and one does not have to be an authoritarian to be a conservative. It is essential for all leaders to lead with a conscience not just an ideology. The author, John Dean makes this point abundantly clear in the beginning of the book, and at various points throughout the book
The reader is very good. His voice was engaging. His enunciation was clear. His pace was just right for my ear.
no, I got the information I needed and wouldn't have a need to listen again.
very interesting book
I found this book to be a bore. I think there is an entire chapter criticizing conservatives because they cannot define themselves in a concise manner. Who cares? I was hoping for a thoughtful perspective that would make me think. What I found was a book full of petty, partisan name-calling and sweeping generalizations. Skip this one.
Dean presents page after page of armchair soci
ological babble to prove that nearly all Republicans are arrogant, unthinking morons who just live to screw the little guy. Save yourself $20, just scream "I hate Republicans" one hundred times. You'll feel better and save $20.
I bought this with a most sincere desire to ‘understand the thought process of the modern day liberal.’ I perceive John Dean as honest and forthright, so surely he’d be able to provide some insight.
With an open mind and sincere desire, I listened non-stop during a long Labor Day Weekend car drive. Sadly, several hours later, I’m more confused than ever.
On and on it went, endless babbling, countless inconsistencies, rambling with bitter accusations and unnecessary character assassinations… all with an absence of point. Yet, I kept listening, hoping for enlightenment, finding myself mumbling “Where are you going with this?” “What is your point?” “Give me a punch line!” Between the endless babbling and countless inconsistencies, I can attest that it never arrived.
Boring in the extreme.