It is rated very high and a real eye opener. We need more Andrew Breitbarts to shine the light of day on what our
Neither but it woke me up
Read it before it is too late
Yes. He became a good sized fish in the pond, and died early. He will be missed.
He is a bit of a stuffed shirt and self righteous. A bit more arrogant then he deserves.
I confess to only having a passing knowledge of Andrew Breitbart (odd as I consider myself conservative) prior to his death only weeks ago. After watching Breitbart's 2012 CPAC speech and seeing him as a political analyst on MSNBC, both days before his passing, I was hooked by his very unusual persona. So I delved into some research on who and what the self-proclaimed cultural warrior was all about. Glad I did!
In learning about Breitbart, albeit postumously, I became an instant and ardent Breitbart fan. I felt that I owed it to myself to do a few things as myway of benefitting from what would otherwise be nothing but tragedy in in his untimely passing at only 43 yrs. of age: support his family, understand his philosophy and finally try to carry on his
I was intrigued by Breitbart when I heard that he had died and that he had been considered a huge influence on contemporary conservative thought. I'd never heard of him.
Breitbart spends about half of the book ranting about his somewhat easy, but not overly privileged lifestyle growing up in California and what little appreciation he had for what his parents had done for him. He described college not as the transformative intellectual experience his parents might have thought it would be, but rather as a place where he built poor habits and wallowed in self destruction. He was aimless. He also was seduced by the nihilist propaganda spewed by popular culture. The "Kurt Cobain mindset", he calls it.
I am a bit older than he, but experienced a very similar sense of disorientation with my own political identity. Having also grown up in a conservative household, I had a feeling most of my life that my parents were living in some sort of time warp, or alternate universe since my liberal college education villainized most of their proudly held opinions and none of my friends spoke up if their politics were not of the mainstream 80's neo-liberal know-it-all variety. The dichotomy eventually lead him to choose his politics, and (having finally grown up a bit) his intellect and emotions led him toward the right.
Listening to the second part of the book is much more rewarding. Breitbart outlines the intellectual heritage of the liberal media in Hollywood. He also does a decent job of pointing out inconsistencies in liberal thinkers and pokes holes in their false veneer of compassion for their fellow man. He sites many examples of the liberals publicly behaving badly in total collusion with the media.
Finally we find out that Breitbart worked with a young conservative activist who brought down the government sponsored community action group ACORN. His co-worker was the guy who actually made the videos of himself, dressed as a pimp, and his friend, dressed as a prostitute, getting organizational and tax help for setting up a fictional brothel employing underage illegals. It was a brilliant coup against the Obama-loving media.
The experience seemed to have galvanized Breitbart's resolve in the fight between conservative media and the overwhelming liberal media. He ends by expressing his opinion that the tea party movement holds the most hope for the preservation of individual rights and liberties. He also dismisses the far right wing of the GOP that is so hell bent on legislating away personal behaviors they find repugnant, a la Santorum.
I personally agree with Breitbart's sentiments and most of his politics, and enjoyed hearing his take on the origins of liberal media in the US. Just knowing that he was not obsessed with conservative social dictums makes me sorry he will not be around during this election to point the republican party toward a centrist position that concentrates on individuals' constitutional liberties.
"Life's a game... golf is serious!"
Yes... This is a terrific real-life story of the author’s rocky road to discovering, acknowledging and owning his core beliefs. Liberals/progressives and conservatives alike will enjoy and in many cases identify with the authors struggles in coming out of his political closet.
Well narrated, I highly recommend this audio book!
The author... he came across as real!
I liked them all.
Peeling the onion of my fundamental beliefs: A story of self discovery and ownership!
Get the book... you'll find yourself listening to it more than once.
I see politicos put up crappy books all the time, and honestly I didn't figure this would be any different. I was wrong, I learned a lot from this book. If you read it, I think you'll like it. Keep them coming Andy!
Well written, fascinating story of Andrew Breitbart's life. Not the same old stuff that the other conservative talk show/radio show hosts put out. I keep searching Audible for his next book.
Breitbart is a thoughtful writer with an interesting history. He sets the record straight on the mainstream media's biased control of the national political dialogue. This book explores the birth of the conservative political journalism movement from Drudge, to Breitbart himself. The message to all of us is to question what we're being told by the National media.
This book was very well written and extremely well narrated. Guskin sounds a lot like Breitbart, but less sleepy. I thought chapter 6 about the origins of the left-wing presence in modern academia and popular culture was excellent and served as the only real educational portion of the book. The rest is essentially an autobiography of a mostly uneventful early life, but one that continues to accelerate with digitally charged later experiences that cover many exciting major media events of the recent years with an exacting behind-the-scenes perspective. The book also reveals the origins of the Drudge Report, Huffingtonpost, and Breitbart's own websites. Andrew confesses his dirty little sin of internet addiction that began during the scandal-ridden Clinton era and explains how Arianna Huffington succeeded in seeing the body of Larry Lawrence disinterred from Arlington National Cemetery against Bill's objections. While shredding the media Andrew shows how he used Arianna's proven strategy of media manipulation to make the most of the epic work of James O'Keefe's and Hanna Giles' undercover operation exposing ACORN which ended in the "in-name-only" destruction of that cursed organization and it's congressional de-funding. Many other great stories are told in this book and it's a great use of a credit.
My only criticism is that like many on the right today Andrew fails to see the direct connection between Biblical Christianity and the principles on which the right rests which limits his book's scope and usefulness. In order to augment his notes in chapter 6 the author would do well to research the origins of "criticism" farther back in history starting with the French, German, and English Biblical Textual Critics as covered in the books "The King James Bible and the Modern Versions" Harvestime Books, Vance Ferrell (available online) and "Gipp's : An Understandable History of the Bible" Daystar Publishing, Samuel Gipp Th.D.
I was only vaguely aware of Breitbart, remembering his involvement with the ACORN scandal. What a pleasant surprise this book was. Andrew has an interesting life story that I could relate to on many levels. For a man that barely made it through highschool and college he is he is incredibly articulate and engaging.
I loved this book and after finishing had to "read" it again - something I've never done before. The narration had a passion that made you feel as though Andrew was reading it himself.
You won't be disappointed.