I'm probably giving this book a higher rating than it deserves, but I think there are enough important facts in it that we can forgive some of the more paranoid rantings. (He sees 'vast, long standing conspiracy' where there is likely only crass insider profiteering). It does provide exceptional reference as to some of the more outrageous crimes zeroing in on the Reagan, Bush crowd. The style is irritatingly smug and pseudo-intellectual and is filled with Noam's usual assertion that the US has never had a leader who wasn't evil and most of the worlds problems are the fault of the US. Very annoying but please drag though it anyway.
I gave it five stars... IT DOES NOT DESERVE THEM! However, I feel many of the reviews are so off base that I want to bring the total up.
Criticisms that are correct: It's abridged, the music and sound was disconcerting till I got used to it.
Criticisms that are NOT correct: It's a bad read -- it's actually an outstanding, character rich reading; the music is distracting -- the music is odd, but in no way diminishes the work, and in a couple of places really added to the tension; the abridgment cuts out the 'meat' of the stories -- I hate abridgments, but this is no worse than others. The flow of the story remains intact and all the major points are still intact.
I don't give it my highest recommendation, but if you love the stories, or have not read them and want to get the taste of them, this is a good, though not perfect selection.
I'm giving this book a one star rating, but only because the computer won't allow me to enter a NO STAR rating. As a history lover, I was completly mislead by the title of this book and want my money back.
"Historian" Woods makes the classic mistake of coming to his conclusions first, then finding his facts. Of the many outright falsehoods in this book, the easiest to pick apart is the statement that the Indians willing gave away ALL their land to America. Hello? He could at least make his lies plausible
I have never yet made it all the way through this book, which is a shame, because Ayn Rand is a pretty good writer. It's way to long, way to involved, way too convoluted, and way too busy pushing its belief system to be entertaining. If you are interested in the 'philosophy' of the book, then read 'The Fountainhead.' It's a much better, less pretentious book (though it, too, is way too long).
A horrific vision of a foolish and dangerous man's plans to wind back the clock of America to the 50's or earlier. Unfortunately, while the rest of the world (even China!) is moving forward, Bush intends to drag the US, half of it kicking and screaming, as far backward as he possibly can. Possibly the most chilling speech since Wallace's segregation forever presentation. Disturbing to the thinking man.
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