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Jim

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  • Protect and Defend: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Patricia Kalember
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (42)

    In Washington, a newly elected young president faces a test that will focus the national spotlight on abortion, parental consent, backroom politics, and the battle over one woman's nomination as chief justice of the Supreme Court. It's high-stakes drama as only Richard North Patterson can present it! Browse more Patterson.

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    "Propaganda"
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    This book is about abortion, in the main, and to a lesser extent about other politically-charged issues. Although conservative and Christian, I am not a pro-life advocate. I would have enjoyed a work of fiction that explored these issues in an even-handed way, even if from a liberal perspective. However, there was nothing even-handed in this book. It is self-indulgent propaganda.

    The author lionizes every character who supports his pro-life or other liberal positions. They act only from the purist of motives and with the utmost integrity. By contrast, he demonizes every character who ultimately contends against his positions. They are corrupt tools of evil special interests. They are narrow, judgmental, morally-bankrupt, and without honor or integrity. In addition, he belittles religion and religious people in general.

    As to the issues, the author carefully designs fact situations to give himself the best possible platform to advance his arguments. Moreover, each confrontation between his characters on the issues is a setup. He makes the best arguments he can on behalf of his position. The characters who support his arguments are prepared, eloquent, and nimble in facing questioning. Then, when the opposing characters speak, he avoids obvious counterarguments, truncates any good arguments they make, and then leads them off into silly arguments or extreme positions that leaves them wide open for the cross-examination for which they are inevitably, and inexplicably, unprepared.

    Don't read this book if you consider yourself a conservative. You will only be irritated. Don't read this book if you are interested in honest and healthy debate on these issues. Only read this book if you believe, as the author apparently does, that every liberal is virtuous and everyone who voted for Bush (or who might have voted for a conservative democrat such as Lieberman) is not only stupid and misguided, they are evil.

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful

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