As a teacher who struggles with administrators and parents who continually try to sensor my classroom library this book gives me the ammo. I need to shut them up!
I believe in hearing both sides of an argument and this book is full of many but as arguments go they must be backed up with proofs. This book has none that I could find. The author does us quotes from historical figures, but, as we should have learned from the Bible and religion, quotes can be taken just about any way we desire. This author has a very narrow minded view of the world and makes assumptions about others based on nothing but, what he calls, "observations". Don't we all wish things were that simple. This book, by its publishing and subsequent best seller status, implies that any of us can make assumptions about what others are thinking based on pure observation. Please learn your history folks. That is a more accurate avenue for understanding the liberal mind and why people think a certain way and others another.
We can not merely tap them on the shoulder but must hit them over the head. This is the analogy I often use when talking about educating my students. How true it is for the general public as well. Phillips uses history to wake us up to the cold, hard, fact that we are repeating it in a very bad way. As a FORMER hardcore "envangelical conservative" I can tell you that this author hits the nail on the head when analyzing the current conservative thought processes. Phillips details how the evangelicals have taken over the Republican party and how oil plays a central role in the Republican party's decision making. Unlike the conservatives, Phillips goes all the way back to the beginning of oil's history as well as the history of the fanatical religions to prove his point. I teach ancient history and was quite familiar with many of the facts he referenced but it took reading this book for me to piece it all together.
I am not a sci fi fan but I checked this book out because it was highly recommended. I was NOT disappointed! It is awsome no matter what genre you listen to. The narration is fantastic. It's one of those that you can't stop listening to until you reach the end and then you are ready for more.
This is an excellent book. You really get to know and love the characters. I would highly recommend.
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