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  • Just How Stupid Are We?: Facing the Truth About the American Voter

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Rick Shenkman
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Americans of all political stripes are heading into the 2008 election with the sense that something has gone terribly wrong with American politics. But what exactly? The only thing everyone seems to agree on, in fact, is that the American people are entirely blameless. InJust How Stupid Are We?, best-selling historian and renowned myth-buster Rick Shenkman takes aim at our great national piety: the wisdom of the American people.

    John says: "Cynical but accurate"
    "Poor, naive Libs v/s evil, manipulative Repubs"
    Overall

    While the stats that overwhelm a majority of the book do a great job of supporting Shenkman's primary argument, that the current American voter is less civic-minded and more influenced by TV and entertainment, he uses this argument to bash one side's faith in the voter and the other's manipulation of the voter.

    As someone who feels that BOTH parties have good and bad qualities, and BOTH have let us down, I was really hoping for a more unbiased look at American politics. Shenkman spent most of the book appearing only mildly one-sided, only to end the book completely left.

    In the end, it felt more like a Michael Moore movie... good stats and facts completely manipulated to be one-sided when they have ample application to politics and corruption in general and across the board.

    If you're a Liberal, you'll love it.
    If you're a Conservative, you'll be offended.
    If you dislike the polarities of both parties, it's a somewhat interesting read if you take it with a grain of salt and leave the author's choice of application behind.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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