I have to agree with other reviewers that the narrator wasn't the best but she was adequate and the book is magnificent. Ann Coulter is often praised or attacked for her acerbic wit, which she certainly has and it appears in this book, but more than that this book provided an essential piece to my understanding of modern politics and its ideological background. To over simplify it the two primary political philosophies at work today, as they really have been throughout U.S. history and western thought since about the time of the founding of the U.S. are 1. the English school with the writings of John Locke, Edmund Burke and Adam Smith who believed in individual rights and are now usually called, in the U.S., Conservatives or Libertarians and 2. the French school with the writing of Rousseau and Robespierre, who believed in collective rights and are now usually called in the U.S., Liberals or Progressives. Most people, even those interested in or active in politics know very little about either ideological roots but the knowledge and understanding of French school is even harder to come-by. This book is about the French school: the basic philosophy, a historical tale of how they came to power in France, how adherents of this school of thought use the same techniques today to get and maintain power in the U.S. and on a broader scale how people, even more or less decent people, can be devolved to take part in horrible acts against others while shouting contradictory chants about the common good. In writing this book Ann Coulter did not assume the reader/listener has any background in the subjects covered and thoroughly explained the concepts for anyone to understand but she still was able to provide substantial new information to the reader/listener like myself who has studied, read and listened extensively about history, politics, philosophy and economics. This book is truly great and is well worth the credit/money.
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