©2006 Ann Coulter; (P)2006 Books on Tape
Wow! I got this to keep me awake as I drove through the night. I chose a controversial book for that purpose. And it worked
I didn't think I would laugh so hard. She makes very good arguments for her positions with scalding little jabs that fit so well even liberals have to swallow a smile. Both Clintons had to put aloe vera on their ears.
This is ultra conservative in nature and a good read from that point of view. Political correctness is not one of her virtues - I found that refreshing.
As the closing piece on the NBC Nightly News, Brian Williams intoned solemnly that while he respected the right of free speech for all, Ann Coulter, in her new book, had “gone over the line” in questioning the motives of the New Jersey 9/11 widows who publicly condemned the government’s failure to detect and stop the 9/11 attacks. I decided to download this book to see what Mr. Williams choler was all about. It gave me a chuckle find that Ms. Coulter suggested that the liberal religion made saints out of people who had sustained a significant loss and then employed them as “human shields” to propound liberal dogma. Their “moral authority” made them invulnerable to dispute or question. Brian Williams and Hillary Clinton responded exactly as Ms. Coulter predicted. They did not dispute the accuracy of her proposition but condemned the profanity inherent in her raising questions about these icons.
The fundamental premise of this book is that flakey liberals are as blindly committed to liberal dogma as flakey fundamentalists are to theirs. Ms. Coulter is outrageous in the way she presents her ideas but so is James Carville. Both have ideas that are worth serious consideration. Outrageous is how they get noticed.
The book was thought provoking and entertaining until she got to the final section on evolution. Her point there is that the concept of spontaneous mutation and natural selection, while compelling, is not coherent enough to be taken as fact. This point is conceded by most thinking people today. She takes the final two hours of the recording to beat this issue to death. My advice: listen to and enjoy Ms. Coulter’s outrageous, entertaining and, yes, thought provoking banter until she gets about 10 minutes into her discussion of evolution. By that time she will have said all she has to say on the subject. Turn off the machine and move on to another audio book.
Start listening at any random place and it is side-slapping hilariously funny. For about 10 minutes. After 10 more you realize she has only one note. By the time half an hour has gone by you'd rather take the Chinese water torture. Her rhetoric is built in classic demagogue architectural style: exaggerate ad nauseum a few very carefully selected and polished anecdotes that support your ideology, and avoid letting on the slightest hint that there are as many or more anecdotes that refute it.
As a Canadian, it took me a little bit of time to become fully acquainted with all of the terms that the author uses for each political party, and each political point of view. Fortunately, she repeats herself so often, that it sank in within the first hour.
She is rabidly anti-Liberal - which is a fine opinion, and one she is entitled to. I tend to see the idiocy in most of the policies of both major parties, and wonder why the rest of the population doesn't rise up and install new leadership. Oh well, it's tough to change things sometimes.
Either way, she points to some of the more obvious faults of the Liberal world view, and of course says nothing to besmirch the Republicans.
I probably could have gotten through her rabid diatribe, except that she repeats herself far too much. Twice, three times, I probably could have handled... I draw the line at six... on every single topic.
This is the first audiobook I've deleted without listening to the entire thing.
Your results may vary.
Having just finished reading Demonic I was looking forward to Coulter's razor logic and irrefutable arguments in this volume. Although elements were there, Coulter was far less disciplined in her arguments in this book.
Many of the elements which Coulter attributed to "Liberals" were, in fact, truthful. However, making blanket statements about members and beliefs of a political party can be hazardous. Coulter ignored those hazards and plunged ahead with the same mindless demagoguery that Liberals so often use when attempting to denigrate members of the Tea Party and other Center Right and Right Wing groups. She selected in many cases the most extreme views and applied them without discrimination to all Liberals, a thing which is as unsustainable as applying the extremist philosophies of some right wing individuals to all of us on the right. It just doesn't cut it.
When discussing Darwinian theory Coulter is excellent, but, again, she tends to extremes which make much of what she is saying less palatable.
Demonic was a superbly written book which could well become a textbook of the right and righteous. This book was a diatribe written more in anger than logical thought. This style of writing and talking has driven me away from listening to many right wing commentators, Coulter among them, as they tend to make representations which do not stand up to logical argument. Demonic on the other hand is a wonderful source for argument and historic reference. That is what I seek, not blind fanaticism that convinces only members of the choir. Hopefully, Demonic will be the forerunner of the future style of Coulter's writing and talking. She is unquestionably brilliant and well versed. She needs to stick to facts and avoid emotionalism which drives a good deal of Godless.
WOW ! that is all I have to say. 12 hours of the most deranged vitriolic utterances one will ever hear. Another case of a vehemently devout religious type using the good intentions of religion to seperate and divide. On the other hand I listened intently to the whole thing 12 hours worth shaking my head the entire time. She is a talented writer and every progressive thinking person out there should listen to this entertaining book no matter how much you'll disagree with what she says. The difference between us liberals and the neo-con's is that we will always stand up for thier rights to personally attack those they disagree with.
She nails it. A great listen with very thought-provoking assertions
Ann Coulter has a knack for speaking the truth... even when its hard to swallow. Many people want to compare her to Michael Moore or Al Franken; here's the difference she backs up her allegations with cold hard facts...
Narrator was great, story left me with well what can I do, all the phone calls, faxes and surveys seem totally irrelevant to creating much Change at all. I did take away a new for me idea equating Darwinism and the liberal religion, thank you Anna for being so out front with exposing the idiocy that is being sold as a norm. Will definitely read your others!
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