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The Authoritarians Audiobook

The Authoritarians

The Authoritarians summarizes the research of Dr. Robert Altemeyer, whose professional career has focused on the study of the Authoritarian Personality, and development of the Right-Wing Authoritarian (RWA) personality and ideological variable widely studied in political, social, and personality psychology.
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In the nonfiction audiobook The Authoritarians, psychologist Bob Altemeyer shares his research on the aggressive and hostile nature of the authoritarian personality and the rise of the Right-Wing Authoritarian personality in the United States. He wrote the book in 2006, during George W. Bush’s second term as president. In a clear and direct voice, Altemeyer performs his own fascinating work. He details how authoritarianism is destroying traditional conservatism and what this means for the future of American politics and democracy.

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The Authoritarians summarizes the research of Dr. Robert Altemeyer, whose professional career has focused on the study of the Authoritarian Personality, and development of the Right-Wing Authoritarian (RWA) personality and ideological variable widely studied in political, social, and personality psychology.

The foreword is provided by John W. Dean, former Nixon White House counsel and New York Times best-selling author.

©2008 Bob Altemeyer; (P)2008 Bob Altemeyer

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    michael EAST PEORIA, IL, United States 02-17-12
    michael EAST PEORIA, IL, United States 02-17-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Good Book but there are unresolved research questi"

    It's a good book but why isn't his theory more widely accepted or well known? From a research standpoint Dr. Altermeyer has done the research about as well as it can be done. The whole analysis about how the different personality types conduct War Games is splendid. Also, personality research is a notoriously fishy subject due to the fact that you only get out what you put in, but I still can't help but wonder why his theory and research isn't more widely accepted in the academic world? This is important stuff. It seems to me that this particular subject is important and especially relevant because it answers several important questions like: how do we get ourselves into messy wars, and how do we end up with tyrannical leaders like Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Obama, and George Bush? It can also tell you where Islamic fundamentalists and Islamic terrorist come from. Personally, I think Dr. Altermeyer is not accepted as credible because his research calls into question and draws attention to things that the mainstream academic powers that be don't want people to know or think about. Because if people did become more aware of the things that are in Dr. Altermeyer's book then they wouldn't be so easily brainwashed by politicians on the left or the right.

    Yeah, so read this book at your own risk. Once the corporatist state finds out that you know the truth you will end up in a FEMA camp. I'll see you there :-)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gare Washington, DC, USA 07-06-09
    Gare Washington, DC, USA 07-06-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Good information but too political"

    A confirmation and deepening of my understanding of why people accept the drivel which is the currency of American politics. However, in my opinion the author would have better served my needs, and his own, if he had omitted the political analysis. One other comment is that the treatment of the research results was too narrowly applied to American politics, and greater contrasts with international actors would have been very welcome.

    gare.henderson@gmail.com

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    Newell Anaheim Hills, CA, USA 03-10-09
    Newell Anaheim Hills, CA, USA 03-10-09
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    "Wat a waste!"

    Listened to over an hour and couldnt stand it anymore. Author is a boring propogandist left wing drone and doesnt deserve any professional title next to his name. Don't waste your money!!

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    ssbopp 02-16-10
    ssbopp 02-16-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Not even for free."

    If you enjoy this book you are an authoritarian and incapable of reasonable formation of an individual opinion. I will complete this book only because I paid for it (thankfully not much) and I am keeping hope alive that the author has some point in writing this book besides bashing people with whom he doesn't agree.

    3 of 37 people found this review helpful

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