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Publisher's Summary

Is life unfair for black Americans?

Is racial equality the answer to every question of public policy?

Is a huge group of citizens kept down by "the man"?

Radio host and best-selling author Larry Elder has made a career out of being a thorn in the side of the conventional-wisdom crowd. He deflates the pompous and points out the completely logical truths hidden behind the nutty rhetoric and out-of-control pandering of politicians and the so-called leaders of a variety of special-interest groups.

In Stupid Black Men, he takes on the mind-set of those people who always capture the most media attention - as well as masses of public money - people who say that racism is the root of all problems and who end up hurting precisely those they claim to be helping.

Whether they are demagogues like Al Sharpton, established politicians like Hilary Clinton, or entertainers like Danny Glover, no one escapes Elder's cogent arguments and rapier wit. His sometimes hilarious and always infuriating examples of wrong-headedness skewer not just politicians for their smugness and hypocrisy but also actors, educators, religious leaders, and the "main-scream media" for keeping the story in the headlines. But Elder has a positive message, too: though they are fewer - and generally not as loudmouthed - there are leaders and role models today who want to sweep away race-based whining and urge everyone in America to share in the hard work, smart thinking, and optimism that make this country great.

©2008 Larry Elder; (P)2008 Phoenix Audio

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  • Amy
  • Houston, TX 77036
  • 10-30-08

Larry Elder is the MAN!!!

I LOVE Larry Elder. He is a breath of fresh air in politics today. He pulls no punches and does not suffer fools at all. You will be glad you picked this book.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Phil
  • Hickory, NC, USA
  • 07-23-08

Excellent!

I thoroughly enjoyed Larry's presentation. I thought it was dead on accurate. If a "person" works hard at achieving his goals and dreams, it doesn't matter what neighborhood he/she grew up in. The American Dream is still very real and attainable. Thank you Larry for putting the points so eloquently and clearly.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris
  • Healdsburg, CA, United States
  • 04-05-08

Four stars

Larry Elder is one of my favorite radio hosts. Much of this book is taken from segments of his show and he has a great knack for identifying hypocracy and illogical thinking. I applaud his courage in "telling it like it is" despite the opposition he gets from his detractors. Larry narrates the book and sounds as if he's reading it most of the time - he's much better when he just speaks off the cuff. All in all, an informative and entertaining read.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Errin
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • 04-27-08

get out of your own way !!

For every great point that Mr. Elder makes regarding the exploitation and the lack of self responsibility that occurs within the black community he loses his way when he starts his self righteous promotion of the republican party agenda and the opinion that anything contrary to that agenda is flat out wrong.

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surprisingly excellent!

Professor Larry Elder takes you to school with this provocative and timely treatise on racism in America. Add this to African American studies curriculum.

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EXCELLENT BOOK!

If you're tired of the race-baiting antics of those who seek to blame white people for what's wrong in America, then this book is for you!

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Quit whining and start trying!

I appreciate the premise of the author's message. Upward mobility is earned through hard work and dedication. Not a government handout.

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Loved it.

Mr. Elder combines a plethora of research with an enertaining feel that leaves you both more informed and makes it a very fun listen.

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Wondering if one can pull themselves up without boot straps. One cannot accomplish his words.

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  • Shawn
  • Layton, UT, USA
  • 05-04-08

Why writers shouldn't speak

The written word is probably better. Larry Elder's voice is grating. The content seems OK, but I couldn't finish the work. The book contains too much hypocrisy to justify the authors thesis. While hypocrisy is a good way to illustrate the warped view of the left, it doesn't justify the position on the right. I listened to this book to get some good conservative arguments and was left feeling unfed.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful