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Death of Outrage:
Bill Clinton and the Assault on American Ideals
by William J. Bennett

Don't look for President Clinton's picture in The Book of Virtues; bestselling author and former Secretary of Education William J. Bennett considers Bill Clinton uniquely unvirtuous. In the wake of the White House intern sex scandal, Bennett accuses Clinton of crimes at least as serious as those committed by Richard Nixon during the Watergate imbroglio. Rising above anti-Clinton polemics, The Death of Outrage urges the American public--which initially displayed not much more than a collective shrug--to take issue with the president's private and public conduct.   Clinton should be judged by more than the state of the economy, implores Bennett. The commander in chief sets the moral tone of the nation; a reckless personal life and repeated lying from the bully pulpit call for a heavy sanction. The American people should demand nothing less, says the onetime federal drug czar. In each chapter, Bennett lays out the rhetorical defenses made on Clinton's behalf (the case against him is "only about sex," harsh judgmentalism has no place in modern society, independent counsel Kenneth Starr is a partisan prosecutor, etc.) and picks them apart. He may not convince everybody, but this is an effective conservative brief against Bill Clinton. --John J. Miller

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The New Prince
by Dick Morris
The master of cynicism teaches politicians how to be more idealistic. 

The End of Utopia: Politics and Culture in an Age of Apathy
by Russell Jacoby

 

Shelby Steele's first book, The Content of Our Character, sparked outrage over its indictment of liberal American policies and attitudes towards race. A Dream Deferred expands Steele's critique, comparing government interventions (like affirmative action) to the most damaging practices of slavery and segregation, Soviet Communism, and Nazi Germany.

While Steele zealously praises civil rights victories, terming the movement that effected them "the greatest nonviolent revolution in American history (one of the greatest in all history)," he concludes that a simultaneous outcome -- the stigmatization of whiteness - has led to disaster. Shamed whites try to prove their innocence through redemptive acts, according to Steele, and he has always disdained the "moral self - preoccupation" of post-'60s white liberals, which "made them dangerous to blacks--ready to give them over to an 'otherness' in which nothing is expected of them."

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A Dream Deferred: The Second Betrayal of Black Freedom in America
by Shelby Steele

Also by Steele:
The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America

 

The Florence King Reader
by Florence King

Also by King:
Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady

Lump It or Leave It

With Charity Toward None: A Fond Look at Misanthropy

 

A volume that will stay in bookstores as long as bile still rankles in the human heart: the collected writings of our smartest, sharpest, and most feared writer--"Miss King" to you! "Simply wonderful.
. . . Like H.L. Mencken, whom she resembles in independence and vigorous expression of
thought, King cannot write a dull paragraph." --Roger Miller, Milwaukee Journal.

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Okay, let's be honest. Rabid fans of television and radio commentator Rush Limbaugh won't like this book. Fans of left-leaning satirist Al Franken, on the other hand, will probably love it. In Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot, Franken takes on the conservative Right in a collection of essays in which the author's own satire often plays straight man to the greater absurdities of political life.

In "One Giant Leap Toward Solving the Budget Crisis," Franken proposes cutting Medicare expenditures and NASA expenses in one fell swoop by shooting the elderly into space. "Just think how many more manned space operations NASA could undertake if they didn't have to worry about getting the astronauts back."   Al Franken's humor is biting, dark, and angry--he takes no prisoners as he skewers the icons of the Right, among them Gingrich, Dole, Phil Gramm and, of course, Rush Limbaugh. Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot will make you laugh, but it might make you mad, too. And that's what Al Franken is aiming for.

Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot: And Other Observations
by Al Franken

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The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error
by Steve Rendall, Jim Naureckas (Contributor), Jeff Cohen (Contributor)

 

A greatly expanded look at some of the whoppers told by "The Lyin' King, " here's Limbaugh versus Reality in areas ranging from American history to the environment, health care to rock and roll, offering excerpts from Limbaugh's books and broadcasts side by side with . . . the truth.  Includes over a dozen photos and cartoons and an introduction by Molly Ivins.

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In the follow-up to his successful "Black Lies, White Lies", a controversial talk-show host presents a practical plan to reclaim our resources and institu- tions from a selfish and exclusive power elite.  Tony Brown's empowering seven-step plan offers an opportunity to break free once and for all from the constricting control of the conspira- torial machinations among the wealthy and powerful that has run the world for far too long - including a point - by - point program for radical reform of the income tax and a proposal to muzzle the Fed, which exerts unconscionable influence over the lives of every American.

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Empower the
People
by Tony Brown

Also by Brown:
Black Lies, White
Lies: The Truth
According to
Tony Brown

Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government
by P.J. O'Rourke

Also by O'Rourke:
All the Trouble in the World: The Lighter Side of Over- population, Famine,
Ecological Disaster, Ethnic Hatred, Plague, and Poverty

If satirists are at their best when tussling with something they hate, then this is P.J. O'Rourke's master- piece. He clearly hates government--and has hated it since before it was cool to do so--and for all the right reasons, too: it's clumsy, inefficient, hypocritical, greedy, and arrogant. In other words, it magnifies the faults of the poor saps who staff it. Parliament of Whores is the humorist's howl of bitter laughter at the entire bloated, num- skulled mess taking aim at the political parties, foreign policy, and more.

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A powerful New York Times bestseller in hardcover, this controversial and compelling expose by one of today's leading conservative voices challenges the effects of modern liberalism, linking it to the unraveling of America's social, economic, and moral fabric. "Starkly honest and powerfully persuasive."--Boston Herald.

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Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and
American Decline
by Robert H. Bork

Also by Bork:
The Tempting of
America

The End of History
and the Last Man
by Francis Fukuyama

Also by Fukuyama:
Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity

Praised as one of the major political and historical works of the '90s, this national bestseller answers the questions raised in Fukuyama's now-famous article: Does history have an end? If so, where are we now? Will economic prosperity lead to peace and happiness? Or will the "last man" plunge the world back into the chaos and bloodshed of history?

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Moral Politics takes a fresh look at how we think and talk about political and moral ideas. George Lakoff analyzed recent political discussions to find that the family - especially the ideal family--is the most important metaphor of today. He looks at how conservatives and liberals link mor- ality to politics through the concept of family and how these ideals diverge. A wake-up call to political pundits on both the left and the right, this work re- defines how American think and talk about politics.

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Moral Politics
by George Lakoff

Also by Lakoff:
Metaphors We Live By

The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism
by Daniel Bell

Also by Bell:
Toward the Year
2000

"Daniel Bell is our lively, necessary sage. He sees our world clearly; he sees our world whole. The new edition of The Cultural Contradictions of capitalism enriches our culture and increases our store of wisdom, sanity, and humanity at a time when cheap opinion threatens them all." --Catherine R. Stimpson, University Professor, Rutgers University, and Director, Fellows Program, MacArthur Foundation

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"This useful collection contains 25 short pieces by 26 conservative African Americans, including Justice Clarence Thomas, Shelby Steele, and Gary Franks. The contributors include journalists and writers, lawyers, economists, a community organizer, philosophers, a social worker, a teacher, and
others.... A major focus is the political centrality of individualism. The pieces are clearly written and maintain a tone that is reasoned and positive.." Choice

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Black and Right
by Stan Faryna (Editor)

The Government We Deserve: Responsive Democracy and Changing
Expectations
by C. Eugene Steuerle (Editor)

Richard Thau, Executive Director, Third Millennium -
"Want to know what the future holds for American government? Don't consult a psychic read this informative book instead. It will both scare and inspire you. And if you're young, it should motivate you to fight to save your future."

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Global Spin shows how, in a relentless assault on democracy and its institutions, the massive, covert power of large corporations has enabled corporate agendas to dominate the international debate about the state of the environment and the most effective means of solving environmental problems.

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Global Spin :
The Corporate Assault on Environmentalism
by Sharon Beder

Not by Politics Alone:
The Enduring Influence of the Christian Right
by Sara Diamond

Examining how conservative evangelical groups have maintained their influence in the United States for more than two decades, Diamond shows that these groups have drawn much of their strength from a broad and loosely affiliated web of cultural institutions designed to meet their adherents' personal, as well as ideological, needs.

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James Carville, chief strategist of Clinton's 1992 War Room, puts the Democrats on the offensive again with this no - holds - barred response to the Republican "Contract With America". Witty, savvy, and just plain smart, this may be the most provocative book of the 1996 campaign season.

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We're Right,
They're Wrong:
A Handbook for
Spirited Progressives
by James Carville

Achieving Our
Country: Leftist Thought in Twentieth - Century America
by Richard Rorty

There are many shameful incidents in America's past: the institution of slavery, genocidal assaults on the indigenous peoples of this continent, the escalation of the Vietnam War, and so on. What should our response to such acts be? Should we regard the nation as irredeemably tainted by sin and spend our time cataloging its evils, or should we acknowledge its shortcomings and make a conscious effort to turn it into a better nation?

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Pick a Better Country
by Ken Hamblin

See also:
Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa

Called by some the "black Rush Limbaugh." wildly popular syndicated radio host Ken Hamblin speaks out on our "victim" culture and the liberal do-gooders who foster it. With the fury and humor that have made him one of talk radio's most controversial stars, Hamblin lashes out against affirmative action, multicultural education, and media glorification of drugs, gansta rap, and gangs.

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Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate 1974-1999
by Bob Woodward

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Also by Woodward:

The Agenda: Inside the Clinton White House



Fat Man in the Middle Seat
by Jack Germond

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Favorites by H.L. Mencken

On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe

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Mencken Chrestomathy

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The Vintage Mencken

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Prejudices: A Selection

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