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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing Inc; First Printing edition (29 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596981091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596981096
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,371,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michelle Malkin is the author of three bestselling books, including the New York Times bestseller Invasion. She is the founder of two of the Internet's top conservative blogs, and Malkin has worked in daily newspaper journalism since 1992, penned a nationally syndicated column for Creators Syndicate since 1999, and served as a Fox News Channel contributor since 2001. While working as an editorial writer/ columnist for the Seattle Times, she won the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (CoGEL) national award for outstanding service for the cause of governmental ethics and leadership, and for investigative columns that exposed campaign finance abuses and corruption by Washington State Democrats, Republicans, and political organizations. After nearly a decade, Malkin escaped the Beltway swamp and now lives a much healthier, happier, uncorrupted life with her husband and two children in Colorado. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By O. G. M. Morgan on 18 Dec. 2014
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Michelle Malkin is a brilliant American journalist, routinely subjected to vicious attacks, because she is a right-winger, meaning someone who supports constitutional government and the rule of law. In this book, she pointed out how corrupt President Obama's administration was, from the very start. The catalogue of corruption beggars belief: people given, again and again, positions of trust, despite their decidedly shady backgrounds. I should point out that the author meticulously provides footnotes, for all of her assertions.

We've seen four more years (as creepy American party supporters chant, every four years) of Obama, since Michelle Malkin wrote this book. Every word she wrote, four years ago, remains valid, as do the ones she has written since. Malkin, by the way, is equally withering about the Republicans.

Why does this matter in the UK? Personally, I love the United States and Americans (even if I also love making fun of them, from time to time), but they are the only protection we have from disaster. A President dedicated to subverting the Constitution, as Obama is, can't be good for America's allies. In fact, it's even worse: Obama's behaviour towards Poland, the United Kingdom and Israel has repeatedly demonstrated that he hates America's friends.
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When I heard all the 'hopey - changey' messages in '07 from Barry I was sceptical, but I thought, give him a chance, this may be just what the USA needs.
After only a year, I knew American was in for three dark years, and then he got re-elected?
This book reveals in detail and with evidence the sad but deeply corrupt workings of the
O-deception government.
I believe this book should be required reading for every American.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Manchego on 16 July 2010
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The great enemy of clear language is insincerity, in this PC age where every word is "calibrated" and inflated style hides true meaning, and smear is the weapon of choice rather than debate - so this is an unusual book.

Amazingly it is not very controversial - it's all in the public domain - though I'd never heard much of it before, thanks CNN and LA Times!! You really wonder why the mainstream media don't tell it like it is? Thanks Michelle - that was straight up and simply told, you're not going to be popular in the salons of power.

I would recommend this book as it is well written and funny and casts a reasonable light on the rise of Obama in Chicago - and his many helpers there who now run the USA - no small thing, and it doesn't bode well.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Marks on 2 Nov. 2010
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Michelle Malkin gives a clear and solid account of the corrupt activities of Barack Obama and his associates.

If Mr Obama was a Republican the "mainstream" media would be screaming for him, and his associates, to be sent to prison.

There is really little else to be said - Malkin's charges are clear and are well documented. In a sane world Barack Obama, and his associates, would be tried and then sent to prison for a long time.

Certainly if even a small portion of this information had been know to most voters in 2008 Barack Obama would not have been elected dog cather - let alone President of the United States.
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449 of 533 people found the following review helpful
Good well cited book 27 Aug. 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Amazon should only allow people to review the book if you have bought it from them, that way we can eliminate all of the drones trying to rate the book as one star despite the fact they haven't read it.

Now...on to the review.
I like Michelle's writing style. I've been a fan of hers since the 2004 election. I knew she was a journalist before she started writing her blog, so she has the experience in researching and gathering facts before writing the story and research she did.

This book does a very good job of pointing out the corruption of this administration that you won't get in the mainstream media (MSM). While they gush, faint and swoon for this President and affectionately compare him to the next Kennedy, Michelle paints a different picture of Chicago style bare knuckles thug type politics.

Michelle O. is no better. She complains about being kept on the periphery of society while attending Princeton and Harvard, a chance most Americans will never have. She served on a law form before going on to be a "health administrator" at the U. of Chicago Medical Center and eventually helping to create one of the worst medical programs in terms of patient care in the country.

Biden is the epitome of a corrupt politician who engages in nepotism at every turn. He has is greasy little hands in everything funneling tons of earmarks to amtrack buddies and his friends in the State of Delaware.

Valerie Jarrett served as a board member for several organizations that provided funding and support for Chicago housing projects operated by real estate developers and Obama financial backers Rezko and Allison Davis. (Davis is also Obama's former boss.) Jarrett was a member of the Board of Directors for the Woodlawn Preservation and Investment Corporation along with several Davis and Rezko associates, as well as the Fund for Community Redevelopment and Revitalization, an organization that worked with Rezko and Davis. She also managed Grove Parc Plaza, which the Boston Globe said was "uninhabitable by unfixed problems, such as collapsed roofs and fire damage.
In 2006, federal inspectors graded the condition of the complex an 11 on a 100-point scale. The score is so bad the buildings now face demolition. Ms. Jarrett refused to comment this disaster and pocketed a six figure salary to boot.

This is just the beginning, there are many, many more examples of corruption, nepotism, dirty money and mafia style tactics

In this book we get to see the Obama cabinet of tax cheats and swindlers, all things the MSM ignores. Why the GOP doesn't fight this more I don't know. What I do know is if any one of us had pulled these tricks we'd be in an orange jumpsuit. I find it ironic that nomination after nomination was either not paying their taxes or involved in some other corruption charge...hope and change indeed. It's business as usual.

Anyone who fell for the mantra of hope and change need to read this book and see it's not just business as usual, it's Chicago business as usual. This administration of tax cheats, swindlers and self proclaimed marxists will destroy this country.
92 of 110 people found the following review helpful
An eye-opening, enjoyable read, with plenty of hard evidence 23 Mar. 2010
By RivulentDotCom - Published on
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I find myself yet again wishing I could grant this review another half of a star, but since I can't, I just have to stick with four.

The great thing about Michelle Malkin is that she's a trained reporter, so she knows how to source well. Throughout the book she provides references which point back to the "hard" evidence to support her claims.

As such, Malkin has a certain level of credibility that other Obama / Democrat bashing authors severely lack.

There are a few places where Malkin makes a few leaps. For example, she seems convinced that a refusal to disclose certain business deals automatically means the deal is shady, but coming from the business world, I know that is not necessarily the case. She may be correct, but I like to base my opinions on solid facts, not conjecture.

For the most part, her analysis is confined to whatever the evidence strictly supports, and I appreciate that.

As a conservative, and someone who started learning about Chicago politics once Obama announced his candidacy, I found very little in this book outright surprising. Nonetheless, it was a still an eye-opener to see it all compiled in one place.

Liberals will probably discount this book simply because they don't want to believe any of it, but if you can approach it with an open mind you are sure to come away with information that will probably surprise you.

It should be worth noting that a person reading this book should not automatically think that the other side of the political spectrum is much better. Republicans are, in many cases, just as corrupt as the Democrats Malkin outlines in this book. Malkin has nailed some of those Republicans over the years and I respect her for that.

I do encourage folks to not use this book as their sole source upon which to formulate your opinions -- obviously the book is focused on corruption and ethics, and doesn't give much credit where credit is due. Nevertheless, I would consider this an essential read for anyone really trying to get a full background of the nature of politics today, or on the history of the Obama administration's key players pre-White House.
2,299 of 2,859 people found the following review helpful
Should Have Been Titled "Cesspool of Corruption"! 2 Aug. 2009
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Before I proceed with my review, it is clear from the polar opposite 1-star reviews that there are many libs commenting on the book, so let me go ahead and mention the "drone" talking points so they won't get distracted - "Bush lied, people died", "Cheney/Halliburton", "Scooter Libby", "Karl Rove caused Katrina", "Blackwater", "9/11 was in inside job", blah, blah, blah.

Having said all of that, Michelle Malkin did an excellent job of laying out a coherent, well-researched, and systematic roadmap of corruption, self-serving favors, and criminal activity -- all linked to our President and his network of thug insiders. She clearly lays out the proven links between the players and the overwhelming evidence of the role of money and corruption on how things get done in Washington. I had heard of many of these players through other research and reading, but Ms Malkin brought to light NUMEROUS relationships between these players I was not aware of, and which cause an even greater disgust for business as usual. President Obama has somehow convinced all the drones that he's above "Politics as Usual", but the sheer weight of the evidence clearly shows he's neck deep in the "cesspool", but his lips are still moving.

After reading all of the negative reviews on the book, one would hope the detractors could at least debunk the book with facts and evidence, but of course if the allegations are true then that's not, on to Plan B! Attack the author as a right-wing hack, and paint all the readers as ignorant right-wing talk radio heads who can't think for themselves.

I am a well-educated senior executive in business, and I observe every day that "relationships matter", and who a person associates with tells a lot about that person. It is often said that "integrity is what you do when nobody's looking", which I heartily endorse. Based on the contents of this book, if the players are this flagrant in their "visible behavior", can you imagine what they are capable of when nobody's looking?

This was a riveting book which I wasn't able to put down, and well worth the time. I applaud Michelle Malkin for the hard work and thorough research that obviously went into this body of work!
189 of 237 people found the following review helpful
I simply had no idea how bad it is! 20 Aug. 2009
By C. O. Dickerson - Published on
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I am a staunch conservative and have been for many years. If you define an independent as someone whose stomach was turned by George Bush and Barack Obama, then I'm an independent. Neither of these men know anything about small non-intrusive government or conservative values. Well Bush is gone now and the menu before us has Barack Obama's name on the cover. I knew the conservative mantra of negatives about Obama before, during, and after election. He had the most liberal voting record of any Senator, no experience running anything, biggest claim to fame prior to government professional was "community organizer", the Tony Rezko connection, Bill Ayres, Rev. Wright etc. etc. blah blah blah. That was plenty enough for me to believe he was eminently unqualified, if not dangerous, as an American President. Been there...did that.

Then I read Michelle Malkin's "Culture Of Corruption" I fancied myself somewhat of a political junkie and as such could not imagine a jaw-dropping political expose. Wrong again bar room breath. The book is jaw dropper not just because of the plethora of corruptive associations and activities concerning Obama (and his spouse believe it or not), but the vast depth and breadth of corruption involving his key government advisors, appointees, and friends. It is so meticulously documented that it also served as proof positive that mainstream media is even more corrupted than I imagined. The proof was out there!
918 of 1,163 people found the following review helpful
Read the Book 4 Aug. 2009
By B. Newman - Published on
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I'm a Libertarian. Did not vote for Bush. Did not vote for Obama. Loved this book. A very important read. So very few of the one-star reviewers appear to have actually read it. The facts are very well documented and footnoted in the book. I'm open to a refutation--I just haven't seen one that involves well-researched information or facts.

It seems if you consider yourself "conservative" you're predestined to like this book. If you're "liberal" predestined to hate it. However, for someone like me, who reads a lot on both sides of the aisle to find a bit of sense somewhere, this is a great and informative read.
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