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4.0 out of 5 stars An eye-opening insiders account of the American Right, 20 May 2004
This review is from: Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative (Hardcover)
At the outset, I confess I'm a British liberal and bought this book partly in the hope it would confirm some of my prejudices about American conservatives but principally to get a rare inside account of what the 'other side' is up to.
And it ain't nice.
The author begins the book by setting out his stall as a journalist who built a career on lies and dragging people's reputations through the mud but simply tells readers that you can either believe him or not - he doesn't expect a sympathetic ear.
However, Brock's writing style and clearly frank approach to his subject is compelling and by the end of the book you'll be left a bit wiser, though a lot more despairing, of politics and those who play it.
Blinded by the Right charts Brock's voyage from one end of the spectrum to the other before settling somewhere in between, all the while revealing how the traditional Republican right has been hijacked by a militant, zealous and downright nasty collection of people who'll do anything and everything to promote their agenda. No hypocrisy is too outrageous to avoid.
For a revealing account of American politics at this most political of times, 'Blinded' is essential reading.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There is a constitutional right to hate, 27 July 2006
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This book is a terrible exposure of the powers behind the (extreme) right in the US, of their methods, of their foot-folk and their `morals'.

The powers are the fundamentalist Christian Right, extreme wealthy families and corporate interest. Those powers are firmly anchored in the Republican Party.

Their means are disgusting smear campaigns, vulgar attacks on political opponents, totally biased reporting, in one word `whournalism'.

Their working method are `see what you are supposed to see', `turn a blind eye to facts that do not suit your political aims' and `paper over monstrous moral wrongs in the service of the perceived morality of your cause'.

Their foot-folk are members of think-tanks, media men, investigators, journalists, intelligence personnel. The author considered himself as a right-wing hit-man, profiting hugely from his totally biased or completely fabricated scribbles.

This book unveils the raw selfishness, the protection of sinister (Bertrand Russell) interests (`cutting taxes to defund the left') and the blatant hypocrisy and hidden opportunism of many of the members of these groups (`a decadent and hypocritical conservative elite, leading public and private lives that bore little resemblance to each other').

This book exposes relentlessly huge monuments of vulgarity and ghastly political horror stories.

It gives a terrible picture of extremely powerful political groups within the US society.

Not for the faint-hearted.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An eye-opening insiders account of the American Right, 20 May 2004
At the outset, I confess I'm a British liberal and bought this book partly in the hope it would confirm some of my prejudices about American conservatives but principally to get a rare inside account of what the 'other side' is up to.
And it ain't nice.
The author begins the book by setting out his stall as a journalist who built a career on lies and dragging people's reputations through the mud but simply tells readers that you can either believe him or not - he doesn't expect a sympathetic ear.
However, Brock's writing style and clearly frank approach to his subject is compelling and by the end of the book you'll be left a bit wiser, though a lot more despairing, of politics and those who play it.
Blinded by the Right charts Brock's voyage from one end of the spectrum to the other before settling somewhere in between, all the while revealing how the traditional Republican right has been hijacked by a militant, zealous and downright nasty collection of people who'll do anything and everything to promote their agenda. No hypocrisy is too outrageous to avoid.
For a revealing account of American politics at this most political of times, 'Blinded' is essential reading.
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