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Culture of Complaint: The Fraying of America

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

    I'm fraying too (trying to decipher some of these words haha)

    Culture of Complaint (the fraying of America) by Robert Hughes is a book about the fraying of America and the problems produced by both sides of the political playing field. Hughes brings up issues such as Reagan's "dumbing down" of America and his ability to persuade the public to be more accepting and tolerant of lies when he is talking about the right wing politics. While firing shots at the left wingers he brings up the overuse of "political correctness", Afrocentrism, and the academic obsession with theory.
    This book was an excellent but challenging read. The book brought many good points on the faults of American society and politics but used many words that would be outside most people's vocabulary making it not a very good choice of books for the average person. Some things I liked about this book was how Hughes didn't take one side or the other not brandishing himself as left or right wing. Another thing I enjoyed while reading this book is how Mr. Hughes isn't afraid to rustle feathers while he speaks his mind on several touchy subjects like political etiquette and feminism. Some things I didn't like about this book was the dryness of the book; the books concepts were excellent but there presentation was a bit boring but I'm also a seventeen year-old so it doesn't take much to bore me. This book should be read by anyone who values America and its longevity as a thriving country or anyone who enjoys a good political banter. If you enjoy these types of books I would also recommend Things I Didn't Know: A Memoir by Robert Hughes and Nothing If Not Critical: Selected Essays on Art and Artists by Robert Hughes which are two of Robert Hughes other novels. On a scale from one to five I would rate this book a solid four because of its relevant and important points on American society.

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