Fanatics and Fools: The Game Plan for Winning Back America

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As America's leaders fight pre-emptive wars abroad and ordinary Americans fight to keep their heads above water here at home, Arianna Huffington offers a no-holds-barred account of where we stand and a clear and remarkable vision of where we should be headed. Taking aim at the ruthless fanatics in the Bush White House and the feckless fools in the all-too-compliant Democratic opposition, the best-selling author of Pigs at the Trough paints a scathing picture of our contemporary political landscape -- peopled with...
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Overview

As America's leaders fight pre-emptive wars abroad and ordinary Americans fight to keep their heads above water here at home, Arianna Huffington offers a no-holds-barred account of where we stand and a clear and remarkable vision of where we should be headed. Taking aim at the ruthless fanatics in the Bush White House and the feckless fools in the all-too-compliant Democratic opposition, the best-selling author of Pigs at the Trough paints a scathing picture of our contemporary political landscape -- peopled with scoundrels and cowards, and awash in the constant and corrosive flow of dirty money.

But the book doesn't stop there. Over the course of her run for governor of California, Arianna Huffington learned that criticism and outrage are not enough. She lays out her game plan for winning back America from our not-so-compassionately-conservative president, now firmly and happily in the grip of right-wing radicals like Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, and John Ashcroft. With the 2004 election fast approaching, Arianna Huffington sees fire in the ashes of the Democratic Party and reason for hope that this can be the year that the people finally take back control of their government and their country.

Fearless, funny, in full command of the facts, and ever passionate, Arianna Huffington offers not just a chapter-and-verse diagnosis of the fanaticism that drives the Bush White House but a bold vision of New Responsibility for rebuilding our broken democracy. If you want to know what you can do to restore America to the promise and moral greatness envisioned by our greatest leaders, from Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt to FDR and Bobby Kennedy, this book is required reading. These are big dreams, but, as Arianna argues, anything smaller guarantees the reelection of George Bush.

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Huffington's latest (after the bestselling Pigs at the Trough) gets off to a rocky start with a scattershot attack on the GOP that reads more like a disjointed assemblage of her syndicated columns than a sustained argument. Though she is capable of biting humor, this material all too often emphasizes weak attempts at humor over facts (most of which have already been covered in myriad other anti-Bush books). She takes several cheap shots, at Rush Limbaugh's drug addiction, for instance, and makes a tasteless crack about inducing premature births so the infants can count as campaign donors. As she shifts into discussing her short-lived candidacy in California's gubernatorial recall, however, Huffington gradually acquires gravitas and cohesiveness to such a degree that the second half of the book feels like a different work. Her detailed analysis of a Democratic leadership "in complete denial" is strong, and this is surely one of the few potentially bestselling political critiques this season to grapple with political philosophers like John Rawls and Leo Strauss. With an impassioned call for all Americans to give more than lip service to charitable impulses, and invoking the spirit of Robert Kennedy, Huffington assembles a multi-issue platform on which she hopes liberals and progressives can unite to unseat Bush in November. Capping a decade-long transformation from classic conservative to social progressive, Huffington effectively mounts an assault on both ruling parties and firmly rebukes any who would still challenge the seriousness of her political ambitions. Agent, Carlton Sedgeley. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565118454
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 7 CDs, 8 hrs.
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 5.94 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Arianna Huffington

ARIANNA HUFFINGTON is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of many books including Fanatics and Fools and How to Overthrow the Government. She holds a master's degree in economics from Cambridge University. Her column appears in newspapers across the country, including The Los Angeles Times and New York Daily News. She has made guest appearances on numerous television shows including The O'Reilly Factor, Larry King Live, Oprah, and The Today Show. She lives in Los Angeles.

ARIANNA HUFFINGTON is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of many books including Fanatics and Fools and How to Overthrow the Government. She holds a master's degree in economics from Cambridge University. Her column appears in newspapers across the country, including The Los Angeles Times and New York Daily News. She has made guest appearances on numerous television shows including The O'Reilly Factor, Larry King Live, Oprah, and The Today Show. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Sect. I The fanatics
The fanatics' matrix 21
When Paul O'Neill sounds like Tip O'Neill 22
Proof? We don't need no stinking proof 25
A field guide to fanatics 28
George Bush takes the blue pill 33
Fanatics in action, part one : the foxes guarding the henhouse 35
America vs. the haters 36
Portraits in fanaticism : Don Rumsfeld, no holds barred 40
Doing the Iraq math 43
Liberation blues 44
Hawk nearly down : Wolfowitz in Baghdad 50
Portraits in fanaticism : Richard Perle, Prince of Darkness 52
Are we feeling safer yet? 56
Portraits in fanaticism : John Ashcroft, the fanatics' fanatic 60
Bush's outrages : the dirty laundry list 67
The Bush record : mission accomplished 70
Crime and very little punishment 74
The secret resignation files : the joy of quitting 78
Fanatics in action, part two : icing the yellowcake 89
Corporate America divvies up the post-Saddam spoils 93
The love triangle of Dick, Saddam, and Halliburton 96
Secrets and the secret keepers : a quiz 102
Pay to play in Iraq 110
Uncle Sam wants you...to give back a billion dollars 115
Portraits in fanaticism : Dick Cheney...the margin of victory for democrats? 117
The reformer with results produces neither 121
Portraits in fanaticism : the Karl Rove diaries 125
The late, great estate tax 130
The fanatics speak 131
Healthy marriages are from Venus, George Bush is from Mars 134
Portraits in fanaticism : Tom DeLay, fund-raiser and fun-raiser 138
Clean air : more mothering, less smothering 142
Leave no donor behind 145
Wayne Berman : portrait of a lobbyist extraordinaire 148
A brief survey of Republican history 149
Still your father's Republican party 153
Sect. II A Bush Republican takes California
The Bush game plan heads west 161
Governor Schwarzenegger : a very familiar kind of republican 163
Arnold Schwarzenegger : what he said and what he did 168
The deal-i-nator 171
The leave-us-alone coalition or the Grover-Jeb-Donna-Arnold nexus 177
A very Schwarzenegger Thanksgiving 179
The charm wars 181
Bread and circuses : then and now 189
Total lack of recall 192
Diary of a seven-week-candidate 199
The rubicon 199
"Arnold on line four" 203
The worst day of my campaign 204
The best day of my campaign 207
"I'm a woman, please hear me roar" 209
In 2004, it's really not easy being green 211
Cruz Bustamante, matchmaker 215
Sect. III The fools
Sheep in sheep's clothing 219
The 2002 Train wreck 224
Our fanatical and foolish society : the symptoms 227
Invasion of the post-election body snatchers 229
The fools face a stacked deck in California 232
Stand by your fool 233
Gray Davis : the Democrats choose decisive inaction 235
The trivial pursuit of the White House 2004 236
Democrats tune violins; Rome smolders 244
The phantom candidate 245
Giving the fools an extreme makeover 250
Building a critical mass against special interest politics 259
The fear factor : Why NASCAR dads keep voting against their own interests 263
Sect. IV The other side of the mountain
Two nations and the fourth instinct 269
Of rights and wrongs 275
Real family values 277
The new responsibility vision 280
Felix Unger for president! 286
The vision personified 290
Not all charity is created equal 293
Compassionate conservatism in the headlines 297
Portraits of struggle 302
Sacrifice is for suckers 316
Americorps and me 322
Civil society : hanging in the balance 325
The new contract for a better America 328
Rallying call 363
Acknowledgments 367
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2004

    The Bush Administration is taken to task

    Arianna Huffington has written an excellent book on the rapidly decaying political structure that has been engineered by George W. Bush. What is stunning about the book is that it is both thoughtful and critical but does not get into pointless personal attacks. Arianna Huffington states that G.W. Bush has so quickened the decline of our society by ignoring the poor and blatantly favoring the rich that the unraveling of our wonderful experiment in democracy is starting to occur. Arnold Schwarznegger is also taken to task for his being a copy of Bush in his disregard for the poor and oppressed. Arianna feels that with politicians like Bush and Arnold getting by with little press criticism our society is in peril and that we need to call upon the Democratic party to become a real party again that actually stands for something lest these men so permanently change our political culture that the damage will be beyond repair. This is a good book that is highly thought out and poses deep and pointed questions about the political process in our country today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2004

    EXCELLENT

    A very startling, informative book about our so-called leaders ('they have not led, we will'). Where they are taking us is anyone's guess but don't think it's very pretty! Arianna writes about some very serious issues but with humor throughout! You will find this enlightening as well as entertaining! All of her books are highly recommended by me.

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