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"Coates seeks to provide liberal activists with sound policy arguments on eight issues: trickle-down economics, welfare, social security reform, health care, immigration, religion, the war in Iraq, and economic prosperity. A distinctive feature of the book is that each chapter opens with a summary of the conservative arguments the author seeks to refute. These summaries are well documented, and Coates makes an effort to state his opponents' views accurately, although he does tend to showcase the far Right rather than a more moderate conservative position. He then replies to these arguments with a thoroughly researched presentation of a liberal view. As the title suggests, the aim is to help liberals argue successfully, rather than to win over moderates or conservatives. Consequently, Coates is able to avoid a polemical tone and present his evidence objectively. While the primary audience will be liberal activists, the volume would also be useful for courses where an instructor would like an example of liberal views. Given its thorough notes, it would also be a useful reference for those wishing to study any of the issues more deeply. Recommended. General readers, all undergraduates, and practitioners."