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In post-9/11 America, authoritarians and politicians are happily leaning on the panic button for fun, profit, and the ongoing oppression of a frightened populace. This timely book examines that fear: where it came from, how it's promoted, and what can be done about it. Author Bob Cesca hits a bracingly wide range of targets — the right-wing noise machine, climate change deniers, creeping fascism from the Bush White House — before presenting a sober, sensible plan for fighting and overcoming this potentially ...
In post-9/11 America, authoritarians and politicians are happily leaning on the panic button for fun, profit, and the ongoing oppression of a frightened populace. This timely book examines that fear: where it came from, how it's promoted, and what can be done about it. Author Bob Cesca hits a bracingly wide range of targets — the right-wing noise machine, climate change deniers, creeping fascism from the Bush White House — before presenting a sober, sensible plan for fighting and overcoming this potentially irreversible trend.
Posted November 13, 2008
We may not always agree with one another politically, but the central thesis of this book, that our politics are tainted with the stench of fear drummed up for political purpose, is one which will light the revolutionary spark that is the birthright of every American - and it comes not a moment too soon. As our nation gears up for "Change" and "Hope" under the administration of our history-making 44th President, we must stand guard against the impulse in ourselves, and others, to cheat America of its best days because we are cowering in fear.<BR/><BR/>Those familiar with Bob Cesca's writings both on his own blog (www.bobcesca.com) and on the Huffington Post, will be delighted to discover that Bob does not turn into a "stuffy academic" when setting his pen to the longer form. Those not familiar with Mr. Cesca's writings are in for a treat. (And fair warning - tolerance of "colorful language is a must... but it's worth it!) Forceful, assertive, and honest, I've become a fan of Bob Cesca, largely because of how completely forthright, and upright he is. It isn't just that he expresses his opinions with emotional honesty - its that in his expression, both by word and by tone, he demonstrates a thorough and absolute rejection of the politics of hate, division, and fear.<BR/><BR/>I'm sure that Mr. Bob Cesca and I disagree on a number of points, not limited to his colorful language. But in the reclamation of our national character, defense of our liberties, and refusal to let fear cause us to sell our heritage away, Mr. Cesca will find common cause with patriots everywhere.
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Posted December 15, 2008
I hate politics, which consists largely of people behaving badly. This is why I love Bob Cesca. Best known as the Huffington Post columnist who also runs his own political web site, Cesca, unlike many political bloggers, knows how to convey his message in more ways than simply screaming it. <BR/><BR/>Bob Cesca loves politics and delivers his liberal message efficiently and incisively using a variety of media. At www.bobcesca.com I find well-informed commentary by Cesca and his regulars as well as a stream of newsbytes, news videos, and relevant music videos and film clips. There's something for everyone.<BR/> <BR/>It was with great pleasure that I read Bob Cesca's new book One Nation Under Fear, the first blog-style book I've encountered. I'm surprised that Cesca was able to maintain his online writing style in print, but this book is as much fun as his HuffPo columns, and most of his extensive and well-researched references are electronic. <BR/><BR/>Cesca writes like a street-fighter. He has an uncanny ability to take whatever's at hand, be it a word, a quote, or a news item, and fashion it into a homemade weapon. His hip, colorful vocabulary usually hits its mark. One Nation Under Fear includes, not surprisingly, an extended section on the art of name-calling.<BR/><BR/>Like many of us, Cesca is fed up with the politicians who've used fear to control our nation for eight years. His book offers a detailed, behind-the-scenes revelation of the Bush administration's use of terror tactics to consolidate its power. There are alarming descriptions of Orwellian doublespeak and abundant evidence of groupthink among the president and his cronies. <BR/><BR/>Fortunately, the disturbing details are punctuated with amusing ribaldry and personal anecdotes. The funniest is Cesca's run-in, as a college intern, with G. Gordon Liddy (of Watergate fame), who aired his talk show out of the building in which Cesca interned. This hilarious, formative collision seems to have set Cesca firmly on his career path of snarkery. <BR/><BR/>Cesca deserves kudos for ending his book with a discussion of global climate change. He correctly notes that this, not the current economic crisis, is our biggest challenge. Cesca compares Al Gore's optimistic 2008 speech on climate change to the fear-mongering of the Bush administration. Said Gore: "I believe we have the capacity at moments of great challenge to set aside the causes of distraction and rise to the challenge that history is presenting us." <BR/><BR/>How right you are, Al Gore, to encourage instead of terrify us. And how lucky we are to have political street-fighters like Bob Cesca. Our political bloggers are the new generation of the Fourth Estate, the people who hold the true balance of power in this country.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.