New York Review of Books
"Gilligan offers far more than a statistical argument. InRepublican ideology, dependence is associated with dishonour andshame. Gilligan offers a compelling model of how this ethictriggers intolerable feelings of being discounted, disrespected, or'dissed' that issue in violence."
Times Literary Supplement
"Amazingly, until this book appeared nobody had spotted thistrend."
"By fusing together the scientific rigour of evidence-basedmedicine with a wealth of theoretical insights from the socialsciences, Gilligan’s book (provides) new and exciting ways ofunderstanding the social and economic determinants of healthand well-being."
LSE Politics Blog
"Gilligan's book deserves a wide audience. It is inspiring tofind a social/behavioral study that may turn out to be of greatimportance, and one that may also prove useful in furtheringinvestigation of the emotion of shame."
"Irrefutable evidence that the politics of the right canactually kill you."
"If you believe politicians can make a difference then thesestatistics will confirm your beliefs."
Sydney Morning Herald
"The Republicans and Conservatives are bad for your health. Theyshould come with the same warning that took years to becomeemblazoned on cigarette packets. This book goes a long way inworking towards that."
"For everyone interested in American politics, this book is amust. It will change the way you think about our two majorpolitical parties."
"James Gilligan has given us a new formula for thinking aboutAmerican politics: smoking is to cancer as republicans are tosuicides and homicides. His findings are not guesswork or politicalwishful thinking, but based on old-fashioned digging throughthousands of pages about data. Gilligan is telling us, in essence,that how we vote is a life or death decision."
Seymour M. Hersh
"A hugely important book, which needs to be widely known - notsimply for its impact on voting, but also to make politicians moreaware of the consequences of their actions and the non-votingpublic more aware of the importance of politics."
Richard Wilkinson, author of The Spirit Level