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After reading Coulter's book, I'm pretty much ashamed I was ever apart of the Liberal Party. I'm proud of being a black American and I'll never look at the media in same light again.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
I'm not as interested in the politics of race relations as I am in the social impacts, but often the two are inseparable in regards to this subject. So I found this book informative and interesting. Ann Coulter is, of course, a Fox News anchor and an obvious Republican, and quite a bit of this book was aimed toward slinging insults at the Democratic party. Fair enough in this case, although she does skip over some of the Republican transgressions in this area. However, I knew this would be the format of the book when I bought it, so I can't complain. Besides, by and large, I do agree with her that the vast majority of harm in the area has been done by left leaning liberals.
Being a media personality herself, Ann does concentrate quite a bit on the media's role in agitating racial "problems" that didn't exist until the media declared it was a problem and whipped up sentiment to that effect. She brings up a plethora of legal cases, weighing the real evidence and court findings against the liberal media's coverage and "community" reaction based on media coverage. Much of this was new information for me, and I enjoyed her insight. She was also surprisingly funny at times, and that was a bonus.
My problem with this book is simply that it will probably not be enjoyed by those with liberal/Democrat political leanings, and they are the very ones who need to be made aware that pandering does no one any good, least of all those who are being pandered to. In that respect, she will be, by and large, preaching to the choir with this book, since most of her readers will be prepared to believe (or already know) her subject matter. She is so antagonistic toward liberal Democrats that I can't see any of them sitting through this book with an open mind.
If the subject of racial demagoguery interests you, and you want to hear the facts from a somewhat less politically motivated writer, I would suggest reading Thomas Sowell's brilliant book "Black Rednecks and White Liberals" which takes the history of the problem back further and goes into more depth. It doesn't concentrate quite so much on media involvement and more on the historical and social aspects leading up to more current events. Mr. Sowell also has the added credibility of being a black man from Harlem and a world renowned economist. Ms Coulter does reference this book a few times, as the material is very similar in nature.
Ann Coulter did a good job of reading her own material, though not perfect, although I think that the few (very few) faults I found in her performance would not have been an issue with better editing.
Overall, a very good book, but if you don't already lean toward conservatism, it probably isn't for you.
10 of 17 people found this review helpful
Anne Coulter has a refreshingly honest explanation for our society. well researched, well presented arguments.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
This book give you great Insight to what media leaves out, and what parts of the story it wants you to focus on. The Media edits out what does not fit the Liberal agenda.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
What would have made Mugged better?
Coulter jumps too quickly between factoids without establishing the validity of statements. Far too much hypocrisy and double standards. Not enough time spent justifying ideology with far too much focus on revisionist and cherry picked interpretations of landmark cases involving liberals and black people. Spends far too little time addressing feminism or gay marriage equality or explaining why these are not to be considered civil rights issues. Constant redefinition of terminology in a completely self serving manner for example; racism = what liberals do to blacks, demagoguery = something only liberals are capable of, Celtics = backwards and the cultural source of black people's problems, Civil Rights = furthering the interests of black people, Obama = ultra liberal. Uses every possible opportunity to resort to insult when more focus on ideological debate would be more productive.
How could the performance have been better?
Ann Coulter has a grinding sounding voice and should have left the reading of her own text to a professional reader.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mugged?
Many of the chapters mid way through the book dwell on historical election results or cherry picked statements regarding perceived liberal interpretations of said events, not really relevant or interesting to modern political or ideological discourse.
Any additional comments?
Mugged only helps to reinforce what the political certain already know about their opposition, a partisan polemic that will have little to offer the open minded or centrist reader. An interesting insight into the mental gymnastics and blatant hypocrisy required to sustain alt-right political thinking.