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Publisher's Summary

The Left is angry: angry at President George W. Bush, the war in Iraq, the "right-wing media", and more. And as National Review investigative writer Byron York reveals in this stunning, meticulously reported book, liberal activists have harnessed that anger to build the biggest, richest, and best organized political movement in American history. Indeed, the Left's failure to oust President Bush in 2004 has obscured the fact that this new movement has transformed American politics. York documents the staggering scope of liberals' efforts, the record sums of money spent, the "shell game" financial maneuvers, the close coordination between "nonpartisan" groups and the Democratic Party, the revolutionary approaches to fund-raising and reaching out to voters, the pioneering use of movies and Web sites as campaign tools, and more. The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy provides a startling behind-the-scenes look at this powerful liberal movement. York brings the reader into secret powwows at Soros' Hamptons estate, into the Chinese restaurant where MoveOn is born, to a gala event where Al Franken rants about the evils of the right wing, to fund-raisers where liberals openly mock the election laws they're ignoring, to the movie premiere where Michael Moore is feted by top-ranking Democrats, into the Washington restaurant where Democratic operatives hatch their plan, and to many other spots along the way. One thing above all becomes clear: despite their failure to win in 2004, liberals will only keep improving the well-oiled political machine they built.
©2005 Byron York; (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.
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"Byron York shines a brilliant light into the very heart of liberal darkness. An essential guide to how the Far Left tried to take power in 2004, and how it hopes to succeed in 2008." (David Frum)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Brian Dowrick on 01-25-06

Not a Left Bashing Circus

Thought it was going to be another Left Bashing Circus. I was very surprised to find out it was more like a history,
and critique of how the Liberal end of Democrats did. This reads more like a sport team season review. We did THIS, they did THAT. Next
time we should do THIS. Very interesting, and factual. Not at all like an Ann Coulter Book. If you like facts,
and balanced, well laid out, reports, then you will also like Mexifornia as well.

And as for the people who gave this ONE star, they obviously did not read it, and are biasing their review on simple Hate.
The title was actually created by the Leftists themselves. They noted that the Conservatives were organized, and
coordinated their efforts. They wanted to imitate that, and jokingly called themselves "The vast LEFT Wing Conspiracy".

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Erik on 08-21-05

Suprisingly good...

Despite a the title, this is actually a low key, well researched book.

The title, by the way ("The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy") is not the authors opinion, but is the self chosen name by a group of democratic fundraisers. Ie, they think the right has a vast conspiracy, and they want one too.

Well researched, well docuemented, and interesting. Right wingers would probably prefer that this book was never published, since it lays a clear blueprint for the left to get its act together.

An entertaining listen, an object lesson to the left, and a warning to the right.

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7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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