Take Them at Their Words: Shocking, Amusing and Baffling Quotations from the Gop and Their Friends, 1994-2004 (英語) ペーパーバック – 2004/2
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In the wake of the Republican revolution of 1994, when the G.O.P. won majority status in the U.S. House of Representatives and House Speaker Newt Gingrich's "Contract With America" made best-seller lists, Bruce J. Miller began collecting the verbal and rhetorical gems of freshman Republicans and their many friends in the media as well as a smattering of oddities from the other end of the political spectrum. "Take Them At Their Words" is an amusing, shocking and revealing compendium of quotes taken from a wide variety of sources such as the "Congressional Record," radio and television, newspapers, books, magazines and websites. The quotes are grouped under headings like "Earth day at the G.O.P." and "Love Thy Neighbor." Twelve contemporary political cartoons are also included."
Bruce J.Millerhas written for public radio in Chicago and Iowa City. He is a special contributor to the "RedEye" edition of the "Chicago Tribune" and co-author, with his wife Julia Anderson-Miller, of "Dreams of Bill, a collection of Funny, Strange and Downright Peculiar Dreams about our President, Bill Clinton" (Citadel Press, 1994). He lives in Chicago. Diana Maio is a researcher and graphic artist who lives in Chicago. Mike Luckovich is an editorial cartoonist who has worked for the "Atlanta Journal-Constitution" since 1989. His comics are syndicated nationally to 150 newspapers, including "Chicago Tribune," "Detroit News," "Houston Chronicle," "Los Angeles Times," "Nashville Tennessean," and the "Seattle Times." He lives in Atlanta.Sidney Blumenthal, former adviser to President Bill Clinton, is the author of "How Bush Rules" (Princeton) and a regular columnist for the "Guardian" and "Salon.com.""
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As someone who recalls hearing the quote in question, I can understand why the extreme right would be so fearful of this book, since it clearly demonstrates the power of the printed word. To see an entire book of similarly misguided and hateful quotes is not only amusing in a perverse sort of way, but it also stands as a record of all of the divisive and ignorant comments made on a daily basis by many of the men and women who are set with the challenge of leading our nation.
Bruce Miller's book is a must-read for anyone interested in American politics. Not only is it entertaining, it also provides a bigger picture of why our nation is so polarized--with so many people spewing words of hatred and fear, this book serves as a reminder that we still have a long way to go if we're to reach any sort of middle ground.
I highly recommend this book. You may feel like you've heard it all before, but seeing all of it collected in one place--in print--makes it all the more dramatic.