by Peter Schweizer get it here: An
entertaining exposure of the hypocrisy among some prominent liberals Do the supporters of progressive taxes, affirmative action, strict environmental safeguards, and unionized labor practice what they preach? In a word: NO. Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy is Hoover Fellow Peter Schweizer’s hard-hitting exposÃ© of the contradictions between the public stances and real-life behavior of prominent liberals like Hillary Clinton, Michael Moore, Al Franken, Ted Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi, Ralph Nader, Barbra Streisand, and many more.
customer reviews Very interesting, January 20, 2006
Reviewer: Rafael Saavedra Jr. – Great book, I had a hard time getting it at local book stores, I had to order it,by this I mean you are not going to see it when you walk in, but then it has happened to me before with some conservative books. It is a fun book to read and great facts to know,I almost read the whole book the same day. Hypocrites hate when they are exposed and this book just do that.
Excellent Book, very easy reading, January 21, 2006
Reviewer: John Jiang – Mr. Schweizer makes a good point that some conservatives do not live up to the principles of their own, but they are not happy about it and most don’t want to continue. Most liberals enjoy violating their own priciples and profit from doing so.
An “Intelligent” Observation , January 22, 2006
Reviewer: John Grosskopf “Intelligent Reader” (Austin, Texas) –
I had almost as much fun reading the Amazon customer reviews for this book than reading the book itself!
Up front, the book is not (nor tries to be) an unbiased look at hypocrisy across the political spectrum from left to right. Its title spells that out for you clearly, so if you have a problem with that from the “git-go,” find a book more agreeable to your own biases.
This book is not balanced in and of itself, but rather is a deliberate “right-leaning” expose of the hypocritical personal behavior of proud “left-leaning” individuals like Michael Moore, Al Franken, Ted Kennedy, and others of that ilk.
As such, it does its job well, is a brisk & ironically humorous read, and offers a thoughtful exploration of verifiable acts of hypocrisy of many high profile political heroes on the left. Are there hypocrites on the right? Of course, but that is another book for another author (remember this book’s title?…duhhh!).
Ironically, in reading the online Amazon reviews of the book, I found that a majority of reviewers who gave the book only one star did not review the book, but instead zealously attacked it from a rabid leftist point of view. I’m not saying they all did not read it (though it is quite obvious from some of the reviews that more than a few did not), but in my estimation, a pattern quickly emerged that those one-star reviewers were more offended by the fact the book exists to expose the “faults” of their ideological idols than the exposed hypocrisy itself.
After doing a quick search of other reviews from some of the same reviewers who gave this book one star, I found many glowing five star reviews for books from authors on the left whose works are just as politically polarized, but from of course, a very liberal viewpoint. Many of those authors are examined in ‘Do As I Say,’ so the ironic hilarity of the one-star reviewers “collective” point of view jumps up a notch in my book (no pun intended).
This begs the following question: are the one-star reviewers actually reviewing the book, or simply attacking it to support the actions/hypocrisy of their political heroes (and perhaps in their own lives)? Ironically (again), like the individuals exposed by Schweizer, one need only look at their words to find the answer.
Interesting – it’s hard not to be cynical…, January 22, 2006
Reviewer: Dennis R. Mitton “tolstoy” (pacific nw, usa) –
A good nosey read (but should be tempered by an understanding that the parties on both sides of the aisle have their own `confusions.’) It’s hard not to believe that the folks outlined in this book take the cake, though. And there’s good reason for that. Conservatives tend to give lip service to business concerns and to fiscal responsibility. So when they engage in those activities and become sucessful, well, it seems consistent. When more `progressive’ types weigh in by wringing hands over every injustice done to man and then it’s found that they live lives of enviable ease and wealth it smacks of hypocrisy. This leads to an interesting question: if Kennedy’s (to use a glaring example) philosophy doesn’t or can’t work for him why should we expect that it will for anyone else?