My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is an outstanding political science book!
It is split into 3 parts; The Past is Prologue, The Crime of the Century, and The Plan. Part 1 is a review of history and a look at how Progressives in both parties have gotten us to this point. If you’re someone that still buys into the Republican vs. Democrat game, it’s time for you to move on. For anyone that thinks Beck is some kind of Republican hack, you’re an idiot, there’s no nice way to put it. Beck presents the unedited truth about all administrations, even Reagan doesn’t really get off easy. The chapter that evaluated Bush’s performance was probably the most eye opening of all. I had always wanted to give Bush a chance (I never voted for him for the record), but this just sealed it for me. Bush was worse for this nation fiscally then Bill Clinton.
Part 2 is the shortest part and evaluates the ugly realities of our fiscal mess, folks it’s not pretty!
Part 3 is as it states the plan for fixing America. And it’s one heck of a plan. He goes after everything in here, philosophical and substantive and he even takes on defense spending. Large cuts are proposed everywhere. Every chapter is followed up by some outstanding reading recommendations. He probably recommends 10,000 additional pages of reading in this part of the book.
If you are someone that thinks Beck is a complete idiot, you need to do your homework and listen to him a little. Maybe read this book! He is one of the few Americans that really gets it right now. Even if this book wasn’t totally written by him (one must accept that his staff of researchers probably assisted on this text), the substance inside is incredibly useful to any American concerned about his/her country.
My only complaint is the way the book is sourced, don’t get me wrong it’s well researched and sourced (54 pages of citations), there is no subscript notation in the body to indicate when the citation is applied. The citations in the back of the book refer to the text within the body, it’s a little annoying, but you can get past it.