SHOWDOWN: Confronting Bias, Lies and the Special Interests That Divide America

Larry Elder, Author . St. Martin's $24.95 (352p) ISBN 978-0-312-30179-8

Elder's new book is not for the timid and weak of mind. In his second book, the popular California radio host and author of the bestselling The Ten Things You Can't Say in America, accuses the U.S. government of "liberal fascism," denying its people the freedom to work hard, make their own choices and reap the benefits of their labor. He takes us back to a vision of America as he says the Founding Fathers intended it to be: less government, more personal responsibility; less red tape, more freedom; less dependency, greater wealth. With an arsenal of facts and real-life evidence, Elder assails many of what he terms societal myths. Racism in America? Almost nonexistent, he declares. Public education? Get rid of it. The mainstream media? Obstreperous in its liberal bias, shameful in its denial. No special group or interest escapes the author's indictment. The essential purpose of government, Elder asserts, is to protect its citizens. As evidenced by the September 11 tragedy, he argues, the government cannot adequately defend its citizens when its elected officials are pouring time and money into a vast array of pet projects. It is time, Elder declares, for a reshuffling of priorities. Although somewhat slapdash, this remains a provocative charge. Elder's voice is refreshing even when you disagree with him. (Sept.)

Forecast:This book's success will no doubt be similar to that of Elder's previous book: expect to see it on bestseller lists alongside Ann Coulter's Slander.

Reviewed on: 09/09/2002
Release date: 10/01/2002
Genre: Nonfiction
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