cover image Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama

Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama

Ann Coulter, read by the author. Penguin Audio, consumer digital download, $39.95 ISBN 978-1-10-160792-3

In her signature fashion, Ann Coulter contends that Republicans have been—and still are—the true champions of racial equality in the United States. She argues that it was only after racial equality was achieved in the late 1960s that Democrats decided to take up the cry for equality. This effort, she insists, took the form of race baiting and—for the last 40 years—tricking minority groups into believing that racial issues still exist. As a narrator, Coulter proves intolerable to anyone but her most ardent fans. Though her prose is at times snide and condescending, these qualities are significantly amplified via her narration. Regardless of one’s political point of view, Coulter’s tone and attitude quickly prove wearing. Coupled with her voice—which mixes a nasal twinge and elongated pronouncing of vowels—many listeners may find themselves turning off the audiobook before its conclusion. A Sentinel hardcover. (Sept.)