I’m trying to read Blacklash by Deneen Borelli, but it is a tough read

Many times people write comments encouraging me to read books and media written or sposored by conservatives, and I actually do. So last week I was at the library and I saw the book Blacklash, How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation written by Deneen Borelli, I checked it out and have been making an attempt to read it. Bad move on my part. When I saw that the author refered to the president on the cover of the book as simply Obama I should have known this was going to be a tough one, but I was not deterred. I started reading it and in the first few chapters she strikes out at Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Rep. Charlie Rangel. This was no surprise. They all have well documented histories and she simply highlighted the negative, but her assessment of the President Obama is brutal, he is a politician and he is fair game. Page 66 of her book stopped me in my tracks she speaks about First lady Obama traveling to Spain and meeting with the king and queen and then she asks “Does she think she’s a queen too?” She goes on to say “Despite failed policies and a declining economy, Michelle and Barack demonstrate an attitutde of arrogance and elitism. They seem to act more like white elites than blacks struggling to keep their heads above water in desperate times and that’s wrong.” The writer seems to view the president and the first lady with disdain. It almost comes across as personal. She writes as if she actually knows them and that is not the case, but her contempt for the President makes this book a tough read. If you know of any books written by conservatives that state facts not opinions let me know about them. simply send it via comment.

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  • Janiah Hoff  On August 7, 2012 at 2:52 am

    You might try one of the many books by Dr. Thomas Sowell, a prominent black economist, whichever of his books, particularly the most recent ones, that strikes your interest the most. Perhaps a collection of his recent syndicated columns, as that covers a lot of topics succinctly. He writes very well and is very logical and topical. He has the gift of making difficult concepts easy to understand while at the same time not taling down to anyone who is already familiar with the material. His books sell very well, so they meet the test of the marketplace.

    You didn’t say if you want to read a black conservative author or not but Dr. Sowell happens to be a black conservative, in case you do what that perspective.

  • Andrew Pang  On August 9, 2012 at 3:17 am

    What sells in the modern media? Opinion and sensationalism. That is why more people are watching the MSNBC and Fox News opinion shows like Al Sharpton or Sean Hannity rather than CNN’s general news shows. Furthermore, the axe to grind that Borelli has is exactly why books like hers dominate the best seller lists and the political section of the local chain bookstore or library.

    As for book recommendations I recently read this book “Throw Them All Out” by Peter Schweizer, a fellow at the Hoover Institutition, the same conservative think tank that employs Thomas Sowell. Although I’m a liberal Democrat I found that book (just under 200 pages) very informative and balanced, as Schweizer goes after both (D) and (R) Congress members for insider trading and crony capitalism.

    Here are some other general political books I’ve read and found to be more informative, less infotaining:
    – “Winner-Take-All Politics” by Jacob S. Hacker
    – “Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the House of Representatives” by Robert Draper
    – “Free lunch : how the wealthiest Americans enrich themselves at government expense (and stick you with the bill)” by David Cay Johnston
    – “The hunt for KSM : inside the pursuit and takedown of the real 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed” by Terry McDermott and Josh Meyer
    – “Manhunt : the ten-year search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad” by Peter Bergen
    – “The escape artists : how Obama’s team fumbled the recovery” by Noam Scheiber
    – “Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became “People” – And How You Can Fight Back” by Thom Hartmann (also a great radio host)

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