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Arianna Huffington – Fanatics and Fools | Review

Title: Fanatics and Fools

Author: Arianna Huffington

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 372

Rating: 3.5/5

 

Arianna Huffington - Fanatics and Fools

Arianna Huffington – Fanatics and Fools

 

I have mixed feelings about this book, and when I first started it I wasn’t enjoying it to the point at which I almost gave up on it. I was filming an unhaul video for my BookTube channel when I happened to notice that my copy of this was signed by Huffington herself. That made me think that I might as well keep it.

It’s basically a big long book about the 2004 presidential election, outlining Huffington’s theories on what a democratic candidate would need to successfully unseat George Bush. Obviously it didn’t quite turn out that way, but it’s strange because a lot of what she says about this new leader that they need could be describing Barack Obama.

Huffington also has an interesting take on things because she’s no stranger to politics. She ran against Arnold Schwarzenegger for the role of governor of California, and she has some interesting things to say about his brand of politics — and indeed of Republican politics in general.

 

Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington

 

One of the main themes in this book is the way in which corporate America basically makes a mockery of democracy, with politics for sale to the highest bidder. Huffington clearly knows her stuff and I wouldn’t be surprised if she has a dossier on her computer to this day detailing all of the sleazy, sketchy stuff that politicians get up to, not just in America but around the world.

Sure, it’s sometimes a little slow going, and I did have to read this twenty pages at a time as my bedtime book, but I am still glad that I picked it up even if it’s out of date by now and no longer really relevant. I also found Huffington’s writing style a little abrasive to begin with just because of how sarcastic she can get, but after a while I was able to overcome it.

All in all, I liked what she had to say here and if she was running for office somewhere that meant I could vote for her, I probably would. And most of the policy ideas she shared were spot on.

 

Arianna Huffington Quote

Arianna Huffington Quote

 

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Barack Obama – The Audacity of Hope | Review

Title: The Audacity of Hope

Author: Barack Obama

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 376

Rating: 8/10

 

Barack Obama - The Audacity of Hope

Barack Obama – The Audacity of Hope

 

It took me longer to get properly into The Audacity of Hope than it did for Dreams From My Father, and I almost considered abandoning my attempt to read it. I’m glad that I didn’t, though – sure, it can seem a little scary at first, particularly if you don’t know too much about America, its history and its government, but Obama has a way with words that helps him to explain even complex concepts simply – that said, I still have no idea what filibustering is.

You have to hand it to the guy – it’s clear by now that he has a gift for public speaking, but he’s a truly talented writer, too. From a non-fiction writer, all that you ask is that they make their subject as easy to understand as possible, and Obama does that with all of the flair of a storyteller. In fact, the success of the book as a whole is largely down to the fact that it’s treated almost like an extended series of anecdotes, and it certainly makes it easier to remember the points that the president was attempting to convey.

It also lays clear, once and for all, what Obama’s views are on a number of controversial subjects including the Iraq war, abortion and, of course, equal rights for minorities. None of it is especially groundbreaking, especially now after he’s been in office for so long, but it’s still a great way to get a glimpse inside the mind of the most powerful man on earth.

Distilled into a short paragraph, Obama’s views are essentially that we should all treat each other with the respect that we all deserve, that we should aim to compromise if necessary to develop a better future, and that at the end of the day, the audacity of hope and the power of individual people coming together under a common cause will be enough to make the world a better place. Let’s hope he’s right – I certainly agree with him, and it’s fascinating to see how he maintained his position as best as he could on the subjects that he mentions.

 

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

 

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