Tag: Politicians

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I did have to read this twenty pages at a time as my bedtime book, but I am still glad that I picked it up even if it’s out of date by now and no longer really relevant.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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Lynn Gaspard – Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic | Review

Title: Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic

Author: Lynn Gaspard

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 184

Rating: 5*/5

 

Lynn Gaspard - Don't Panic, I'm Islamic

Lynn Gaspard – Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic

 

Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

This little collection is beautiful, and it’s a must-read for anyone right now, especially with the uncertain political climate. It’s essentially an anthology of stories that are written by or about Muslims in response to the rise of Islamic extremism and Islamophobia brought on by politicians.

It’s basically the reminder that the world needs that Muslims are people just like everyone else, and the sharp writing inside, coupled with the beautiful artwork and the thought-provoking subject matter, does a great job of illustrating both our differences and our similarities. It also pokes fun at the way that society deals with Muslims, and I thought that was fantastic. It’s self-deprecating but simultaneously right on the nail.

If you’re a free thinker who believes in equality, and if you’re sick of the way that the media portrays Muslims and minorities, you need to read this book.

 

Lynn Gaspard

Lynn Gaspard

 

Click here to buy Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic.