What My Experience with Criminal Gangs Taught Me About Obama, Hillary, and the Democratic Party
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A brazen diatribe by conservative author, filmmaker, and convicted felon D’Souza (America: Imagine a World Without Her, 2014, etc.).

Readers familiar with pundit D’Souza’s previous work will recognize here many of his recycled arguments against progressive and liberal claims. The author, convicted in 2014 by federal prosecutors for exceeding campaign finance contributions to his friend Wendy Long, then running for U.S. Senate, was confined in a San Diego confinement center, at his own cost, and given five years’ probation. In his latest book, the author uses the conversations and underworld motivations of his fellow inmates to build his argument that the liberal causes espoused by President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, in particular, are part of a nefarious scheme of criminality to siphon money from the enterprising deserving and give to those who should work harder. D’Souza avows to be glad at this chance to observe closely the “psychology of crookedness.” At first terrified for his safety and then captivated by the colorful personalities and their profuse profanity, D’Souza admired the honor among thieves and code of behavior shared by hardened gang members, recognizing in them a litany familiar to his own right-wing vision: “it’s the idea inspired by my criminal compatriots, that the biggest thieves are in the government, that they are still at large and that what they are stealing is America itself, its wealth and power.” While the dialogue with the criminals saves this work from being a completely mind-numbing polemic, the examples D’Souza employs to bolster his arguments about greed, liberal envy, and the superior value of entrepreneurship prove fanciful stretches of extrapolation. Hilariously, the author compares seminal Chicago activist Saul Alinsky to the Mafia godfather, while his "shakedown" disciples are Obama and Clinton.

The product of the author’s retreat is mocking, sarcastic, paranoid, and nearly unbearable to all but the most hardened readers.

Pub Date: Nov. 17th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-06-236671-9
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Broadside Books/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2015


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