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What can you tell me about the book "The Amature" by Ed Kline?

Asked by Dutchess_III (36153points) September 26th, 2012

It’s a book about Obama. A friend is reading it and is deeply impressed. I can’t seem to find any reviews on it, other than right wing raves about how it really shows us the “real” (bad) Obama.

Is it a work of fiction?

Is it just a rehashing of all of the old rumors and stories and lies, all of which have been discredited?

Can anyone tell me where I can find an unbiased review of the book?

I’d like to know more about it before I spend money buying it.

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gailcalled's avatar

Don’t buy it. Borrow it from the friend when s/he is finished. Not being able to find an objective review in all of the usual places should tell you something.

Use the money to buy yourself something wonderful like a pair of socks with pigs on them.

gailcalled's avatar

^^^Good catch.

There are 120 one-star reviews to balance the right-wing raves.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Ugh! That is my official response to this book.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I did some checking at work…the author himself doesn’t sound credible: From Wikipedia
Klein has been criticized for his biography of Hillary Clinton titled, The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She’ll Go to Become President, which was released on June 21, 2005.[2] Politico criticized the book for “serious factual errors, truncated and distorted quotes and overall themes [that] don’t gibe with any other serious accounts of Clinton’s life.” [3].The book was attacked not only by liberals, but by conservatives. John Podhoretz wrote in the New York Post, “Thirty pages into it, I wanted to take a shower. Sixty pages into it, I wanted to be decontaminated. And 200 pages into it, I wanted someone to drive stakes through my eyes so I wouldn’t have to suffer through another word.” In National Review James Geraghty wrote, “Folks, there are plenty of arguments against Hillary Clinton, her policies, her views, her proposals, and her philosophies. This stuff ain’t it. Nobody on the right, left, or center ought to stoop to this level.”[1]

Looking further I find a transcript from an Al Franken show where they grilled him down about many of the claims he made about Hilary Clinton. “Hosts Al Franken and Katherine Lanpher, and guest Joe Conason confronted author Edward Klein on the many factual errors, distortions, and misleading claims in his attack book on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), The Truth About Hillary (Sentinel, 2005).”

I looked at a preview on Amazon, and it opens with a supposed debate between Hilary and Bill, Bill is saying Obama is an “amateur” and he encourages Hilary to run against him. She declines. The passages are written as though the author was witnessing this debate first hand…that right there flagged me, big time. Unless he was literally a fly on the wall, that didn’t seem feasible.

After reading about the trash and lies he wrote about Hilary, there is NO WAY he was witness to any discussion between Bill and Hilary!

augustlan's avatar

@Dutchess_III Guess we won’t be reading that book, huh? ;)

Dutchess_III's avatar

No. Not unless you’re the kind of person to read about The Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle…and believe everything you’re reading!

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