Wingnuts by John Avlon
How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America

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Wingnuts exist on the extreme edges of the political spectrum. They’re the professional polarizers and the unhinged activists, the hardcore haters and the paranoid conspiracy theorists. They’re people who always try to divide us instead of unite us. And at a time when the fringe is blurring with the base, they’ve hijacked American politics.

The Obama era has been a boom-time for Wingnuts, kicked off by a financial collapse and the election America’s first black president. For some, losing an election feels like living under tyranny. John Avlon tracks down preachers who pray for the president’s death, goes inside the growing “Hatriot” militia movement, and identifies the fright-wing swamp where the Obama “Birthers” and the Bush-era “9/11 Truthers” bubble up.

Wingnuts echo earlier fear-fueled movements in American history. But bolstered by the rise of hyper-partisan media, the Wingnut echo chamber is more influential than ever before and it has led directly to the division and dysfunction in Congress. Avlon asserts that the time has come for the moderate majority of Americans to straighten their civic backbone and hold the extremes accountable while restoring a sense of perspective to our politics.

About John Avlon

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ROBERT J. SEIDMAN'S first novel, One Smart Indian, was published to acclaim in 1979. He is co-author of Ulysses Annotated. Seidman's film credits include Lush Life: Billy Strayhorn, a documentary that won the Writers' Guild Award for Best Documentary Script, a George Foster Peabody Award, and an Emmy. He lives in New York City. JOHN AVLON is a senior columnist for Newsweek and The Daily Beast as well as a CNN contributor. He is the author of Independent Nation and Wingnuts. He lives in New York City. JESSE ANGELO is Editorin- Chief of The Daily, the first national news brand built for the iPad, as well as Executive Editor of the New York Post and lives in New York City.ERROL LOUIS is the host of “Inside City Hall” on NY1 and a CNN contributor. He lives in New York City.
Published August 12, 2014 by Beast Books. 337 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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The Daily Beast

A collection of memorable signs from the anti-Bush protests gives you a sense of the derangement: "Bush = Satan," "Save Mother Earth, Kill Bush," "Hang Bush for War Crimes," "End the Illegal Occupation in the White House," "Bush is the Disease, Death is the Cure," "Bush is the only Dope worth Sho...

Apr 01 2010 | Read Full Review of Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fri...

Open Salon

Bush a “bigger terrorist than Osama bin Laden.” Actually, it’s a fucking fact that Bush is reponsible for the unnecessary deaths of tens of thousands of people, including tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians and more than 4,000 of our troops, in his bogus Vietraq War — which is far more ...

May 10 2010 | Read Full Review of Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fri...

The Moderate Voice

How is it influencing the major political parties, news media, political entertainment media, new media — and America’s polity in general?.

Jun 14 2010 | Read Full Review of Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fri...

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