Sunday, August 21, 2016

Review of Instaread Summary of "Hillary’s America The Secret History of the Democratic Party" by Dinesh D’Souza

Review of

Instaread Summary of Hillary’s America The Secret History of the Democratic Party by Dinesh D’Souza 

Four out of five stars

 It is clear, starting with the title, that D’Souza’s book is a collection of nonsense. The phrase “secret history of the Democratic Party” is the opening line in a massive collection of wildly partisan falsehoods. This summary is weak in that the author does not engage in sufficient critical analysis of even the wilder claims.
 The opening line of the summary is an excellent synopsis of the book.
Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party is a history of the Democratic Party, which author Dinesh D’Souza argues is the source of all evil and iniquity in American history.”
Note the absolute with the use of “all.” Only people completely ignorant of the history of the United States would ever utter or believe such a claim. The author of the summary never mounts any strong response to what is absurd.
  Another ridiculous historical absolute appears
“The real conflict during the Civil War was not between the North and the South but between the Democrats, including northern Democrats, and the new Republican party of virtue and good, led by Abraham Lincoln.”
 This is the most simplistic explanation of the American Civil War that I have ever read. The list of causes of the war is long and based on everything from economic issues and the rise of the industrial state to farming practices to social factors such as religious beliefs based on the people that originally settled in the different states. Again, there is no strong response from the author of the summary to this simplistic view of history.
 The author of the summary does take D’Souza to task in the “Author’s Perspective” section, as can be seen from the following segment.
“In Hillary’s America, D’Souza makes no effort to be balanced or even to engage seriously with opposing views. He views Democrats as always and everywhere doing evil and Republicans as always and everywhere doing good.”
 Anyone reading this summary that has any commitment to the truth will be turned off by the book as well as the author. History is only secret when you are allowed to make up your own.

This book was made available for free for review purposes. 

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