Thursday, September 22, 2016

Review of Instaread Summary of "Armageddon How Trump Can Beat Hillary" by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann

Review of

Instaread Summary of Armageddon How Trump Can Beat Hillary by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann 

Four out of five stars

 It is clear from the opening paragraphs that the book being summarized is an extremely partisan and factually flawed argument in support of the candidacy of Donald Trump. The first paragraph sets the fundamentals of the summary and the book.
“’Armageddon: How Trump Can Beat Hillary’ by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann is an attack on 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and an enthusiastic endorsement of Republican nominee Donald Trump. The book argues that Clinton is corrupt and will destroy the country if elected. By contrast, Trump is a strong, brave, noble politician.”
 Most of the summary follows along this path, all of the key takeaways can be summarized in the simplistic phrase “Hillary bad, Trump good.” It is not until the “Author’s style” section before the author of the summary injects some reality into the analysis. The following are the first three lines of the first three paragraphs of this section.
“The title of ‘Armageddon’ is melodramatic and hyperbolic.”
“Whipping up emotions does not require a great deal of care and rigor; ‘Armageddon’ is sloppy and repetitive.”
“’Armageddon’ also often includes misrepresentations and, in some cases, flat-out falsehoods.”
These are the harshest criticisms that I have ever read in an Instaread summary.
 The author of the summary takes what is the best possible potshot in debunking this book when they point out how Morris has been such a colossal failure in predicting the outcomes of elections. The following appears in the “Author’s perspective” section.
“Morris’s partisanship, however, is often hard to separate from his advice and predictions. He frequently predicts sweeping Republican successes. In 2012, Morris famously predicted that Romney would win the election against Obama in a landslide taking Florida, Ohio, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and New Hampshire— all states Obama ended up carrying in his victorious re-election campaign. Morris also predicted that Republicans would win the Senate in 2012, when, in fact, they lost seats.”
 By pointing out Morris’s record of failure in political predicting, the author of the summary renders his book into a pointless read by all but the most partisan of readers. 

This book was made available for free for review purposes. 

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