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"Those who feel that like lemmings they are being led over a cliff would be well-advised not to read this book. They may discover that they are right."—Noam Chomsky “Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank have skillfully smoked out the real Barack Obama . . . the technofascist military strategist disguised as a Nobel Peace Laureate, but owned, operated, and controlled by Wall S "Those who feel that like lemmings they are being led over a cliff would be well-advised not to read this book. They may discover that they are right."—Noam Chomsky “Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank have skillfully smoked out the real Barack Obama . . . the technofascist military strategist disguised as a Nobel Peace Laureate, but owned, operated, and controlled by Wall Street, Corporate America, and the Pentagon.”—Thomas H. Naylor, co-author of Affluenza, Downsizing the USA “The writers assembled here hit hard, with accuracy, and do not pull punches."—Marcus Rediker, author of The Slave Ship: A Human History The Barack Obama revolution was over before it started, guttered by the politician’s overweening desire to prove himself to the grandees of the establishment. From there on, other promises proved ever easier to break. Here's the book that dares not let Obama off the hook. It's all here: the compromises, the backstabbing, the same old imperial ambitions. Covering all major "Obummer" categories since he took office, this fast-paced collection will delight the critical and offer food for thought for those contemplating the 2012 electoral circus—and beyond. Jeffrey St. Clair is co-editor of CounterPunch, author of Born Under a Bad Sky and Been Brown So Long it Looked Green to Me, and co-author of Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs, and the Press. Joshua Frank is an environmental journalist and co-editor of Red State Rebels: Tales of Grassroots Resistance in the Heartland. His investigative reports and columns appear in CounterPunch, Chicago Sun-Times, Common Dreams, and AlterNet.


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"Those who feel that like lemmings they are being led over a cliff would be well-advised not to read this book. They may discover that they are right."—Noam Chomsky “Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank have skillfully smoked out the real Barack Obama . . . the technofascist military strategist disguised as a Nobel Peace Laureate, but owned, operated, and controlled by Wall S "Those who feel that like lemmings they are being led over a cliff would be well-advised not to read this book. They may discover that they are right."—Noam Chomsky “Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank have skillfully smoked out the real Barack Obama . . . the technofascist military strategist disguised as a Nobel Peace Laureate, but owned, operated, and controlled by Wall Street, Corporate America, and the Pentagon.”—Thomas H. Naylor, co-author of Affluenza, Downsizing the USA “The writers assembled here hit hard, with accuracy, and do not pull punches."—Marcus Rediker, author of The Slave Ship: A Human History The Barack Obama revolution was over before it started, guttered by the politician’s overweening desire to prove himself to the grandees of the establishment. From there on, other promises proved ever easier to break. Here's the book that dares not let Obama off the hook. It's all here: the compromises, the backstabbing, the same old imperial ambitions. Covering all major "Obummer" categories since he took office, this fast-paced collection will delight the critical and offer food for thought for those contemplating the 2012 electoral circus—and beyond. Jeffrey St. Clair is co-editor of CounterPunch, author of Born Under a Bad Sky and Been Brown So Long it Looked Green to Me, and co-author of Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs, and the Press. Joshua Frank is an environmental journalist and co-editor of Red State Rebels: Tales of Grassroots Resistance in the Heartland. His investigative reports and columns appear in CounterPunch, Chicago Sun-Times, Common Dreams, and AlterNet.

30 review for Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    A damning and wholly necessary critique that eschews the idiocy of the Right and the pandering platitudes of the Left. Investigative journalism and biting social/economic/political commentary at their best. Bottom line: only through a massive and sustained democratic movement of those left-behind in this era of austerity at home and imperialism abroad can true systemic change occur. Appealing to those within the halls of power through electoral politics is a fool's game. A damning and wholly necessary critique that eschews the idiocy of the Right and the pandering platitudes of the Left. Investigative journalism and biting social/economic/political commentary at their best. Bottom line: only through a massive and sustained democratic movement of those left-behind in this era of austerity at home and imperialism abroad can true systemic change occur. Appealing to those within the halls of power through electoral politics is a fool's game.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paul Rhodes

    I guess I should starting writing stuff here now, especially since my reviews have with the last month acquired two "followers". I am not all that comfortable with that word "follower". My book reviews hardly constitute a religious sect, and in no way do I aspire to the literary genius of a Joseph Smith. Oh, yes, I know, Smith was merely the translator of a Holy Text written in "Reformed Egyptian". Yeah, you keep telling yourselves that. By the way, the Angel Moroni visited me last night and rev I guess I should starting writing stuff here now, especially since my reviews have with the last month acquired two "followers". I am not all that comfortable with that word "follower". My book reviews hardly constitute a religious sect, and in no way do I aspire to the literary genius of a Joseph Smith. Oh, yes, I know, Smith was merely the translator of a Holy Text written in "Reformed Egyptian". Yeah, you keep telling yourselves that. By the way, the Angel Moroni visited me last night and revealed to me in very choice "Reformed Egyptian" that Romney does not merely look like a creepy pedophile... Anyway, about the book I posted: I have only read a few of the essays so far, but that's damning enough. For instance, the piece on our "humanitarian intervention" in Libya makes a good case that it was no such thing, but rather our helping white Arab racists wage a genocidal war against poor blacks. Oh, and if Traci Foust is reading this, I should point out that this book critiques the Obama Administration squarely from the Left, not from the Right. The highlighted blurb on the front cover is by none other than Noam Chomsky. So, Ms. Foust, that should demonstrate to you that not all critics of the Obama Administration are right wing religious nutjobs. Some other stuff. Patty, I am still alive.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jamus

    A number of the essays, especially the early ones, are very light on facts, but overall the book is excellent.

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