Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dispatches from Bitter America by Todd Starnes

FOX News Radio's Todd Starnes is a self-professed “gun toting, chicken eating son of a Baptist” whose Dispatches from Bitter America is “a collection of stories from my travels across this country (and) conversations I’ve had with regular folks who have deep concerns about the direction we are going as a nation.”

In his award-winning, satire-meets-serious writing style, Starnes jumps headfirst into the current culture war, taking on the topics that are dear to every American: religion, health care, freedom, country music, barbeque, and so forth. Along the way, he shares exclusive interviews with political commentator Sean Hannity, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and cooking sensation Paula Deen, always hoping to go from bitter to better.

My review:
I loved, loved, loved this book. When I read the description, it sounded like the type of book I would enjoy, and enjoy it I did.

Starnes got the idea and title of his book from a statement Barak Obama made about conservatives being bitter people, clinging to their guns and their religion. Starnes took that statement and has written an awesome book that is definitely worth reading.

He raises some great points in the book and is both serious and hilariously funny. With chapter titles like "Singing Praise Songs to Obama", "Why Is Daddy Wearing a Dress?", "Gird Your Loins, The Preacher's Talking About Sex" to "The Worship Wars", he covers everything from the Muslim threat and the pro-gay movement, to what kind of music we should use in church. I found myself laughing out loud at points, and incensed at others while reading of the attacks on our freedoms.

There are a few interviews throughout the book with Sean Hannity, Mike Huckabee, and others.

I cannot say enough about this book. It was interesting, funny, scary, entertaining, and thought provoking. I'd recommend it to any conservative and any liberal who needs their eyes opened.

About the author:
Todd Starnes, host of FOX News & Commentary, covers high profile stories from Wall Street to the White House on hundreds of stations around the country. He is also a contributor to FOX Nation and The Strategy Room on FOXNews.com and a recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award and the Associated Press Mark Twain Award for Storytelling. His previous book was They Popped My Hood and Found Gravy on the Dipstick. Starnes lives in New York City.


Dispatches From Bitter America is available from Broadman & Holman Publishing.

Thanks to Broadman & Holman and Netgalley for the review copy.