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Shut Up And Sing

Shut Up And Sing

I finished reading Shut Up and Sing by Laura Ingraham last night. I've been reading it for a little more than a month. I must say I was pretty happy to finally finish it up.

Don't get me wrong, I very much enjoyed the book. I just think it was a little bit too long. I was happy to read it, 'cause it's helping me with my goal of reading twelve books this year (extrapolated from one a month). I'm behind schedule -- this marks my fourth book of the year, and we're already almost done with the fifth month. I'm going to have to get moving to catch back up.

Anyway, back to Shut Up and Sing. In this book, Ingraham tackles "the elites" in various aspects of society. Ingraham is a conservative talk radio host, so her perspective is obviously conservative. To her credit, however, she doesn't simply constrain her elite-bashing to liberals and Democrats. She calls out some conservatives and Republicans as well. It's an interesting perspective, but fairly predictable.

One of the things that I really did enjoy about the book was that it was not so much political in nature -- it was more "cultural." I also enjoyed the portions near the end of the book when Ingraham looked at the global aspect of some of her discussion.

All in all, I think it's a good book and I'm glad that I read it. Should you read it? Well, if you're a conservative, you'll probably feel like the proverbial choir being preached to. If you're a liberal, you'll probably disagree with much of it and end up not really enjoying the book. So, for most people, I can't really recommend it. But for people who enjoy politics or culture-watching as a bit of a hobby, it is a great viewpoint to at least be aware of, whether or not you agree with it.

As enjoyable as the book was, Laura Ingraham's radio show is much more enjoyable. I wish her book had more of the feel that her radio show has.


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May. 21st, 2004 01:01 pm (UTC)
As far as I know, her show isn't aired here in Raleigh. :/ Too bad, because I'd love to hear it sometime. We get Boortz, Rush, Hannity, and Clark Howard. On Saturdays 680 plays Mike Gallagher also.
May. 21st, 2004 01:58 pm (UTC)
Listen to an Internet stream of her show. Details are on her website.
May. 21st, 2004 01:58 pm (UTC)
Side Note of Interest...
My wife worked for Laura on one of her books so I got to meet her a few times. She's pretty cool. I remember one story about how she was mad at an ex-boyfriend and climbed up to his window, opened it up, and sprayed him with a fire extinguisher. A feisty gal!
May. 21st, 2004 05:31 pm (UTC)
That's pretty cool. From her radio show, she does seem like a feisty gal. I was really hoping that her book read more like her radio show.
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