Do you think the book was one-sided or fair?

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Re: Do you think the book was one-sided or fair?

Post by shidawn » 22 May 2018, 21:39

I would definitely say that it is one-sided, not just on gun control but on issues such as immigration, racism, and even his feelings toward politics in general. With that being said, I will say that on some issues, I lean more toward his side, and on other issues, I lean more toward the other side, but I still enjoyed the book. It didn't offend me or make me want to argue with him. While it didn't change my view on anything, there were a few points where it made me think through issues on a deeper level.

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Post by TrishaAnn92 » 01 Jun 2018, 21:35

I thought it was very left-leaning, it became obvious very early on in the book. This was a very uncomfortable book to read in that every character was practically the same in their beliefs. I respect the authors view, and it is his opinion (which he is upfront about) so I would say it is fair.
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Post by Kendra M Parker » 02 Jun 2018, 13:30

From the very start of the book, it is easy to tell that the book is going to be one-sided. The characterization of Fox News is probably just the first example. The characterization of the NRA rep on FoxNews also showed that thr author had little respect for them, too.

For those who agree, that makes for an easy read and doesn’t really require any extra thought on their part. If a reader is not on that side, though, I think it can make it really hard for the reader to finish the book. It is helpful to at least address the opposing side's concerns and provide some argument for your point of view if you want to make a change in someone else's opinion.

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Post by Christine Penny » 08 Jun 2018, 11:36

I am not even 20 percent into the book and I am sickened by the liberal soaked pages already! I realize why it is so hard to get through this book... It doesn't even seem like real conversations, it seems somewhat it is just liberal banter interspersed with conversation to try to hide the animosity that is always behind the liberal agenda...I really wanted to give this book a try, and I really want to be a big part of this book club... and I guess that means reading the garbage with the good to be a great reviewer... but a book like this should be called what it is...political banter and not fiction... it is definitely one-sided. And can't be fair because the writer doesn't even understand the other side of the coin. If anyone really knew what the forefathers meant for this country to be like... there wouldn't be any screaming liberals, we would all have them shunned for being pathological liars.

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Post by chupke07 » 14 Jun 2018, 11:36

I am still working my way through the book, but it is very one sided. It honestly distracts from the story line and the main point of the text so far. Less general criticism of the right and more storytelling with it mixed in would be far more effective and would probably find a broader audience.

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Post by CheyenneR » 18 Jun 2018, 22:08

I felt that it was pretty fair considering the current climate in the US. If I had to pick I would say that the author is pretty anti-gun but I don't think that it takes away from the story at all. I feel that it sometimes helps to know what side the author is on because it helps the reader to formulate their own opinion better.

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