I finished reading Michael Savage's book, Trickle Up Poverty, yesterday at the library. Overall, I enjoyed the book for its great content. I am a regular listener of the Savage Nation (when not working or at school), and I will say that this book is like an extended show of Savage's. For some people, liberals and conservatives alike, this could be a bad thing. Many can be turned off by Savage's "angry old man" style of talking, and his slight ego can be annoying. Both of these elements are in the book, which may turn some people away.
However, the real meat of the book is the amount of information regarding the current events in America today (within the last 100 years being current). Savage breaks apart his passages into very typical but very important topics for Americans today, including: global warming, health care reform, and the economic crisis, among other things. As the subtitle of the book ("Stopping Obama's Attack on Our Borders, Economy, and Security") suggests, Savage's work is an answer to the first almost two years of Obama's presidency. Michael opens his book with an introduction about how Obama is taking apart the United States like a child takes apart an old watch. Being unable to put the watch back together, Obama finds another watch and tears it apart. This is Savage's analogy of what Obama is doing to this country, whether intentionally or not.
Michael Savage spends quite a few pages going over Obama's Marxist-Leninist past. Much of the information he achieves on Obama is from Obama's own books: Dreams From my Father (an autobiography) and Audacity of Hope. I have not read either of these books, but Savage claims he has read them. If one is to take Savage on his word, the information Obama himself provides is quite disturbing. Obama, as far as anyone knows, was born in Hawaii, a very fringe state of the United States with a liberal slant by all counts. However, Obama and his family moved around to different areas of the world, such as Indonesia. Obama eventually moved to mainland U.S. and graduated from Harvard. During his college years, Obama was friends with a rich Arabic student. He allegedly enjoyed many luxuries while friends with him. However, they parted ways and Obama didn't have as easy of a life from there, living in a far less luxurious lifestyle from there. This, it turns out, is a major influence to his anti-capitalistic beliefs of the rich taking from the poor. He traveled to Chicago to become an active ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) member. He would eventually become a senator for Illinois. Obama would soon ascend to become the 44th president of the United States of America.
Michael Savage spends the rest of the book explaining the very issues threatening our country's well-being. As is the theme of the book, Savage provides information and personal insight to how Obama is either letting the country deteriorate through misguided policy or even intentionally trying to promote a socialist revolution. Savage, making the book more like his show, also talks about his own life during childhood and in the present to make connections to the issues confronting America. Savage's ego comes out during his book, like when he references his previous book ("Liberalism Is a Mental Disorder") as "my bestselling book". He also comes along as an arrogant know-it-all at certain points by explaining it is he alone who is pointing out the obvious. However, unlike the liberals he denounces, Savage actually cites sources for his "baseless" accusations. His style may be egotistical and linguistically aggressive, but Michael is like a caring uncle who has been around the block a few times, has faced discrimination without help, has scientific degrees which has trained him to use logic to draw conclusions, and ultimately cares deeply about the American way and how to preserve it.
Overall, I would say I enjoyed reading Michael Savage's book. I did get myself lost on the "Nightmare On Wall Street" chapter, but I think my attention span for reading massive amounts of information has gone up since. This book provides a great analysis on Obama and the state of America at large. Savage has explained on his show that this book was meant for the November 2010 mid-term elections and is here for the upcoming 2012 presidential election. This book provides a good starting point to understanding the gravity of the situation the American people face. Looking past Savage's intimidating style, he ultimately cares about what is happening in the United States and supports all who want to promote individual rights and responsibility.
I would score this book as four-and-a-half stars out of five.
- Forsaken Eagle