Day: September 21, 2015
Key Takeaway, Analysis & Review of Mark R. Levin’s Plunder and Deceit by Instaread is about what Levin calls a threat to American democracy by an executive branch run amok.
While the book makes a really simple grammatical error when it uses the term ‘the United State’s, it is nonetheless a comprehensive review of the book. It goes into some detail on the author’s views that the problems in the country are almost solely the fault of an executive branch that has usurped too much power, spent too much on social programs, which has caused an $18 billion national debt, and rendered the congress ineffective. While the author heaps praise on Ronald Reagan, he puts most of the blame on the Obama Administration, betraying his obvious bias.
Without being judgmental, this review clearly shows the one-sided nature of Levin’s arguments. It would, though, have been an even better analysis if it has pointed out the weakness and bias of his arguments. For instance, the review fails to point out the role that congress plays in expenditures, congressional reluctance to touch social programs, the percentage of the national debt that should be attributed to often out-of-control defense spending, etc.
This is an analysis that would have definitely benefitted from more references or resources, not just the two that were included. And, more should have been said about the clearly partisan slant of Levin’s book. In fairness, his association with previous Republican administrations were pointed out.
On the whole, it wasn’t a bad review, it just didn’t go far enough. It did, however, warn me off Levin’s book, so I’m thankful for that. I give this book three stars.