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Book: Death of a Nation: Plantation Politics and the Making of the Democratic Party
Author: Dinesh D’Souza
Publisher: All Points Books, reprinted 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1250163776 Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1250163773 Hardcover
ISBN-13: 978-1250167842 Paperback
ISBN-10: 1250167841 Paperback
Website(s): http://www.dineshdsouza.com (author), http://www.allpointsbooks.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Teens and adults
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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D’Souza,Dinesh. Death of a Nation: Plantation Politics and the Making of the Democratic Party (Published in 2018 by All Points Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, 175 Fifth Ave., New York City, NY 10010). My younger son, a fan of such media personalities as Larry Elder, Candace Owen, and Tucker Carlson, bought this book at WalMart where he works from the discount table and encouraged me to read it. I really needed no encouragement because I am a big fan of Dinesh D’Souza. The author traces the evolution of “the plantation,” referring to a cradle-to-grave system of the massive nanny state that bred dependency and punished any urge to independence, from its origin in Andrew Jackson’s antebellum slaveholding South, through Martin Van Buren’s political machines in the north that traded government handouts for votes from ethnic immigrant blocs, Woodrow Wilson’s and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Progressive” plantation, Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” plantation, to Bill Clinton’s and Barak Obama’s multicultural plantation of ghettos for blacks, barrios for Latinos, and reservations for Native Americans. Notice that all these Presidents were Democrats.
Then the book asks, who is killing America? Is it really Donald Trump and a GOP filled with white supremacists? To answer these questions, D’Souza provides the historical evidence that Democrats and progressives on the left are the ones killing America by turning it into a model based on the racist Southern plantation system for their present-day political purposes. Whites are the only holdouts resisting full dependency, and so they are blamed for the bigotry and racial exploitation that is actually perpetrated by the left. One reviewer wrote, “Who should read the book? Every American from the 5th grade and above and especially those who call themselves Democrats.” I would add that it needs to be required reading in every American history class for homeschooled teens. Death of a Nation has been made into a movie. When our local Tea Party wanted to rent our Community Theater to show D’Souza’s previous film Hillary’s America in 2016, we were allowed to do so. However, when our local Republican Party wanted to show this one in 2020, the left-leaning Community Theater board said no.