Bloodthirsty Bitches and Pious Pimps of Power The Rise and Risks of the New Conservative Hate Culture

Gerry Spence

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

304 Pages



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Bestselling author Gerry Spence takes dead aim at the conservative media hate-mongers: Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham, Nancy Grace, Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Pat Robertson, and others. They occupy the bully pulpit of the new American hate culture, the television and radio shows watched and heard by millions of people that shape the opinions and set the agendas of churches, school boards, political action groups, and ultimately those we have elected to represent all of us.

Using the full force of his own rhetorical skill—developed through decades as a legendary trial lawyer—Spence exposes the deepest and most troubling consequences of the language of hate. Anyone who is concerned about the direction America is taking will cheer to see these bullies met and conquered on their own turf.


Praise for Bloodthirsty Bitches and Pious Pimps of Power

"Spence has become the Socrates of Jackson Hole."—Larry McMurtry, author of Lonesome Dove

"Spence is one of America's last true originals—a man who thinks as brilliantly as he lives, who writes as compellingly as he talks, and who practices law as faithfully as most people practice religion."—Dan Rather

"Despite its inflammatory title, this book offers a thoughtful exploration of the vitriol of conservative commentators in the media and their effect on the broader society. Spence, an attorney who has represented Karen Silkwood and Randy Weaver of Ruby Ridge fame, lambastes Nancy Grace, Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, and other conservative commentators. While they attack liberals and others with whom they disagree, they don't dare attack their corporate sponsors, who commit all manner of misdeeds. Spence cites troubling parallels between the propaganda of Fascist Mussolini and Nazi Hitler and what he calls 'corporacy,' the growing corporate ownership and control of the media and American thought and discourse. Spence also attacks 'thingism,' the unbridled lust for products that enslaves Americans with debt, tying them to unfulfilling jobs, stoking constant fear and anger that are fed by the conservative commentators. Hate sells, Spence laments, in this stinging rebuke of the hypocrisy of commentators who cash in on the frustrations of average Americans without regard for the longer term consequences. Spence's passion should appeal to a broad range of readers concerned about the current political environment."—Vanessa Bush, Booklist (starred review)

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  • Gerry Spence

  • Gerry Spence has been a trial attorney for more than five decades and proudly represents "the little people." He has fought and won for the family of Karen Silkwood, defended Randy Weaver at Ruby Ridge, and represented hundreds of others in some of the most notable trials of our time. He is the founder of Trial Lawyer's College, a nonprofit school where, pro bono, he teaches attorneys for the people how to present their cases and win against powerful corporate and government interests. He is the author of fifteen books, including the New York Times bestseller How to Argue and Win Every Time, From Freedom to Slavery, Give me Liberty, and The Making of a Country Lawyer, and is a nationally known television commentator on the famous trials of our time. He lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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