Burn That/Buy This: Going Rogue/The Healing of America


Last week I started a new feature called ‘Burn That/Buy This’. Although it’s probably pretty self explanatory, what I started doing is suggesting a book that is so vile (in my opinion) that I think it should be burned*, and one that is so incredible I think you should buy it. So this week, I’m featuring 2 books on the New York Times Best Seller list. I’m encouraging readers to

Burn*: Going Rogue: An American Life by Sarah Palin

And to Buy: The Healing Of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care by T.R. Reid

Here’s why:
On Nov 17th, just 4 months after Sarah Palin announced she was stepping down as governor of Alaska, her book will be in stores. Every ‘Joe Six Pack’, ‘Maverick’ and ‘Main Street’ American will find out if 400 pages of easy to understand one-liners can make an interesting book. Palin has been on my $hi&?*; list for a long time but peaked on it back in August when she made some very public speeches claiming that the new health care reform contained ‘Death Panels’ (see ABC’s fact check of the story here). Early reviews of her book indicate that book contains many more falsehoods (Yahoo!). So she may be pretty, easy to understand, and charming, but the woman lies and uses fear to win her arguments. That’s why I am not supporting her book and why she makes my burn list. Side note: check out the first definition listed for ‘Rogue’ under dictionary.com. ’nuff said.

A book worth checking out, on the other hand is Reid’s book on global health care. Here is the official review from Publishers Weekly:

‘Washington Post correspondent Reid (The United States of Europe) explores health-care systems around the world in an effort to understand why the U.S. remains the only first world nation to refuse its citizens universal health care. Neither financial prudence nor concern for the commonweal explains the American position, according to Reid, whose findings divulge that the U.S. not only spends more money on health care than any other nation but also leaves 45 million residents uninsured, allowing about 22,000 to die from easily treatable diseases. Seeking treatment for the flareup of an old shoulder injury, he visits doctors in the U.S., France, Germany, Japan and England—with a stint in an Ayurvedic clinic in India—in a quest for treatment that dovetails with his search for a cure for America’s health-care crisis, a narrative device that sometimes feels contrived, but allows him valuable firsthand experience. For all the scope of his research and his ability to mint neat rebuttals to the common American misconception that universal health care is socialized medicine, Reid neglects to address the elephant in the room: just how are we to sell these changes to the mighty providers and insurers?’

*Daemon’s Books does not actually believe in burning books. That pretty much goes against everything we believe in. It’s just a joke, so calm down. Sheesh!

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