Confronting Bias, Lies, and the Special Interests that Divide America
Author: Larry Elder
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
August 2002

>From the Publisher:
Ten Things You Can't Say in America struck a chord with eager readers across the country, exposing truths others have been too afraid to address. In his new book, Elder is out to slay entrenched and enmeshed special interest groups, government agencies with the capacity to meddle in American's lives and businesses, lawmakers who continue a pattern of outrageous over taxation, and those who would hamstring this country with good intentions. Showdown demonstrates how the nation would be better, stronger and safer with less government intervention and how individuals would not only cope but thrive without the so-called safety net. Showdown is a call to arms for a truly free society. Elder discusses:

- What a Republican-led government means for progress

- Where a responsible government would put it's citizens' tax dollars

- Why racial and sex discrimination are non-issues in the 21st century

Larry Elder's straight talk and common-sense solutions spare no one and will inspire his passionate and growing audience.

>From Publishers Weekly:
Elder's new book is not for the timid and weak of mind. In his second book, the popular California radio host and author of the bestselling The Ten Things You Can't Say in America, accuses the U.S. government of "liberal fascism," denying its people the freedom to work hard, make their own choices and reap the benefits of their labor. He takes us back to a vision of America as he says the Founding Fathers intended it to be: less government, more personal responsibility; less red tape, more freedom; less dependency, greater wealth. With an arsenal of facts and real-life evidence, Elder assails many of what he terms societal myths. Racism in America? Almost nonexistent, he declares. Public education? Get rid of it. The mainstream media? Obstreperous in its liberal bias, shameful in its denial. No special group or interest escapes the author's indictment. The essential purpose of government, Elder asserts, is to protect its citizens. As evidenced by the September 11 tragedy, he argues, the government cannot adequately defend its citizens when its elected officials are pouring time and money into a vast array of pet projects. It is time, Elder declares, for a reshuffling of priorities. Although somewhat slapdash, this remains a provocative charge. Elder's voice is refreshing even when you disagree with him. (Sept.) Forecast: This book's success will no doubt be similar to that of Elder's previous book: expect to see it on bestseller lists alongside Ann Coulter's Slander.