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Monday, November 29, 2004

Tuns on Linda McQuaig's latest book

My review of It's the Crude, Dude: War, Big Oil, and the Fight for the Planet by Linda McQuaig appeared in today's Halifax Herald. It begins:

Linda McQuaig, a Toronto Star columnist, has a new book, It's the Crude, Dude: War, Big Oil, and the Fight for the Planet, in which she makes the links that connects the war to North Americans' alleged addiction to oil. McQuaig connects the dots to make a persuasive case that George Bush fought a war in Iraq under the false pretense of fighting a war on terror to help Big Oil get its hands on the crude under the Middle East.

Persuasive but wrong. McQuaig is able to draw the picture she does because she is selective on which dots to connect and sometimes even draws in a few of her own to flesh it out a bit. The end result is a book that bears little impression to reality but looks a lot like the world that those on the left, such as McQuaig, think exist.

There are two great untruths McQuaig depends upon in her narrative, both of which are examples of her ignoring the existing dots and drawing new ones to complete her picture.

The problem for liberals, especially when it comes to the war for Iraq and the reason President George W. Bush may have been inclined to liberate the country, is that reality is, for them, optional. It shouldn't be, however, for publishers; shame on Doubleday Canada for releasing this piece of trash.

Posted by Paul Tuns on November 29, 2004 in Books | Permalink


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"Reality" for publishers is to sell books. This type of book has the possibility of selling well into the left market and the ability to cross-over into the US market. Pandora's Box of fictional titles labelled as non-fiction is already wide open. Why blame a business for trying to cash in on it?

Posted by: Greg Staples | 2004-11-29 6:27:33 AM

The average mainstream publisher would put out an equally unsubstantiated and sensationalistic book written from a right-wing perspective if it thought it could make a buck, trust me.

Posted by: rick mcginnis | 2004-11-29 7:48:11 AM

McQuaig is stacked side-by-side with Michael Moore's volumes at Chapters but it remains to be seen what the post-Christmas sell-off will bring. One prediction: Doorstopper status for tons of anti-Bush junk and opportunities galore for righteous anti-globalists to insulate their solariums with these santimonious comic books.

Posted by: Barry Stagg | 2004-11-30 7:07:58 PM

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