I am the type of person that likes to know, and understand, points of view other than my own when it comes to politics. Being a fan of Ronald Reagan, I decided to search Google for the “best anti-Reagan books”. Listed among them on one site was this book by Paul Slansky, The Clothes Have No Emperor. I found out on that site that it was out of print, but worth reading. I hit eBay, found a cheap copy (the only one on there at the time), and grabbed it.
What a mistake that was. There are so many things that I like that this author detests, that I couldn’t even be brought to finish the book 100%. It’s just a painful read. That having been said, here is a short write-up of it.
The chapters in the book are setup as years. It ranges from 1980 through 1989, and each chapter is broken down further into months. And from there broken down to days, though not every day is “chronicled”. Each day that is “chronicled” has some sort of item that happened that day, or something that someone said, or something of the sort. Ranging from pop culture to the Reagan administration, there is something noted for many of the days of each month during the years in the decade… phew!
The problem is, it is short of substance and full of snark. Everything listed that happened with the administration is supposed to make the reader think, “Boy, that Reagan sure was an idiot.” Not just for policy, but for simply _breathing_. If there is someone out there looking for a rational book that is against Reagan, stay far away from this one. It is intended only for a far left audience.
Furthermore, the subtitle, “A Chronicle of the American 80′s,” should be changed to, “I Hate the 80′s and Everything About Them”. The author puts forth short bursts of disgust against such things as the movies E.T., Top Gun, and Beverly Hills Cop. He also hates the song Eye of the Tiger by Survivor.