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Thanks Ben Stein
Reviewed in the United States on February 19, 2008
I heard that a large portion of the profits from this book go toward the troops in one way or another so I bought a copy and read it for the sake of supporting Mr. Stein's good deed. I like his sense of humor and his way of laying out his political views anyway, so it's not like I was buying for the patriot edge alone. I liked the book and I commend him for writing it. I believe that his heart is in the right place but it is hard to fathom that he truly cares about the "Real Stars" on a day-to-day basis. Cetainly, he answers from his heart when the subject comes up but there is simply no way one lives the Hollywood life that he has enjoyed with our troops on his mind all the time. Fair is fair though and our troops do not constantly (although often) dream of a Hollywood life while they are bunkering down through a sand storm wondering why they are fighting in Iraq when the SOB that attacked us is still combing the hills of Afghanistan/Pakistan. Mr. Stein speaks of True Heroes and their widows in the book. Those heroes signed up to defend our freedom but Ben still blindly supports the leaders that sent those heroes away from the land (and the war mongers) that harbor Bin Laden in order to take out whats-his-name, that tirant in Iraq. We failed to capture the monster responsible for 9/11 and now our assets are stetched so thin that we likely never will. Ben Stein is a great man among politicians but we need one huge collective "aw-crap" from great men eating at the fine restaurants in LA & we need to wake up and chase the true demon before he strikes again. I believe that we will look back in history at the years following 9/11 and realize how foolish we truly were; chasing ghosts and allowing Al Qaeda the chance to regroup and spread. Iraq was a terrible regime but they kept Iran under control - now that we took care of that problem, well, you see what Iran is up to now. All the while, Bin Laden continues to elude the elite team assigned to capture him ... the elite team that was disbanded after heading back to finish daddy's war.
Anyway, it's a decent book, good for keeping next to the crapper because you can read a chapter or two while doing your business and not get wrapped into any sort of plot that would keep you from getting up when the deed is done. I give him 5 stars just because his heart is in the right place, even if he loses track of that and talks about his Italian tile floors and multiple homes in between stories of "The Real Stars".